After being assigned to a small bit part during the regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have elevated tight end Cameron Brate to a major supporting player in the playoffs. He was targeted five times in the NFC Championship game against the Packers, coming away with three catches for 19 yards and a touchdown. Brate’s role in the offense over the last month is enough to make him a viable fantasy football consideration for the Super Bowl.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs TE Cameron Brate, $7,200
During the regular season, Brate saw an average of barely more than two targets per game. In three playoff games, he’s seen an average of more than five targets per game. He had 50 yards on four catches in the Divisional round against the Saints, and 80 yards on four grabs in the Wild Card round. The main difference is that the Bucs are now leaning on Rob Gronkowski primarily as a pass blocker.
Tight ends have been successful against the Chiefs. Dawson Knox of the Bills had 46 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the AFC Championship. That was the 10th touchdown the Chiefs have given up to opposing tight ends through the regular season and playoffs. The last time these two teams met, Gronk was still the primary pass catching option at tight end for Tampa, and he finished the game with six catches for 106 yards. Brate showed up in the box score for that one with four catches for 34 yards.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Obviously, the most popular tight end pick for the Super Bowl is going to be Travis Kelce. However, given that teams are attacking the Chiefs with their tight ends, and Brate’s increased role in the passing game, he’s not a bad choice to have in your lineup. He’s a good choice to differentiate your DFS lineup from the masses too, and save some budget for other spots.
Brate is considered questionable on the final injury report after picking up a back injury in practice this week. He plans on playing, but the injury does make for a riskier, but likely lower rostership play.