Cameron Brate 2022 Fantasy Football Projections, Rankings & Outlook

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Gronk’s departure from Tampa also impacts the Buccaneers tight end end room massively because it thrusts Cameron Brate in the starting tight end role – the Harvard man is under contract till 2024.

Although Brate was a non-factor in the games he filled in for Gronkowski last season. He averaged just three targets and 3.8 fantasy points per game. However, he was splitting snaps with OJ Howard (signed with Buffalo this offseason), so there’s reason to believe he will have a more fruitful role in 2022. Not to mention his competition for targets last season – Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown – will look much less menacing to open the year between mostly Evans and Russell Gage.

He’s easily worth drafting in Best Ball drafts while his price remains cheap, but don’t go out over your skies to snag him in redraft formats. His sub-9% target rate per route run while Gronk was sidelined doesn’t necessarily enthrall confidence that Brate is Brady’s guy. You’re hoping he emerges as a boom-or-bust TD scorer based on his 20 red-zone targets – tied for 2nd with several tight ends – from last season. It would not be the first time Brate would be a fantasy TE1 having finished top-8 in 2016 and 2017.
Andrew Erickson

With Rob Gronkowski calling it a career, Cameron Brate steps in as the unquestioned starting tight end with only Cade Otton, Ko Kieft, Codey McElroy, Ben Beise, and JJ Howland on the roster behind him. If touchdowns are the lifeblood of tight ends, Brate is alive as a fantastic late-round option. Last year Brate was tied for ninth in red-zone targets in the NFL. While he was 56th out of 58 tight ends in yards per route run last season, Brate has flashed far more efficient seasons in the past (minimum 20 targets, per PFF). In 2020 he was sixth in yards per route run at position while also finishing 16th in back-to-back seasons in 2016-2017 (minimum 20 targets, per PFF). Last season his aDOT dropped to 7.8 as he was used primarily as a goal-line weapon, but he could see it climb back to the 10.0 range he enjoyed in 2016-2017. Brate is cheap exposure to one of the best offenses in the NFL.
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