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How to handle Cameron Brate in Week 9 fantasy football with O.J. Howard out

The Bucs are banged up at tight end. We break down the Week 9 fantasy football implications for Cameron Brate with his rib injury and O.J. Howard out for the game.

Cameron Brate of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Taylor Rapp of the Los Angeles Rams tries to stop him at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, and they will be without tight end O.J. Howard for a second straight week. Howard is dealing with a hamstring injury and did not practice at all this week.

Cameron Brate will start in his place for a second straight game. Last week, Brate caught three of six targets for 32 yards. He had two catches on four targets for 47 yards the week prior to their bye. He is dealing with a rib injury that has him listed as questionable. He sat out Wednesday practice, was limited on Thursday, and was a full participant on Friday.

Fantasy football analysis: Bucs TE Cameron Brate

The Seahawks have given up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends, so this projects as a potential solid opportunity for Brate. He’s a solid plug-and-play this week, and then again next week against the Arizona Cardinals if Howard is out again. He’s a low-end TE1, but still worth a start given the dearth of options at tight end.