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Cameron Brate, OJ Howard start or sit: Week 8 fantasy football advice

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Cameron Brate, OJ Howard ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) tries to run past Los Angeles Rams defensive back Darious Williams (11) during the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Game day update: Rob Gronkowski is expected to play today barring a pre-game setback, but Rick Stroud is reporting he will be used “situationally” and thus not get a full workload.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are traveling to New Orleans to take on the Saints in a big divisional matchup. With all of the weapons that the Buccaneers have, it’s hard to always predict who will have their big week. Cameron Brate and OJ Howard haven’t been the go-to guys for the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs TEs Cameron Brate, OJ Howard

This season, Cameron Brate has 11 receptions for 110 yards and no touchdowns. Similarly, OJ Howard has 11 receptions 109 yards and one touchdown. You don't always see this close of numbers for two tight ends, but they have been in an odd situation with Rob Gronkowski dealing with some injury issues.

The New Orleans Saints passing defense is nothing like their run defense. They rank 20th in all of the NFL in allowed passing yards and that has a big Tom Brady game written all over it. The Saints have done a relatively good job limiting tight ends and the Bucs offense hasn’t really relied on Brate or Howard.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

In both DFS and season-long fantasy, both guys should sit, especially with Gronkowski likely coming back.