Golden Tate, WR, Lions: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Golden Tate, WR, Lions

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #19 56.97 DET Active 6 years 27 5'10 198 @ShowtimeTate

2015 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Dec-12-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/12): Tate has 23 catches for 186 yards and a TD on 29 targets in the last three games, which gives him some value in the season long games. On the year he has two TDs while averaging 8.4 targets per game. His catch rate (66.3) is in an elite area so he just needs more targets to offer upside. His big strikes in 2015 are that he only gains 9.2 YPR. The Rams have strength at CB and this game is on the road. Reasonable price with a slight bump in value of late, but he needs a big play with a TD to deliver a winning score.

UPDATE (11/18): Tate has not built off his breakout 2014 season. In fact his numbers are really bad. For the season, he has just 44 receptions, 429 yards and one touchdown. He has not topped 80 yards all season. Apparently, he cannot be a second option and having Calvin Johnson opposite him does not help. It's hard to not blame the quarterback for this. It's also important to note there was also just an offensive coordinator change recently. Tate could potentially benefit from Joe Lombardi being fired and Jim Bob Cooter taking over, but that remains to be seen.

It's not difficult to see why Tate had a breakout season in 2014. After catching 64 balls for 898 yards with the Seahawks in 2013, he amassed 99 catches and 1,331 yards in his first season with Detroit. Having his targets total rise from 99 to 144 certainly helped. In Weeks 7-9 with Calvin on the sidelines, Golden did a great job of stepping up, catching 28 of 41 targets for 414 yards and two touchdowns. In his 13 other games, Tate had only two 100-yard performances and two touchdowns. He did record at least five catches in 12 games, making him a steady player in all formats. He scored double-digit Fantasy points in all but three games last season in PPR leagues. He'll have the advantage of seeing single coverage on most plays when Johnson is on the field, which may lead to more TDs. But Tate also proved that he could be a No. 1 wideout when Johnson is unavailable. Detroit's lack of other viable receiving options at WR and TE will help maintain his value. With the idea that Johnson will be healthy, Tate is probably due for a slight regression. About 90 catches and 1,200 yards with a few more touchdowns sounds about right. He should be a consistent WR2.

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
4.01 Team Ritchie - I know what you are thinking and yes, I know I drafted Calvin earlier. Love him for two reasons, he is great Calvin insurance if there is an injury plus I can start these guys together and count on Golden to get me 15 plus points per week. (Comments Added
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