Golden Tate, WR, Lions: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Golden Tate, WR, Lions

Position ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR 87.11 DET Active 5 years 26 5'10 202 @ShowtimeTate

2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Jul-08-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

The Lions have been searching for a viable compliment to Calvin Johnson for years and they finally found him. Golden Tate is not flashy, but is as sure-handed and reliable as they come. Tate is coming off a career year in which he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five TDs. It's not much, but those numbers aren't easy to produce given Seattle's style of play. The Lions have a lot of playmakers, so dependable fantasy numbers week-to-week is likely asking a lot. Stafford need a good number two receiver and Tate is hopefully the perfect fit. Although he has Megatron opposite him taking a lot more targets than anyone in Seattle did, Tate should come close to equaling or outpacing his '2013 numbers. Grab Tate and stash him on your bench (or plug him in as a WR3/flex).

Latest Update

Oct-29-14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson ready to return after Week 9 bye

With their bye week on tap for Week 9, the Detroit Lions will use the time off to rest and heal, specifically star WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson said Wednesday that he plans to be ready to go for the team's Week 10 game with Miami. "Definitely expect to play," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to the game, playing some old teammates. That makes it all that much better."

Johnson has missed the past three games due to a high right ankle sprain.

Fantasy Analysis:

This is good for every Lion's fantasy value except for WR Golden Tate. Tate has filled in nicely in Johnson's absence, averaging eight catches for 116 yards receiving with two touchdowns in the three games. He has been a WR1 the past few weeks but figures to slip to a low-end WR2 upon Johnson's return.

Johnson's return will definitely be good for QB Matthew Stafford, giving him his biggest receiving weapon back. It will also help open running lanes for whoever is manning Detroit's backfield, whether it be Reggie Bush, Joique Bell or even Theo Riddick.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

10/29 - Lions WR Calvin Johnson ready to return after Week 9 bye
10/25 - Lions stars Reggie Bush (doubtful), Calvin Johnson (game-time decision) on injury report Injury
10/17 - Lions news: WR Calvin Johnson needs a 'miracle'; TE Eric Ebron doubtful; RB Reggie Bush probable Injury
10/13 - Lions might sit WR Calvin Johnson through Week 9 bye Injury
10/9 - Lions WR Calvin Johnson has high ankle sprain, still hopes to play in Week 6 Injury
10/7 - Lions WR Calvin Johnson may sit Week 6 Injury
10/1 - Lions WR Calvin Johnson 'definitely' feeling better than last week Injury

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
7.01 Gridiron Irishmen - This guy is for real and obtaining 80 receptions is well in reach and a #5 WR, I am lovin it!
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
6.12 Scout PRO - Always had talent and now goes from run heavy off to pass heavy off
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