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WR Brandon Tate - Buffalo Bills

5-10, 183Born: 10-5-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Tyrod Taylor faceplanted badly in Week 10, managing a pitiful 56 passing yards through 3+ quarters of play against the Saints. As a result, he was benched for Week 11, and there's a decent chance it's a permanent move. The current coaching staff has no ties to him, after all, but chose Nathan Peterman in this year's draft. Peterman is an experienced, pro-style passer, but he lacks NFL athleticism and timing at the moment, and he's likely to experience some debut pains - especially against one of the league's best pass defenses. That's why Kelvin Benjamin's addition - and Charles Clay's return from injury - are so crucial to Peterman's outlook. The rookie needs a go-to option or two, which Benjamin can be at times and Clay was consistently before going down. Both can help to maximize Peterman's middling volume and errant throws, but it's unlikely we'll see the big-time efficiency needed to stoke interest in this passing game. Until we see what Peterman actually has, this unit is not just a guessing game: it's entirely hands-off for fantasy purposes. The Chargers pass defense has remained one of the league's best despite the season-long loss of stud cornerback Jason Verrett. Armed with an explosive pass rush and another shutdown-esque cover man on the other side (Casey Hayward), they've allowed opponents to throw for 250+ yards just twice all year. Tom Brady excelled in Week 8, and Blake Bortles managed to throw for 273 yards last Sunday, but let's take those with a grain of salt. Brady is Brady, the best to ever play the position, and Bortles needed 51 hotly-contested attempts to reach his mark, giving away 3 sacks and 2 interceptions in the process. This unit is still a relatively prohibitive one to opponents' fantasy value - especially that of wide receivers. Hayward provides occasional shadow coverage, but even when he doesn't, emerging star safety Jahleel Addae and company are adept at disrupting downfield throws. Ultimately, most opposing pass games face rough floors and depressed ceilings in this matchup, and Tyrod Taylor's outlook is no different.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 vs TB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs OAK 5 0 0 0 1 1 24 0 0 2.4
10 vs NO 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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Brandon Tate was targeted four times and finished with two catches and 25 yards. One of his catches was a touchdown on a seam route from the slot. Tate extended for a high throw and dragged both feet to secure the catch. Tate also served as the team's punt returner.

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Schedule

11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins