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WR Brandon Tate - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Brandon Tate and Adam Jones have split time the last two years as returners. Tate outplayed Jones in 2013 enough to take a larger piece of the pie, a trend that may continue this year.

Week 9: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton found a way to score against the Ravens, with 6/14/2 rushing to help out his fantasy owners (21/28 for 266 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown). Mohamed Sanu continued to do the heavy lifting for the injury-decimated receiving corps, with nine targets for 5/125/0 receiving to his credit. Greg Little was a temporary lift (five targets for 3/42/0 receiving) while Cincinnati waits for A.J. Green to get back in the action. Green said after the game last week that his sore toe is back to 80% healthy, and IF he doesn't suffer another practice-session setback it is looking good for Green to play in Week 9. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week for the latest on Green's practice participation. If he can go, it should provide a lift for Dalton's performance as a passer. The Jaguars started the year being pathetic at pass defense, and currently rank 27th in the NFL averaging 267.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs allowed vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL). They do have 25 sacks this season (tied for second in the NFL), which has become a building block for the pass D. Ryan Tannehill was held to 16/29 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards), while Brian Hoyer threw 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception two games ago (also three sacks taken for -18 yards). During October, the Jaguars' pass D has taken several steps forward - they aren't getting totally dominated in this phase of the game anymore. Dalton has faltered without Green, but against the so-so Jaguars pass D he should be able to get on track in the passing phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 at NE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 vs CAR 1 9 0 5 4 38 1 0
7 at IND 0 0 0 2 1 7 0 0
8 vs BAL 0 0 0 2 2 30 0 0
9 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 1 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Tate has always been a limited WR, but the Bengals did a good job of putting him in positions to succeed. Tate started his day by catching a 16 yard slant pass on 3rd down on the Bengals' initial drive. Tate then scored on a 6 yard TD that was almost a running play. He came in motion behind Dalton, and Dalton hit him on the swing pass as the ball was hiked. Tate did a good job of streaking toward the endzone and diving for the TD. Tate also had a nice 9 yard gain on a reverse, and showed good hands late in the game on a sideline route, catching the ball, dragging the knee and getting a very big first down. Tate is in over his head a bit as a starter, but he held his own on this day, contributing on a few plays. One note, Adam Jones replaced Tate on a kickoff return late in the game, and scorched the defense for a 97 yard gain. Tate has succeeded in the past in the return game, but Tate needs to hit the bench, as Jones is a far superior kickoff returner.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tate was awful in this game. He was on the field, but got little separation and made nothing happen. He had one chance to make a play as Dalton threw a slant to Tate right at the goalline. But as Tate caught the ball and turned towards the endzone, the defender stripped the ball out of his hands. Tate just has no business being on the field as a number 2 WR, as the talent just isn't there.

2014 Week 8 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Tate had 2 passes in the 3rd quarter, one on a 13 yard sideline route, and the other on a 17 yard intermediate throw in the middle of the field. Tate remains a poor 3rd option, and is much more suited to a strictly backup role, as he just can't get open enough against NFL defenses to be a consistent threat.

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Footballguys Articles

Dynasty Depth Chart Diving: AFC Wide Receivers
  Chad Parsons - July 3
Gut Check No.320: Fantasy Mid-Season Review
  Matt Waldman - October 14
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 9
  Greg Russell - October 29
Dynasty Movement: Week 8
  Jeff Tefertiller - October 22
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 8
  Greg Russell - October 21
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 7
  Greg Russell - October 15
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 6
  Greg Russell - October 7
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 4
  Greg Russell - September 24
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 3
  Greg Russell - September 17
Marvin Jones' Foot Injury - Roundtable
  Jeff Pasquino - August 11

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NFL Depth Chart Watch: Training Camp Battles
  Andrew Fiorentino - August 15

Schedule

9vs Jacksonville Jaguars
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ New Orleans Saints
12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers