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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

5-10, 199Born: 8-2-1988College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): How much more can Tate do to justify his offseason contract and love from his fantasy owners? A long run and catch score keyed another huge day. Even with Calvin Johnson returning soon, it will be hard to put Tate back on your bench.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matthew Stafford worked without his top wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, and both of his top two tight ends, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria, last week. He still managed a come-from-behind victory over the Saints, with 27/40 for 299 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -14 yards. Golden Tate continues to be worth his weight in the shiny stuff, with 13 targets for 10/154/1 receiving last weekend; five other receivers caught at least two balls from Stafford, including Corey Fuller (five targets for 3/44/1), who accounted for the other TD pass. With Johnson traveling to London this week and reportedly feeling much better, Stafford may get to play this week with the consensus top wide receiver in the NFL - stay tuned to's Players in the News for the latest on this front, and remember this game will be played extra-early in U.S. time on Sunday thanks to the kickoff being in Wembley Stadium, London UK. You'll likely have to make the call on whether to start Johnson or sit him on Saturday night, at the latest. The Falcons' pass D is nose-diving as the season goes along, currently ranking 29th in the NFL averaging 274.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores given up vs. only four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and a paltry seven sacks (tied-27th) generated. Joe Flacco threw 16/25 for 248 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions last week, with one sack taken for -10 yards; Jay Cutler bombed this group for 26/38 yielding 381 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -6 yards) two weeks ago. Stafford has a great matchup to work with here in front of the Brit crowd.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at NYJ 0 0 0 10 8 116 0 0
5 vs BUF 0 0 0 9 7 134 1 0
6 at MIN 0 0 0 12 7 44 0 0
7 vs NO 0 0 0 13 10 154 1 0
8 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 134 / 1 rec)

Like last week, Golden Tate took full advantage of a hobbled Calvin Johnson. Tate stepped up as the feature receiver against the Bills with second straight strong game. Buffalo defensive backs struggled to contain Tate after the catch. Tate was smooth on his deep out routes and juked initial defenders regularly for yards-after-the-catch. With one minute to play, Tate made his biggest impact as he broke a slant route into a long catch-and-run into field goal range. Detroit ultimately missed the game-winning attempt, but Tate's second straight big game plus Calvin Johnson's aggravation of his ankle injury positions Tate to be a featured target in the coming weeks.

2014 Week 6 vs MIN (12 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)

Without Calvin Johnson out of the lineup, it was the Golden Tate show for the Detroit passing game against Minnesota. Tate was peppered with a hearty 36% of the team targets in the game, but it resulted in little production. Tate and Matthew Stafford struggled to connect against tight coverage and the catch-and-run opportunities from previous weeks were not present. Tate dropped three catchable passes in addition to other contested targets. Tate's best opportunity for a big play came on a well-executed double-move, easily creating separation on the defensive back. The defender held Tate, drawing a penalty in the process, but Tate nearly made a one-handed reception down the field post-penalty. The Lions passing offense struggled to find rhythm this week and the Vikings were geared up to stop Golden Tate, in which they were successful.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (13 / 10 / 154 / 1 rec)

With Calvin Johnson out, Tate saw another game as the featured receiver of the Detroit offense. Tate consistently made yards after the catch with his running back-like ability. Stafford targeted him on more than 30% of his throws and Tate had more than double the targets of any other Lions player against New Orleans. In addition to his highlight reel catch-and-run touchdown that saved the game for Detroit in the fourth quarter, two plays could have been made for an even bigger day. On the first, Stafford missed Tate on a third down out route, stalling Detroit outside of field goal range. On the second, Tate drew a defensive pass interference penalty in a one-on-one situation down the sideline - without the penalty Tate likely scores on a long touchdown. As it stood, the penalty was 31 yards and set the Lions up in the red zone. Tate dominated after the catch and his already big game could have been close to 200 yards with an additional touchdown. Tate was one of the bigger free agent acquisitions of the offseason on offense and validated it this week in Detroit's comeback victory.


Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate making consistent impact (Tue Oct 21, 11:28 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.

Our View: Tate has been amazing for the Lions this year. He was certainly one of the most underrated free agent additions this offseason. Tate has especially shined with the team missing Calvin Johnson in the lineup.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson misses another practice (Fri Oct 17, 12:12 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) didn't practice for the sixth straight day Friday, Oct. 17. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't ruling him out for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, but he also didn't make it sound like Johnson would play, either. Johnson said earlier this week that he sees no reason to rush back to the field until he's completely healthy. The team will lean heavily on WRs Golden Tate, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross, along with RBs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush if Johnson doesn't play again.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson out today (Sun Oct 12, 11:28 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will not play Sunday, Oct. 12.

Our View: Golden Tate is a WR1 this week for fantasy and his team, make sure you start him.
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