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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Week 3: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matthew Stafford regressed during Week 2, throwing 27/48 for 291 yards passing (a respectable total), but only managing one TD thrown vs. one interception, and he was sacked four times for -38 yards. Calvin Johnson (13 for 6/83/0), Joique Bell (11 for 6/61/0) and Golden Tate (eight for 5/57/0) were his main targets last week, with fullback Jed Collins (2/3/1 receiving) the recipient of the lone TD that Detroit scored last week. The Lions didn't do well when faced with a top-shelf defense such as Carolina's. This week, the Lions face a fairly stout pass D when Green Bay rolls into Detroit - the Packers are sixth in the NFL this year averaging 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. one interception generated so far. Geno Smith and Mike Vick were held to 16/32 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week, while Russell Wilson had an easy time against the Pack on opening day - he was sacked once for zero yards lost, and didn't have an interception on the way to 19/28 for 191 yards, with two TDs thrown. The Packers haven't allowed a ton of passing yards yet this year, but they haven't pressured opposing passers much, either. Stafford and company have to face the thunderous Green Bay home field advantage this week, so we consider this a neutral matchup on balance.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 1 4 0 6 6 93 0 0
2 at CAR 0 0 0 8 5 57 0 0
3 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 4 * * *
3 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 4 * * *
3 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

It was a slow start for Tate against the Giants despite the offensive fireworks in the first quarter. Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were the preferred targets early. Tate found room to operate in the second half with a long reception down the sidelines to convert third and long. On the second half catch, Tate got behind the zone-playing cornerback and did not get picked up by the safety. Tate made the catch as he backpedaled down the field and turned to face Matthew Stafford. The 40+ yard gain fueled his stat line. Tate's overall usage was similar to his role in the preseason: the goal was to get Tate the ball early and allow him to make return game-like moves after the catch.

2014 Week 2 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)

Tate was the offensive centerpiece on Detroit's opening drive with three receptions. Tate fumbled on one of them, a sliding reception, but the Lions recovered. On another, Tate used a spin move to gain additional yardage on a wide receiver screen. Tate's function in the offense centers around his returner-like ability after the catch and the play-calling this week matched his skills once again.


Detroit Lions Team Links

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 35, 25, 37, 43, 49
Overall Dynasty - 67, 51

Footballguys Articles

Faceoff: Finding a Future Dynasty Stud
  FBG Staff - June 11
From The Gut
  Sigmund Bloom - June 6
NFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
FanDuel Bargain Buys: Week 3
  Heath Cummings - September 19
FanDuel Bargain Buys: Week 2
  Heath Cummings - September 12
Talent vs. System: Pump The Brakes or Ready To Fly?
  Ari Ingel - August 28
Gut Check No.309 - PPR Tiers Update 8/16
  Matt Waldman - August 16
Old Dog Learns New Tricks: Week 3
  Mark Wimer - September 19
Week 3 Wide Receiver Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - September 18
Week 2 Wide Receiver Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - September 11

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6@ Minnesota Vikings
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