WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 199||Born: 8-2-1988||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 2|
Tate has handled punts when T.J. Jones has been inactive.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Tate isn't going to be a season changer, but if the Lions offense is run efficiently, he's a high floor WR3/Flex in PPR, and he could be more if Calvin Johnson's nagging ankle injury becomes a problem.
Week 12: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Lions won a game last week! In other dire portents of doom, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were seen getting their horses shod, and the moon turned blood red. Just kidding - the Lions really did win a game, though. Matthew Stafford found both his primary receivers for over 50 yards receiving last week, making their fantasy owners less depressed. Calvin Johnson had nine targets for 5/88/0 receiving; Golden Tate handled 11 for 8/73/0; and Theo Riddick saw six for 5/72/0. The only TD scored by the Lions' offense was run in by Stafford, making his fantasy owners slightly less depressed (22/35 for 282 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with 6/31/1 rushing). The Eagles' fans left Lincoln Financial Field feeling depressed last week, after their 'defense' allowed well over 500 combined yards to the Buccaneers, including a whopping 19/29 for 246 yards passing, one million (ok, only FIVE) TDs, and zero interceptions to rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Philadelphia lost 45-17, but Mark Sanchez didn't fumble the ball! There is a silver lining in every cloud, Eagles' fans. Two depressing units face off in this depressing-yet-nationally televised matchup. That sounds about even to us.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs OAK (11 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate continues to earn his keep on short routes near the line of scrimmage. Targeted heavily throughout the game, much of Tate's success came on single digit yardage receptions, with the exception of a beautiful wide receiver screen where he turned it up field for a 21 yard gain. A touchdown pass in the first quarter that was intended for Tate was broken up by a defender at the goal line, as Tate was well covered on the play.
2015 Week 10 vs GB (4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Involved on many of Detroit's trick/mislead plays, Tate only had one substantial play on the day. After a short 3 yard catch in the second quarter, Tate wasn't used again until a fake handoff to Abdullah and run out of the backfield in the opposite direction for a gain of 5 yards in the third quarter. Tate was next used on a play action pass for a 5 yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Tate used his speed on an end around for 10 yards, but truly put his skills on display later with a 43 yard catch and run, the majority of the yardage being after the catch when he caught the ball, shifted direction and worked his way across the field.
2015 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Finding all of his success between the numbers, Golden Tate was targeted equally throughout each quarter and moved the ball on crossers and slant routes. Stafford's best pass of the day was a ěthread the needleî toss in between defenders to find Tate for a 15 yard gain. While Tate has found success with targets and moving the chains, his overall stat line has been less than impressive coming off a 2014 Pro Bowl.
2015 Week 7 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the passing offense, Tate had a rough day. He dropped one pass on a crossing route, and overall had a hard time getting free from coverage in time for quarterback Matt Stafford to deliver the ball. With Stafford under constant pressure, Tate just didn't have the time to get open.
2015 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate continues to find nearly all of his usage near the line of scrimmage on screens and slants. These suit him well, and he continues to find success down the field after the catch. Tate finished the day with one touchdown on a short crossing route. Tate caught the ball near the goal line and was immediately contacted. He fumbled and Chicago recovered in the end zone for a touchback. He did not appear to have full control of the ball and did not maintain possession until he went to the ground. The play was overturned and questionably ruled a touchdown for Detroit. Later in the third quarter Tate scored again, but a debatable pass interference call on Calvin Johnson negated the play.
2015 Week 5 vs ARI (18 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The Arizona pressure played positively into wide receiver Golden Tate's game on Sunday, as he was targeted equally by Stafford and Orlovsky on short, quick passes near the line of scrimmage. Finding success on quick slants, bubble screens, and even an end around out of the backfield, Tate was able to help move the chains. Stafford did target him in the first quarter on a deep 35 yard pass that was unfortunately well covered by Tyrann Mathieu. Late in the third quarter, Tate helped convert a long third down with his longest reception of the day for 17 yards. Not wanting to be left out, Tate did manage a turnover of his own on a quick slant for 6 yards. He was able to catch the ball and take a couple of steps before a defender punched the ball out from behind.
2015 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Underutilized for much of the game, Golden Tate saw the majority of his targets in the second and third quarter, mostly for minimal gain. His largest gain was in the fourth quarter when Tate caught a 10 yard reception and added 12 yards after the catch for a total of 22 yards. Detroit needs to find more insightful ways to take advantage of Tate's yards-after-catch ability to maximize their potential.
2015 Week 3 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Similar to Johnson, all of Golden Tate's receptions were short routes. He did, however, manage a 33 yard reception on a short grab, accounting for nearly all of it after the catch.
2015 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Targeted nine times on the day, Tate was successful throughout the first half and caught all 5 of his targets. As the game wore on Tate struggled with the coverage. Midway through the third quarter Tate stumbled on a cut to the outside and lost the step he had on his defender. Shortly thereafter he was jammed on his route and came up short on the pass in his direction. Finally, on a go-ahead 25 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, Tate bobbled the catch and dropped it in air as he succumbed to coverage and a less than ideal throw from Stafford.
2015 Week 1 vs SD (8 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The coverage played into Golden Tate's game, and he was targeted heavily on 8 attempts, managing to grab four for 24 yards. After Stafford's big hit earlier in the game, Tate and Stafford were clearly out of sync. A good amount of pressure, poor mechanics, and route confusion seemed to affect the quarterback and wide receiver for the remainder of the game, clouding the potential of two significant throws later in the game that would have resulted in significant yardage.
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