WR Golden Tate - New York Giants

5-10, 199Born: 8-2-1988College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2, pick 2010

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Tate has been suspended for the first four games of the season, but is appealing

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, the Giants opted this week to remove Eli Manning from under center. They'd reached a breaking point: over his last 10 games, Manning had averaged just 7.0 yards per attempt and thrown 16 touchdowns. With a weakened arm and no tools left to beat the pass rush, hesimply lacks any dynamic skills at this point. That's why the offense is currently made up almost entirely of low-impact slot specialists. Rookie Daniel Jones will take the reins starting this Sunday, and he's fresh off a fantastic preseason that saw him complete 85% of his throws. He's big-armed and mobile, offering far more creativity than Manning ever did. Perhaps he'll catch the NFL napping on him for a few weeks, generating big plays on instinct outside the pocket. Still, he's a relatively green rookie leading an offense that lacks firepower. Week to week, his best-case scenario is a high-volume day full of check-downs to explosive youngsters Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. When that happens, both become high-level producers capable of winning fantasy weeks. Engram has caught 17 of his 22 targets thus far, while Barkley is capable of turning any short catch into something special. Sterling Shepard, if cleared by the concussion protocol, will provide another reliable set of hands from the slot. But beyond Engram and Barkley, there's no reason to prioritize this passing game in any fantasy format. The Tampa Bay pass defense remains one of football's most vulnerable. With little turnover from last year's bottom-tier group, they're still allowing more big plays than they should. The outside coverage unit remains shaky at best, and a lack of communication inside leaves tons of run-after-catch room. On Thursday night, Greg Olsen's two long scampers down the seam served as shining examples of this unit's shortcomings. Cam Newton totaled 324 yards, even leaving a few misfires on the table. Vernon Hargreaves remains hit-or-miss in coverage, and he gave up a number of plays to D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel last week. He recorded 12 tackles on the night, which is never a good sign for a cornerback. The pass rush has improved, with youngsters Shaquil Barrett and Vita Vea bending the pocket much more than was seen last year. But until they can be trusted to hold coverage, this will continue to be a plus fantasy matchup. Even the Giants' thinned-out receiving corps enjoys something of an advantage here.

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Golden Tate's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Schedule

3@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Washington Redskins
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Arizona Cardinals
8@ Detroit Lions
9vs Dallas Cowboys
10@ New York Jets
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Philadelphia Eagles