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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 Dec 11): Tate was a frequent target and scored in his second straight game with eight receptions. He's a strong WR2 against the Bears and Bengals the next two weeks.

Week 15: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford put up his second-highest yardage total of the season last week with 381 yards but threw two interceptions and just one touchdown as the Lions actually struggled to barely win over the Buccaneers. Stafford has been a top-five fantasy quarterback since Week 6, averaging 295 passing yards per game with 14 touchdowns over that span with just two games below 290 passing yards over that eight-game span. Stafford has also been absolutely locked in over the last two weeks as he has completed over 80% of his passes in back to back games. Golden Tate has hauled in 16 receptions over his last two games, tied for third-most among receivers over that span as he has been the apple of Stafford's eye recently. Marvin Jones has not seen as many looks as Tate recently, but he has still been putting up decent numbers himself with an average of 88 receiving yards per game over his last eight games and three 100+ yard games over that span. Eric Ebron has also been heating up as he now has at least four receptions in four straight games, including a PPR explosion last week as he hauled in 10-of-11 targets for 94 yards. This big of a game was truly an outlier for Ebron though, as he had just 32 receptions on the season going into last week. The Bears have really been playing well against the pass for most of the season, giving up ninth fewest passing yards and the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game against opposing quarterbacks. Racking up 35 sacks is solid for any defense at this point in the season as Akiem Hicks continues to play at a high level, leading the team in sacks with seven. Despite only snagging six interceptions, this Bears secondary has been very effective on the season. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just three of 13 games this season with the pair of Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller locking down opposing receivers. We saw this in action last week as both cornerbacks and the rest of the Bears secondary did a great job shutting down AJ Green and the Bengals offense. This should be a fun matchup to watch with the Bears defense and Lions passing offense both playing at high levels right now, but the edge has to go to the Bears here as these cornerbacks are tough to get open on.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at CHI 48 0 0 0 4 3 32 0 0 3.2
12 vs MIN 52 2 13 0 8 4 7 0 0 2
13 at BAL 51 0 0 0 10 8 69 0 0 6.9
14 at TB 56 0 0 0 9 8 85 1 0 14.5
15 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs TB (9 / 8 / 85 / 1 rec)

Golden Tate showed off his prowess running after the catch, with solid gains of 17 and 24 yards. He also had a 24-yard catch called back on a holding call. Tate scored a red zone touchdown with a 5-yard catch, where he ran a curl underneath the Tampa Bay coverage. Tate also had a crucial 14-yard catch that set Detroit up for a game winning field goal. Tate's 10.6 yards per catch does not do his ability after the catch justice. His depth of target is consistently low, but he is dangerous after the catch.

2017 Week 13 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate struggled to get going early in the game with a drop on the first drive that resulted in a punt. Tate then had several short catches with little after the catch. Baltimore's defense swarmed Tate in the screen game, and he found little room to create after the catch. Tate's biggest success was on an intermediate route where he had a catch and run for 24 yards that set up a Detroit touchdown. Despite leading the Lions with 10 targets, Tate was largely held in check by Baltimore who performed very well tackling Tate.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

Golden Tate was held in check by Minnesota's defense for a season low seven yards receiving. Tate was not able to generate much room to run, and when he did make defenders miss it was on a screen behind the line of scrimmage. Tate was involved on consecutive rushing attempts during the game, including 10-yard end around carry for a first down. Tate had multiple targets in the intermediate area of the field where Stafford was off the mark with his throws.

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

After a quiet start to the game that saw him eschewed in favour of zone runs and targets to Marvin Jones, Golden Tate quickly made his presence felt. Tate made an impressive juggling catch on a zipped ball over the middle before making a linebacker look silly in man coverage in the two-minute drill. In the second half, he showed good burst and patience on a quick screen only for it to be called back by penalty. Tate worked back to his quarterback on a quick inside-breaking route against pressure, giving Stafford a nice target.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 97 / 1 rec)

Golden Tate led Detroit in receiving for the third consecutive week. Tate's work in the early part of the season was nearly exclusively in the screen and short area, but Tate for the second consecutive week, had a catch on an intermediate in breaking route that he turned into a run after the catch opportunity. This week's catch was a 35-yard completion on a dig route where he made multiple defenders miss after the catch. Tate's touchdown occurred on a fortunate play call. Detroit called a screen to Tate where Cleveland was bringing a near all-out blitz. Stafford executed the throw to Tate quickly and precisely and Tate was able to set up blocking for a 40-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (9 / 7 / 113 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate saw expanded usage beyond his normal screen and short route work. Tate ran a nice out route against single coverage from the slot that he caught along the sideline and added a terrific catch along the sideline on a back shoulder type play where he had excellent footwork to establish both feet inbounds on the catch. Tate was solid in his traditional run after the catch screen plays that Detroit uses to sustain their offenses.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (8 / 7 / 86 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate was primarily used in the short and screen game and did not appear to be limited by his shoulder injury that left him questionable entering the game. His lone long play was a 34 yard catch that he fumbled while tucking the ball away, and Pittsburgh recovered the fumble. The Lions game plan typically calls for more screens to Tate, but the game plan against Pittsburgh focused on targeting the deep and perimeter areas of the field, where Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones are better options.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 7 / 96 / 1 rec)

Golden Tate's usage continued on his season long trend of working the short and intermediate areas of the field. He was frequently targeted in the screen game as the Lions looked to set up his run after the catch ability. Tate's run after the catch prowess was on full display on his 45-yard touchdown catch. Tate ran a comeback route along the right sideline and made CB Ken Crowley miss. Tate ran after the catch breaking two downfield tackle attempts before flipping into the end zone. Tate lead the team with 7 catches, and tied for a team high 96 yards receiving. He did leave the game late in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate tied Marvin Jones with a team high eight targets and caught five passes for 48 yards. Tate's passing game involvement followed his season long trend of quick passes in the wide receiver screen game and underneath passes than allow Tate to work after the catch. Tate had the opportunity for a big plau on a corner route, but the ball was overthrown by Stafford and was unable to secure the ball off his fingertips.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Golden Tate was limited to three catches on five targets for 29 yards. Tate was limited in a game where the Minnesota defense held Detroit largely in check. Tate showed his ability to make the first man miss on his limited work. One of his targets was a poorly thrown ball by Matthew Stafford that should have been intercepted. Tate also had one carry for 2 yards.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 58 / 1 rec)

Golden Tate lead the team in targets with 11, which he converted for 7 catches and 58 yards. Stafford continued to target Tate in the short passing game, acting as an extension of the running game. Tate had a long catch of 18 yards on a perfectly placed ball by Matthew Stafford along the right sideline. His touchdown was a crossing route underneath zone coverage which he caught then beat the Atlanta linebacker into the end zone. Tate could have had another score on the final play of the game. On third and one from the Atlanta one-yard line, he ran a slant on a rub concept which he caught falling toward the end zone. The catch was initially called a touchdown but after review, the officials ruled he was down by contact just short of the goal line, and a ten second runoff ended the game.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate secured all four of his targets for 25 yards. Tate contributed two third down conversions with runs after short catches. He also caught a key screen pass to set up a 58-yard field goal. Tate caught the quick screen from the slot on third and 12 from New York's 48-yard line and set up his blockers for a 10-yard run after the catch. While Tate did not convert the first down, the play was crucial to get into Matt Prater's field goal range.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (12 / 10 / 107 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Golden Tate led the team with 12 targets and dominated the short and intermediate area of the field. He was used frequently in screens and crossing routes, and added two running plays. One run on an end around was a 15-yard gain but was called back on a illegal block in the back. Tate was the focal point of the offense, and did not see coverage from Patrick Peterson, who instead shadowed Marvin Jones, Jr. Tate did appear to experience pain in his left hand at multiple points during the game. He removed his glove after leaving the field, but there were no immediate visible signs of an injury. He returned to the game but again left the field after a catch because of pain in the same hand. Tate returned to the game again and finished without limitation, but was spotted with a split on his left ring finger after the game.

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Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate busy in road victory (Sun Dec 10, 10:10 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate finished with eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown on his nine targets in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Lions | Eight grabs for Golden Tate (Sun Dec 3, 10:39 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate caught eight passes on 10 targets for 69 yards in a 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

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