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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 17): Tate had a long catch and run that was almost a score and added a score in his best game by far this year. He is still intact as a core part of a good pass offense, and he can be considered a solid WR3/Flex against Wsahington in Week 7.

Week 7: vs Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford rediscovered Golden Tate last weekend (as the team was without tight end Eric Ebron or pass-catching running back Theo Riddick) - Stafford threw 23/31 for 270 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -5 yards during the game, finding Tate for 8/165/1 on 10 targets. Anquan Boldin (nine for 8/60/1), Andre Roberts (two for 2/13/1) and Marvin Jones (six for 2/10/1) all scored TDs for Stafford last weekend. This attack is going strong entering Week Seven. Washington didn't allow an offensive TD to the Eagles last week, and limited Carson Wentz to 11/22 for 145 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with five sacks for -34 yards. Two games back, Joe Flacco had just 30/47 for 188 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -22 yards. So far this year, Washington averages 242.5 net passing yards allowed per game, 14th in the NFL, with six passing scores given up vs. four interceptions and 16 sacks generated. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Wsahington has averaged 12.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 13 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 8.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Stafford and company, but unless you are absolutely loaded at quarterback on your fantasy team, he'll be hard to sit given how explosive Detroit has been in recent weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at GB 59 1 -8 0 6 4 40 0 0 3.2
4 at CHI 36 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0.1
5 vs PHI 49 3 6 0 5 3 39 0 0 4.5
6 vs LA 50 1 3 0 10 8 165 1 0 22.8
7 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs LA (10 / 8 / 165 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Tate got back on track in Week 6 as he was heavily involved in the Lions scheme on Sunday because of their desire to get the ball out quickly because of the Rams pass rush. Tate was at his best making defenders miss and he did this on his first catch of the game that went for 34 yards. Tate took a tunnel screen and showed some wiggle getting into the second level, got a great block from right tackle Riley Reiff and took the ball deep into the red zone. Tate wasn't perfect as he did have two drops on the day, both coming on shallow crossing routes. Stafford and Tate looked a little more in sync this week. On a play when Tate split out wide, Stafford recognized how far off the coverage was and just tossed a quick screen pass to Tate that went for eight yards. The Lions took advantage of a free play as the Rams were off-sides and Stafford took a shot deep down the field to Tate who was streaking down the left sideline. Tate initially scored but it was reversed and the Lions got the ball at the Rams one-yard line. The play went for 61 yards and allowed the Lions to put the ball in the end zone quickly. Tate and Jones continue to run rub routes to help each other beat man coverage. Tate scored on a 23-yard touchdown which can on a slant pattern and an easy pitch and catch. He was incredibly effective and efficient in the game as he was targeted 10 times and converted eight into catches for 165 yards and a score.

2016 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Tate was used in a very intriguing manner Sunday as he had as many carried as he had catches. He still looks to be fighting the ball as he had another drop and the Lions are manufacturing touches to get him going. Tate lined up deep as a running back and was utilized as a decoy at times allowing the Lions to get the ball on screens away from the direction Tate was going. Tate ran the ball three times with one gaining 10 yards while the other two were clogged up generating negative yardage. Tate's drop came on a play that would have required a very nice catch as he went up for the ball down the right sideline. The ball hit him in both hands and simply went through them. Tate was targeted behind the line of scrimmage and on a short slant, and his biggest play of the day came on a deep crosser late in the fourth quarter. Stafford led him perfectly and Tate caught the ball, taking it for 27 yards and moving the ball deep into the red zone.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Tate looks out of sorts and his 2016 season has not started well on any level. In this game he was targeted four times total and most were very close to the line of scrimmage. Tate was targeted on a quick out, but Bears defensive back Bryce Callahan made a nice play and stopped him before Tate could make him miss. He was targeted a few yards down the field down the right sideline but couldn't create separation and dropped a ball that he most times would catch. Tate ran the wrong route at the end of the first half, running up the field instead of breaking out to the sideline and it led to an interception, costing the Lions an opportunity at points. He did not see the field much the rest of the day but came on late in the fourth quarter to catch a two-point conversion. Tate has the look of a player that is hurt and simply not in sync on any level with his quarterback.

2016 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)

Tate was targeted six times in the game and he had four catches. Tate did a solid job of working back to Stafford and did his best to generate yardage after the catch. Tate was targeted on quick throws and did a nice job securing the ball while getting up the field. The Lions utilized Tate out of the slot in this game, and his first catch came on a play where he slipped but got his hands up to make a four yard catch. The Lions drew up a really nice combination route where Tate worked with Jones to create room, making a catch for 12 yards. In the second half, Stafford hit Tate with the Lions needing nine yards on third down on a bubble screen and Tate took it for 10 yards, generating a first down. Tate's biggest play of the day came on a short out route where the ball traveled four yards, but he showed quickness and balanced to take the ball up the sideline for 16 yards.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (9 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Tate was targeted nine times in the game and he only had two catches. It was a bad day for the receiver as he was plagued with drops as well. Tate has been great catching the ball as a professional, but he's had bouts of inconsistency with his hands going back to training camp. It's clear (and I'm speculating here) that Tate is dealing with some sort of injury that is causing him difficulty with adjusting to, and catching the ball. Tate had three drops (four overall, but one came on a play where Tennessee was penalized) on the day, and a few of them looked ugly as he was unable to even get two hands up to attempt a catch. Also, Stafford and Tate looked to be out of sorts all day. In the first quarter, Tate ran a stop and go but quit on the route as Stafford threw it deep, and this miscommunication seemed to linger all day. Stafford had Tate open deep twice in the second half, one on each sideline. The first one was defended well and it was a great throw, but as Tate was going up for the ball he extended his left hand (the defender might have had his right arm a touch) and he couldn't bring it in. On the second one, Stafford led him a little too far to the sideline but it is a catch Tate has to make. He looked super stiff in his upper body and he only reached up with his left arm this time, causing another drop. There was no reason for Tate to not use both hands on this play, and it would have been a huge play late in the game. Tate was also called for an illegal block in the first half that negated a first down. Overall, it was not a very good day for Tate.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (7 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Tate was targeted seven times in the game and he had seven catches. He was used primarily at the line of scrimmage on screens and quick slants. His longest catch was for 11 yards and that was really the only time he pushed the defense down the field. Tate ran an intermediate route and shook defensive back Darryl Morris quickly around eight yards down the field. He turned and caught the ball and had time to push for a few more yards and converted a first down. Tate is going to continue to generate yards after the catch via this short throwing scheme. There were times when Tate got bottled up by the defense as they smothered to him when these short throws came his way, and the Lions will need to adjust to allow for Tate to have room to operate.


Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate finally looks golden (Sun Oct 16, 11:36 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted eight receptions for a game-high 165 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was targeted 10 times.

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Lions | Golden Tate may see time in backfield (Sat Oct 15, 03:26 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate may lineup at running back at times during the team's Week 6 game in order to be a receiver out of the backfield.

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Lions | Golden Tate disappoints in Week 5 (Sun Oct 9, 08:29 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted three receptions for just 39 yards in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was targeted five times.

Our View: It wasn't a high volume day for the Lions passing game, but Tate was still just one of many mouths to feed even with Eric Ebron out. He's not clearly worth a roster spot in typical leagues.
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