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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Summary

Tate enters 2015 firmly entrenched as the Lions' 2nd WR behind Calvin Johnson and a relatively safe fantasy WR2. Tate's full season production in 2014 was impressive with 99 receptions, 1,331 yards and 4 touchdowns. His quickness and tremendous run after the catch ability make him a strong complement to Calvin Johnson and the Lions lack of talented depth beyond the top two at WR means Johnson and Tate will split nearly all of the WR targets between the two of them. There is reason for pessimism regarding Tate's fantasy prospects in 2015 however. Tate's production in the 11 games in which Cavlin Johnson was active and not clearly being used as a decoy (he had a total of 3 targets combined while hobbled in Weeks 4 and 5) was rather pedestrian. He had an average of 7.6 targets, 5.5 receptions, 66.5 yards and 0.1 TDs per game. Extrapolated to a full season, Tate would have produced only 87 receptions, 1,064 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. It was the the five game stretch from Week 4 through Week 8 without Calvin Johnson that made Tate's 2014 season special. Over that stretch, he averaged 11.8 targets per game, 7.8 receptions, 124.8 yards and 0.6 TDs per game. Over a full season, those numbers extrapolate to 189 targets, 125 receptions, 1,917 yards and 10 TDs. In short, Tate was amazingly productive in the two games Johnson was extremely limited and the three games Johnson missed. Tate would probably need an injury from Johnson to put up fantasy WR1 numbers, but even with Johnson present, Tate should still remain a low-end WR2, especially in PPR leagues. (May 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 18, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 24, 27, 31
Overall Redraft - 54, 35, 41, 45, 47, 47, 47, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 60, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 17, 13, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 27
Overall Redraft PPR - 41, 25, 31, 33, 35, 36, 41, 44, 45, 45, 46, 47, 47, 49, 51, 51, 54, 54, 55, 55, 57, 58, 58
WR Dynasty - 30, 26, 26, 29, 36, 41
Overall Dynasty - 61, 48, 59, 68, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2012 SEA 15 3 20 0 80 45 688 7
2013 SEA 16 3 31 0 99 64 898 5
2014 DET 16 5 30 0 144 99 1331 4
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 4 * * 74 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 4 * * 85 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 79 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 5 * * 75 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 44
WR: 17
Overall-PPR: 39
WR-PPR: 16

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Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate plays well (Sat Aug 29, 02:33 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate caught three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown Friday, Aug. 28. The touchdown came on a 62 yard strike from QB Matthew Stafford.

Our View: It should come as no surprise after what we saw from Tate last year. This season, expect his statistics to dip slightly for a couple of factors. First, Calvin Johnson should be healthy all year. Second, the team seems intent on using Eric Ebron (the guy taken one pick ahead of Odell Beckham Jr.) this season. Those reasons should cause Tate to perform more like a WR3 than the high-end WR2 he was in 2014.

2015 Schedule

1@ San Diego Chargers
2@ Minnesota Vikings
3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Seattle Seahawks
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6vs Chicago Bears
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs Philadelphia Eagles
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ St. Louis Rams
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs San Francisco 49ers
17@ Chicago Bears