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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Summary

Golden Tate enters 2016 with the chance to emerge from Calvin Johnson's shadow and become the top target in the Lions offense. Tate saw 128 targets in 2015 and could see that number rise higher with Marvin Jones replacing Calvin Johnson (Jones is unlikely to pick up all of Johnson's 149 targets). Tate has seen his yards per catch drop each of the past four seasons from a high of 15.3 in 2012 all the way down to 9.0 in 2015. The low YPC is indicative of a change in the way the Lions used Tate, who lined up in the slot more than in the past and ran more underneath routes and quick screens. With Anquan Boldin expected to work primarily out of the slot, Tate could spend more time outside in 2016. In the second half of 2015 (after Jim Bob Cooter took over the offense), Tate caught 83% of his targets (50 receptions on 60 targets). He has a real shot at cracking 100 receptions for the first time in his career in Cooter's quick-pass offense. Tate is one of the safest WR2 options available in PPR leagues. He has less upside in standard scoring due to his low touchdown totals (has averaged 5.5 touchdowns per season as a starter). (August 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 25, 20, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 27, 28, 28, 30, 36, 36
Overall Redraft - 54, 37, 45, 46, 47, 47, 50, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57, 58
WR Redraft PPR - 26, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27, 27, 28, 30, 31, 36, 36
Overall Redraft PPR - 48, 32, 34, 37, 37, 38, 47, 47, 47, 47, 51, 52, 52, 53, 58
WR Dynasty - 42, 37, 40, 60

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2013 SEA 16 3 31 0 99 64 898 5
2014 DET 16 5 30 0 144 99 1331 4
2015 DET 16 6 41 0 128 90 813 6 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 3 * * 73 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 5 * * 88 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 95 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 5 * * 88 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 51
WR: 24
Overall-PPR: 48
WR-PPR: 24

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Latest News

Lions | Detroit going no-huddle often (Thu Aug 25, 09:12 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the other Lions quarterbacks have run a no-huddle offense 62% of the time this preseason. The Lions ran a no-huddle offense just 7% of the time last season. According to ProFootballFocus, Stafford has completed all six of his passes for 108 yards when targeting WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out of the no-huddle. He's 6-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the rest of his throws combined. Overall, Stafford has completed 70.6% of his passes this preseason.

Our View: We like the sound of this as it keeps Stafford moving and avoids letting him sit in the pocket too long while he waits for a downfield option to get open. Of course, you have to execute or your defense gets back on the field too quickly and can't rest. Stafford is a rock-solid QB2 but you can add in a dash of upside this year if the high-tempo offense works.
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Lions | Golden Tate back at practice (Tue Aug 23, 06:10 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23. The extent of his participation was not disclosed, however.

Our View: Tate should catch a ton of passes for the Lions this year as a featured WR. We see him as a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues.
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Lions | Golden Tate misses practice (Sun Aug 21, 10:01 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20. He wouldn't mention the specifics of his injury, but he talked about playing in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 27.

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2016 Schedule

1@ Indianapolis Colts
2vs Tennessee Titans
3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Chicago Bears
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Los Angeles Rams
7vs Washington Redskins
8@ Houston Texans
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ New York Giants
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Green Bay Packers