WR Golden Tate, New York Giants

HT: 5-10, WT: 199, Born: 8-2-1988, College: Notre Dame, Drafted: Round 2

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2014 Projections

David Dodds15.
Bob Henry16.03.0206.70.060.084014.06.0122
Jason Wood16.
Maurile Tremblay16.

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Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: P Thomas (79), S Jackson (80), Golden Tate (81), L Miller (82), S Watkins (83)
Position: M Wallace (73-WR29), K Wright (77-WR30), Golden Tate (81 - WR31), S Watkins (83-WR32), E Decker (86-WR33)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: R Griffin III (75), J Reed (76), Golden Tate (77), G Olsen (78), B Cooks (79)
Position: M Colston (71-WR29), M Wallace (72-WR30), Golden Tate (77 - WR31), B Cooks (79-WR32), S Watkins (81-WR33)
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Best Case

Tate comes into Detroit and finally answers the ‘who else besides Calvin Johnson?’ question. He’s not a big play threat, but the Lions don’t need him to be. With Calvin Johnson drawing the top defenders, Tate consistently see single coverage in a 4500 yard passing offense and he finally gets to shine. 900 yards and six or seven TDS would be a great year for him.

Worst Case

Tate assumes the role of ‘Receivers not named Calvin Johnson’ and continues to under-perform for a second round pick. The Lions take a shotgun approach to the WR2 position, and Tate never really assumes a prominent role in the Detroit offense. The Lions have a lot of good red zone targets, and Tate’s TD production will be limited. In four season, Tate has never been more than a WR3 or flex fantasy start. Being with the Lions might not change that for him either.


Tate has never been a guy who lights it up. He helped the Seahawks make the playoffs last season, but Tate disappeared when Seattle needed him the most. Down the stretch, Tate posted five consecutive games with fewer than 10 fantasy points. In Detroit Tate won’t be the top receiver but he could benefit from defenses giving full attention to Calvin Johnson in a pass happy offense. He has low-end WR2 upside, but could also end up being too inconsistent to keep in your lineup every week.

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