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.

2014 Schedule

1at Detroit Lions
2 Arizona Cardinals
3 Houston Texans
4at Washington Redskins
5 Atlanta Falcons
6at Philadelphia Eagles
7at Dallas Cowboys
Bye week
9 Indianapolis Colts
10at Seattle Seahawks
11 San Francisco 49ers
12 Dallas Cowboys
13at Jacksonville Jaguars
14at Tennessee Titans
15 Washington Redskins
16at St. Louis Rams
17 Philadelphia Eagles

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Tate didn’t have a big day by the numbers. But he showed flashes of what to expect in the coming weeks. He looked absolutely electric a couple of times when he had the ball, making the most of catch-and-run’s, and fighting for extra yardage.

Week 2 - Tate was only targeted twice this game, which became a Seattle ground game showcase. In addition to his catch, Tate also was the Seahawks sole kick returner.

Week 3 - Tate is really coming into his own. With Percy Harvin out, Tate is beginning to fill the role everyone envisioned for Harvin. QB Russell Wilson found him all over the field, and he was especially dangerous on the quick WR screen plays, in which he moved like lightning for long first down yardage. He was also targeted downfield more than once and had perfect throws to deal with, but too often couldn’t overcome the tight coverage and make the hard catch. Tate was mixed into the running game as well, gaining 9 yards on a reverse play. Tate finally did catch a long ball in coverage, and looked good doing so, but that remains the only obstacle between him being a good or a GREAT receiver. If he can start to beat the man coverage and pull in the ball despite the attention, look out. Until then, he’ll have his ups and downs, because there are so many other options on this team.

Week 4 - Tate always looks dangerous, but the Texans shut down the passing game, plain and simple. Each time they got the ball to Tate, he had no room to flash his after the catch skill, which is what makes him dangerous in the first place. Late in the game, he did have a chance at a touchdown reception but was overthrown.

Week 5 - Tate was targeted early on, and twice in the first scoring drive – including the touchdown. Tate is showing greater ease when catching the ball, and his rapport with Wilson has definitely grown since the first few weeks of play. Tate could have hit the century mark if not for a couple of close calls – one sideline catch ruled incomplete, and an spectacular, leaping catch that was called back on a penalty. Near the end of the half, he was open, streaking toward the end zone, but was overthrown. Tate has the best big-game potential of anyone, and is clearly still growing into his game. The potential is there, and his game appears to be a matter of inches away from exploding in a big way.

Week 6 - Tate looks better every week, yet his numbers continue to underwhelm. The main problem is that the Seahawks spread the ball out so much – you could say they are a team of specialists. Tate’s job, most often, is to take the short, quick pass downfield. In this game, he showed flashes of brilliance and versatility. On one play, he turned a short catch into a 12-yard first down, evading one tackler and driving right through another. One of these days, everything will break right for Tate and he’ll have a monster day, but for now, he is just one of many weapons that the Seahawks have at their disposal.

Week 7 - Tate had a date with shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson, and came out slightly ahead in the end. His first catch was on a quick out, for a short first down (plus a bit), but he couldn’t get more since he was all tied up by Peterson. Tate was then thrown to in the end zone, but again was blanketed by Peterson and unable to make a play. Next? Another end zone shot; same deal, too much Peterson, and it was looking like it may be a long day indeed. But Wilson kept looking his way, and finally, Tate beat Peterson on a simple slant, gained separation, did a big spin move to double back the other way, and ended up with a big 25 yard gain. Tate made an excellent catch on a longer throw late in the game; then lost a reception to a challenge (his 2nd foot went out of bounds). In the end, call the WR-CB matchup a draw, but a very positive step for Tate: even when he was tightly covered by Peterson, he still was able to make some catches. Which for him marks progress. Early in the season, those are the same passes he would barely make a play for, never mind fight for them like he did today. As a footnote, Tate had a punt return TD called back on penalty.

Week 8 - Tate finally had his breakout game, in a tight match in which all Seahawks receivers were tightly covered all day. He made a couple of short catches early on, deep in Seahawks territory, but Tate was smothered before he could get loose for more yardage. Tate nabbed a quick 2-yard pass at the goal line for the score. He was hauled down immediately and did a good job breaking the plane of the goal line with the football, without risking a fumble. Tate made a beautiful leaping catch for a deep ball that he then took for the score. He had one defender chasing him, and taunted him all the way (and got a penalty for it!). He is clearly Russell Wilson’s top passing target now.

Week 9 - Tate, along with the entire Seahawks passing game, was effectively non-existent in the first half. Tate, however, had the task of going up against shutdown corner Darelle Revis for most of the game. Wilson just missed getting him the ball downfield, and then hooked up on a couple of quick hitches, but Tate wasn’t able to gain more than a couple of yards each time. Tate finally showcased his catch-and-run skills in the third quarter as Wilson found him on a crossing route and he took off for a 19 yard gain. For good measure, he added a 71-yard punt return, which set up a field goal, but overall was unable to do any real damage. His last contribution was small but impressive: with Russell Wilson under heavy pressure, he turned a very short desperation pass into a near first down.

Week 10 - Tate continued to look the part of a number one receiver, catching the ball all over the field. On his first catch, he perfectly found a spot between two defenders for a big 31 yard pickup. He was then targeted on a 25 yard end zone throw and worked hard to catch the jump ball, but wasn’t able to come down in bounds. The highlight reel of the game though, was whenTate showed incredible concentration and poise one-handing a perfectly thrown ball at the back corner of the end zone, staying in bounds without breaking stride. Tate may be the only receiver to upgrade upon Percy Harvin’s return, as he’ll likely get less attention from the defense, which could offset any targets he loses.

Week 11 - Tate didn’t see a target until the second quarter. When he finally did, it was on a long sideline pattern, but the ball was slightly underthrown. It wasn’t until late in the third that he found the stat sheet, as he found a big opening in the zone coverage and took a big hit on a 28 yard pickup. He had one other opportunity, a quick slant, coulda-shoulda chance at the goal line, that bounced off his hands. Time will tell if Harvin’s return will hurt or help his numbers.

Week 13 - Tate was not used often in this game, though he looked great when he had the ball. Early on, he made a very nice fingertips grab on a hard throw. He did the most damage on a screen play and swing pass that he was able to turn into first downs.

Week 14 - Tate caught a couple of shorter passes early on, and it seemed like the 49ers defense was content to play him with a bit of a cushion, giving him the short catch but taking away his playmaking ability as well as anything deep. He made a great leaping catch on the sideline for a would-be first down, but it was called back on a penalty. Tate did get loose eventually though, and showed how dangerous he can be on a short turn-around catch that he then juked his way another 20 yards downfield. With his QB often under pressure, Tate did a good job of getting open while Russell Wilson scrambled. Tate also had a 39 yard punt return late in the game; another area in which he is always a threat.

Week 15 - It was a game of near misses for Tate, who was targeted repeatedly downfield. His first chance was a high throw that went off his fingertips, and that seemed to set the tone for him. Finally, on the third close call, he was at least open. It wasn’t until inside the 2 minute mark of the half that he made his first catch, which to his credit, he fought hard for the first down. And then there’s the one that got away: Tate was wide open in end zone for the apparent TD, but it was called back on a penalty. After that, he had another close call on a deep ball, which Tate actually had in his hands but the defender just got their hands in there and he couldn’t hang on.

Week 16 - This was Tate’s second matchup with shutdown corner Patrick Peterson. The first time around, it was a draw, but this time, Peterson won outright. Tate contributed with a good punt return in the third quarter, but to that point had not even been targeted. His first catch was a six yard turnaround. Peterson had given him a big cushion but still was able to tackle him almost immediately. Finally, Tate got open for a longer catch, but fumbled the ball – which luckily went straight into the arms of a teammate. That catch helped fuel the only TD scoring drive.

Week 17 - Tate had a big game, built from a number of “small” catches. QB Russell Wilson simply locked on to Tate and found him all over the field. Most of his catches were short, designed to get him yards after the catch. These were mildly successful, but created no huge gains. The highlight reel will show his 47 yard TD (Tate’s second of the day), in which he found an opening deep in Rams territory, and after hauling in the long pass, was able to out run two defenders for the score. Tate was quite versatile, catching the ball everywhere, and wasn’t afraid to take a hit when going over the middle, as he did on his first TD catch.

Week 19 - Tate started the game off well enough, with a nice catch in coverage for a first down. Unfortunately, that would end up as his only catch on the day, but not for lack of effort. First, Tate was open on third down but Wilson underthrew him. Then, the ball went off his fingertips in the end zone -- but he did draw a Pass Interfence call to make up for it. In the final quarter, he was overthrown on a deep route; and dove for another but couldn’t quite get there. Mostly, the blame goes to the weather and the spotty QB play. Tate almost became the goat himself when he caught and then lost the ball on a late onside kick.

Week 20 - Tate did get open late for what could have been a decisive touchdown, but he was missed high by Wilson. Later, he had a key first down that he also conceded by going backwards before gaining it again. Mostly, Tate had little impact on the game and took a backseat to Doug Baldwin in prominence in the Seahawks passing game.

Week 21 - With the game well in hand early and little reason for Seattle to pass, Golden Tate had a relatively quiet day against the Denver Broncos. He had a target on Seattle’s second drive that was off the mark, and then converted 3rd-and-7 with a 9-yard reception. After that, outside of fair catching punts he wouldn’t touch the ball again until the 4th quarter, when Seattle had a 35-point lead. Tate did draw a big pass interference penalty on 3rd down, though, leading to Seattle’s first touchdown of the day.