Golden Tate

Golden Tate

Detroit Lions

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By Steve Painter, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Jun 15th 8:24pm EDT

Tate has proven he can be a significant, impact-type player. 720 of his 1,331 reception yards were after the catch. That ranks third in the NFL behind Le'Veon Bell and Matt Forte. (Source: Detroit Lions)

Fantasy Impact: Even with a healthy Calvin Johnson getting quite a bit of targets, Tate will have plenty of room to have a great year.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Mar 31st 3:21pm EDT

Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate is hoping to improve upon his first year in the Lions' system by learning the playbook better during the off-season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to imagine Tate exceeding last season's 99 receptions, 1,331 yards and four touchdowns. Still, he's committed to doing so - even adding yoga to his routine. Even without any improvement on those numbers, owners will be happy to draft Tate as a WR2 next season.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Jan 4th 8:08pm EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate started the scoring in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys, catching a Matthew Stafford pass and taking it 51-yards for the score. Tate finished with 6 catches on 9 targets for 89 yards and the score. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The sure-handed Tate was as good as the Lions could have hoped for in his first year with the team. He should remain a solid WR2 option in 2015 barring any major change in the Lions' offense.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 9:58am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate finished his first season with Detroit with 3 receptions for only 45 yards. He was only targeted 5 times in the game, which ties for the second lowest total on the season - surprising considering the Lions were trailing for most the game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Tate had a nice season in Detroit, showing good chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford and solidifying himself as a legit WR2 with even more upside in PPR leagues. This story the should stay the same heading in 2015 barring any unforeseen changes.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 10:16pm EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate caught 5 of 10 Matthew Stafford passes for a total of 62 yards against the Chicago Bears. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners were hoping for more out of Tate in this one, but they didn't get it. Then again, no one counting on the Lions' offense got as much as they were hoping for. Still, Tate has had a solid first season in Detroit and should continue to grow and build his chemistry with Matthew Stafford in the off-season, making him a solid WR2 option in 2015. Owners still playing into Week 17 should continue to view Tate as a WR2 as the Lions go up against the Green Bay Packers.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 10:51am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate scored the Lions' only touch down in the game, reeling in a seven yard pass in the second quarter. He finished with a team-high seven receptions for 38 yards, adding two carries for five yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions' passing attack was quiet in this one, but at least Tate saved his owners by securing the second quarter score. Tate has been a PPR monster all year, but he's more of just a borderline WR2/3 in standard leagues as he doesn't find the end zone very often. He'll look for one last strong performance against the terrible Chicago Bears' defense in Week 16.


By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 11:33am EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate was held to just 5 targets in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He came down with 4 receptions for a total of 50 yards. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: His 9 fantasy points that he put up for his owners in PPR leagues was a far-cry from what his owners had come accustomed to seeing from the speedy receiver. Now having been held without a touchdown for 5 straight games, he is no longer a must-start in fantasy leagues. He faces a somewhat stingy Minnesota Vikings fantasy receiver defense in Week 15.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 8:29am EST

Detroit Lions' wide receiver was his usual reliable self against the Chicago Bears in Week 13, catching 8 of 10 targets for 89 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: While Tate didn't find the end zone, he continues to be a reliable WR2 in standard leagues and a borderline WR1/WR2 in PPR. The Lions' remaining schedule is rather kind to the passing the game, so owners should continue to view Tate as a safe WR2 down the stretch.


By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 6:15pm EST

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate gained 110 yards today in a 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Tate had four receptions for 97 yards and carried the ball once for another 13. But despite his great production, there was a glaring absence of Tate being called upon in today's game plan. The Lions will have to find a better way to get him involved in the game if they are to bounce back Thursday against the Chicago Bears. He is a very solid option in Week 13 and should be started in all fantasy formats.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 10:43am EST

Golden Tate caught 11 of his 13 targets for 109 yards on Sunday with Calvin Johnson back in the Lions lineup.

Fantasy Impact: The 13 targets is Tate's highest target total with Megatron in the lineup this season so it looks like he is a still an excellent fantasy option, particularly for owners in PPR leagues. His upside is definitely capped with a healthy Calvin Johnson back in the lineup but owners should feel pretty comfortable with Tate as a WR2 heading into the playoffs.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 9:03am EDT

Golden Tate again had a monster game on Sunday as Calvin Johnson continues to recover from an ankle injury. As the focal point of the Lions offense Tate caught 7 of a whopping 15 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions offense continues to struggle without Megatron but Tate continues to deliver for fantasy owners as the only real option in the passing game. Tate hauled in less than 50% of his targets but with so many targets was able to post huge numbers nonetheless. With the Lions on bye next week there is a good chance Calvin will return the following week, at which point Tate will return to his old role as the Lions second wide receiver.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 23rd 10:21am EDT

With news of Calvin Johnson making the trip to London and practicing both Wednesday and Thursday it is looking more and more likely that he will return to the field this Sunday against the Falcons. This would mean Golden Tate is no longer the focus of the Lions' passing attack and he would see a decrease in targets as he returns to his original secondary role.

Fantasy Impact: Tate is obviously still fantasy relevant and is start worthy in almost all formats as the second read on a pass heavy team but the production fantasy owners have enjoyed the last few weeks is likely unsustainable with a healthy Calvin Johnson in the lineup. Tate can be a sell high to those playing against less savvy owners or can be relegated to a solid WR2/WR3 option.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:06pm EDT

Golden Tate turned a team high 13 targets into 10 catches for 154 yards against the Saints, including a 73-yard score in the 4th quarter.

Fantasy Impact: With Calvin Johnson out with an ankle injury for the second consecutive week, Tate again assumed the role of Matthew Stafford's favorite target and this time delivered. Tate's 73-yard score was a beauty that got the Lions back in the game in the 4th quarter. With Megatron likely to return next week Tate won't be able to keep up this production but he will certainly continue to be start worthy as he was putting up respectable numbers even with Calvin in the lineup.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 9:17am EDT

Golden Tate managed 7 catches for only 44 yards against the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions controlled this game from start to finish but Tate still garnered 12 targets from Matthew Stafford. With Megatron sitting this was a prime opportunity for Tate to put up WR1 numbers but the whole Lions offense struggled to consistently move the ball and Tate turned his 12 targets into only 7 catches for 44 yards, a measly 6.3 yards per catch. There is still a good chance Calvin will miss another week nursing his ankle injury so Tate should still be on your radar as a high upside start for next week's game against a struggling Saints defense.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 10:25am EDT

With Calvin Johnson looking more and more like he will miss Sunday's game, Golden Tate is primed to be the team's leading receiver against the Vikings. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Golden Tate will be the Lions' primary receiver Sunday and should be on the WR1 radar, especially in PPR leagues. Tate currently leads the NFL in yards after catch and has just one drop on the season per Pro Football Focus. Without Megatron the Lions' passing attack has been anemic in the past. Expect Detroit to game plan around getting Tate the ball early and often against a Minnesota defense that ranks in the bottom half of the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 9:10am EDT

Golden Tate caught 7 passes on 9 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Bills on Sunday

Fantasy Impact: With Calvin Johnson hobbled by an ankle injury that he re-aggravated during the game, Tate became the focal point of the Lions offense and he delivered, including a clutch 55-yard catch late in the game that set up what should have been the game winning field goal. Tate has been a PPR monster so far this year and delivered even more this week by getting into the end zone for the first time. If you own him he is going to be in your starting lineup pretty much every week moving forward, but his value is going to be at it's peak in the short term with Megatron looking like he could be sidelined for a game or two.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 11:40am EDT

Golden Tate was present during the open portion of the Lions' practice on Friday. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was some concern yesterday when Tate popped up on the Lions' injury report with a hamstring issue. However, he practiced every day this week and there appears to be very little chance of him missing Sunday's game. With Calvin Johnson limited by an ankle injury look for Tate to be a big part of Detroit's attack Sunday.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 4:35pm EDT

Golden Tate was limited at practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't great news for the Lions as their other stud wideout, Calvin Johnson, is nursing an ankle injury. This is the first time Tate is popping up on the injury report though and he did manage to log a limited practice. Owners shouldn't be concerned yet but keep a close eye on practice reports tomorrow as that should be telling if Tate is going to be ready to go on Sunday.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 4:02pm EDT

Golden Tate snagged 8 of his 10 targets against the Jets for a team high 116 yards.

Fantasy Impact: No other Lion was targeted more than 6 times as Calvin Johnson was used largely as a decoy and Tate shown in the spotlight. Tate is an excellent possession receiver and has returned starter value to his owners so far, especially in PPR leagues. A few touchdowns should be coming his way and he should be especially valuable in the short term as Calvin Johnson works his way back to 100%.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 3:45pm EDT

In yesterday's win over the Packers, Golden Tate had 5 catches for 51 yards on 7 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Tate has still yet to catch a touchdown but now has at least 5 catches in each game this season. Some touchdowns will come but don't count on too many. Tate is Matthew Stafford's clear cut second option at this point and with his impressive catch rate looks like he will continue to return starter value to his owner's in PPR leagues. Those of you in standard leagues may want to look elsewhere when filling out the WR2 or FLEX spots on your roster.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 7:46pm EDT

Golden Tate snagged 5 of his 8 targets against the Panthers for 57 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This was another solid game for Tate, although he and the rest of the Lions took a step back from week one's throttling of the Giants. Tate has yet to find the end zone but fantasy players didn't really draft him to do that. He is on pace for over 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards and should be start worthy in PPR leagues almost every week. I'd still expect him to find the end zone four or five times as a result of his elite run after catch ability and the Lions' powerful aerial attack.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:43pm EDT

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate caught all 6 of his targets for a total of 93 yards. He also rushed once for 4 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Golden Tate is known for his sticky hands, and he proved it tonight. While he didn't find the end zone, he did total 97 yards on just 7 touches. In Detroit's pass-happy system, Tate is an easy WR2, with possible WR1 upside.


By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:22am EDT

Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate caught all three passes thrown his way for 41 yards and a TD in Friday night's preseason game against the Raiders. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Tate continues to show nice chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford. Finally out from under Seattle's run-based attack, Tate is looking at breakout season in Detroit. His current ADP places him around the end of the seventh round, making him a potential steal and a solid WR 2 option in most leagues.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 10:20am EDT

Golden Tate has been taken off the PUP list by the Lions and will practice with the team today. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy Football fans far and wide can breathe a small sigh of relief with the news that Tate will begin practice today. The Lions started camp later than most teams but with a whole new offense to learn and a new quarterback to develop chemistry with the sooner Tate came back the better. Not even August yet, Tate should have plenty of time to build a rapport with Matthew Stafford and should be a good value pick in fantasy drafts next month.


By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 5:34pm EDT

Per Ian Rapoport, new Lions WR Golden Tate will begin training camp on the PUP list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first we are hearing of any injuries involving Tate. With camp just beginning and the regular season still over a month away there is little concern here, but this is definitely a situation worth monitoring. Teams are typically cautious in camp so we'd expect Tate back sooner rather than later and he still looks like an enticing WR3 option, particularly in PPR formats.

The NY Times | Jul 7th
Career numbers in '14 were inflated as Megatron missed 5 games. Expect a regression as long as CJ is healthy.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 5th
Tate posted 99 receptions for 1,331 yards, but only 4 receiving touchdowns. If he can increase his touchdown production, he could compete for WR1 value.
The Fake Football | May 29th
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