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.
ESPN | Oct 17th
Christopher Harris analyzes Golden Tate for Week 7.
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