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Golden Tate | Wide Receiver | #15

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (60) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Golden Tate will see more targets moving forward.
Targets are not really the problem for Tate, who is on pace for 117 through three games. The problem is he is averaging just 7.2 yards per reception a season after gaining just nine yards per catch. Tate has the after-catch skills to break a couple big plays, but his usage limits his yardage upside. Marvin Jones will remain the clear No. 1 in Detroit. Sep 29 - 12:10 PM
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Golden Tate caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

He "added" -8 yards on one carry. Tate has 13 catches through three games, but he has yet to top 45 yards or find the end zone. At this point, he is not even an exciting play in PPR formats. Marvin Jones is the clear No. 1 in Detroit.
Sep 25 - 5:08 PM

Golden Tate caught 2-of-9 targets for 13 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

He now has 54 receiving yards on 16 targets through two games. The good news is Tate has continued to be heavily targeted, while the bad news is the Lions appear to be using him as a gadget player where almost all of Tate's looks are occurring around the line of scrimmage. He needs to be downgraded to a borderline WR3 entering a Week 3 date with the Packers' underrated pass defense.
Sep 18 - 5:50 PM

Team reporter Tim Twentyman expects the Lions to continue using Golden Tate around the line of scrimmage.

After averaging a career-low nine yards per reception last season, Tate gained just 5.9 yards per catch Week 1. His high-target role around the line of scrimmage is great for PPR value, but it puts a serious dent in his yardage upside. Marvin Jones is the better standard-league asset.
Sep 15 - 12:52 PM

Golden Tate caught 7-of-7 targets for 41 yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Colts.

He rushed once for two yards. Tate entered Week 1 listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but he showed no ill effects against the Colts, racking up short catches in a high-percentage passing attack. Marvin Jones did see more targets (10) than Tate, but Tate remains the favorite to lead the Lions in receptions after doing so in each of the past two seasons. Tate will be a WR3 play with WR2 upside then the Lions host Tennessee in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 8:10 PM

Golden Tate (ankle) and Eric Ebron (ankle) are both active for Week 1 at Indianapolis.

Both were listed as questionable, but both were always sure to play after practicing fully during the week. The Lions' Week 1 inactives are RB Zach Zenner, LB Thurston Armbrister, OL Joe Dahl, DL Anthony Zettel, OT Cornelius Lucas, TE Orson Charles, and DT Stefan Charles. Zenner is inactive behind rookie Dwayne Washington, who now looks like the Lions' No. 3 running back.
Sep 11 - 3:03 PM

Golden Tate (ankle) is questionable for Week 1 against the Colts.

Realistically, Tate shouldn't even be on the injury report after practicing fully the last two days. The league's new rules for reporting injuries were supposed to eliminate these inaccuracies but instead it's had the opposite effect. Tate should be regarded as a WR2 in a plus matchup against Indy.
Sep 9 - 4:13 PM

Golden Tate (ankle) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

That should put to rest any concerns fantasy owners had about his Week 1 status. Tate logged 90 catches last season and could see an even bigger workload this year following Calvin Johnson's surprise retirement. He's in the WR2 discussion.
Sep 8 - 4:23 PM

Golden Tate (ankle) was limited in Wednesday practice.

Tate reportedly looked fine, and is probably just getting some veteran treatment early in the week. Tate's status will be updated on Thursday.
Sep 7 - 4:39 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-5 passes for 29 yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

He started opposite Marvin Jones, with Anquan Boldin playing the slot. Tate saw fewer targets than Jones, but Detroit's offense is going to be wide open this season. Tate is a low-end WR2.
Aug 27 - 9:19 PM's Kyle Meinke reports Golden Tate has battled a "case of the dropsies" at training camp.

He had one on Saturday and a pair of them in 11-on-11 drills at Tuesday's joint-practice with the Steelers. Drops happen all the time and are nothing to get all that worked up about, but during these rough few days for Tate, Marvin Jones has emerged as the Lions' clear No. 1 receiver, per Meinke. Tate is still going to see heavy targets this season, but Jones is probably the better buy at his current ADP. Tate is coming off the board in round four, while Jones can be had in the eighth.
Aug 10 - 9:19 AM

Golden Tate said the offense is starting "from scratch" this offseason.

Installed as the coordinator midway through the season, Jim Bob Cooter was not able to fully implement his offense on the fly. Despite amazing success down the stretch, there were always going to be changes this offseason. "The calls are different. The signals are different," Tate said. "From top to bottom it’s all new and we’re just taking it day by day." While the transition will not be as dramatic as a team with a brand new staff, there could be some kinks to iron out early in the season.
Jun 7 - 8:52 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Golden Tate to lead the team in receptions this season.

Twentyman predicts Tate will "edge out" Marvin Jones for the reception lead, but believes Jones will be "right there." Tate has led Detroit in catches in back-to-back seasons (99, 90). He could push for 100-plus in the post-Megatron era. Based on current ADP, however, Tate's expected leap is already being baked into his draft-day cost. He's often going in the fourth and even third round, while Jones commonly lasts until the seventh and eighth.
May 25 - 9:12 PM

Golden Tate caught 4-of-6 targets for 34 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Tate was virtually unusable in fantasy leagues during a sluggish first half of the season, but he turned it on late under OC Jim Bob Cooter and finished with a respectable 86-779-6 receiving line. Still, Tate's yards-per-reception drop from 13.4 to barely above 9.0 in his second season as a Lion was major, and easily the worst of his career. Tate was pedestrian with Calvin Johnson healthy in 2014, and in 2015 didn't become a true fantasy asset until Calvin began to fade down the stretch. Still only 27 years old, Tate should have lots of solid-if-unspectacular football left. He's probably best approached as a low-end WR2 in PPR leagues for 2016 and a WR3 option in non-PPR.
Jan 3 - 5:15 PM

Golden Tate secured 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in the Lions' Week 16 win over the 49ers.

Tate's target total was a low since before the Lions' Week 9 bye. The Lions were aggressive about feeding Calvin Johnson (10 targets) in this one, after he served as a decoy in the previous two weeks. Tate will close out the season in a plus matchup against the Bears in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:55:00 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Dwayne Washington
4Zach Zenner
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
WR21Marvin Jones
2Andre Roberts
3Aaron Dobson
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Cole Wick
3Orson Charles
4Khari Lee
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
K1Matt Prater