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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
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Golden Tate caught 8-of-10 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints.
The highlight was Tate's 66-yard touchdown. Tate caught the ball at the right sideline before turning it into a weaving, reversed-field masterpiece. The yards were Tate's second most of the season, though he's now cleared 75 in 3-of-4 games. Tate has dispatched Marvin Jones with extreme prejudice, and will be an upside WR2 against the Bears in Week 14. Dec 4 - 5:41 PM

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Golden Tate caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Lions' Week 12 win over the Vikings.

Tate's seven targets were just third most on the team. Matthew Stafford has been spreading it around even more than usual since the Lions' Week 10 bye, cutting into Tate's WR3 upside. He'll still be a top-36 option against the Saints in Week 13.
Nov 24 - 3:58 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-4 targets for 27 yards Week 11 against the Jaguars.

Tate almost came down with a diving third-down conversion in the first half, but the ball just hit the ground. He also fumbled on an end around in the second half. Other than those two plays, it was a quiet afternoon with the passing game doing next to nothing all game. Tate will look for more success Thanksgiving Day against the Vikings.
Nov 20 - 5:45 PM

Golden Tate caught 11-of-12 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 9 win over the Vikings.

Largely limited to short catches all game, Tate's highlight occurred in overtime when he broke two tackles down the left sideline for the game-winning touchdown, using incredible footwork to stay in bounds on the 28-yard score. Although Tate got off to a disappointing start to the season, he has been a major PPR asset over the last month-plus. The Lions go on their bye in Week 10. They will emerge to face Jacksonville in Week 10. Tate has settled in as a quality WR3/flex play every week.
Nov 6 - 4:15 PM

Golden Tate caught 7-of-9 targets for 42 yards in the Lions' Week 8 loss to the Texans.

With the returns of Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron, Tate remained steadily involved to the surprise of some. The biggest loser was Anquan Boldin (three targets), though Tate didn't manage to do much with his looks. Tate will find the sledding much tougher next week on the road at the Vikings.
Oct 30 - 5:09 PM

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Golden Tate will remain a focal point of the offense even with several players returning from injury.

The Lions are expected to get back both Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick this week. Ebron's return could put a dent in Tate's target totals, but Riddick is the real concern. Tate has seen 22 targets in the last two weeks with Riddick out after seeing just 31 total the first five games. Despite what Cooter says, Tate will certainly see fewer passes thrown his way with Riddick back.
Source: ESPN
Oct 27 - 12:02 PM

Golden Tate caught 6-of-12 targets for 93 yards in the Lions' Week 7 win over the Redskins.

The 6/90 effort was Tate's second straight after his dreadfully slow start. He has 22 targets in his past two games. One of Tate's missed connections was a drop, while he had a pair of potential scores undone by miscues. One was called back by penalty, the other kept off the board by Tate's inability to stay in bounds. Seemingly a much bigger part of the Lions' offense now, Tate will be a high-end WR3 against the Texans' banged up secondary in Week 8.
Oct 23 - 5:10 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-10 targets for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 6 win over the Rams.

Tate entered the game with just 17 catches for 134 yards, so this was a much-needed explosion. Tate started the day strong with 34 yards on a screen pass to set up the opening touchdown, and he was left all alone down the sidelines for a 61-yard gain which initially appeared to be a touchdown. Despite that "score" being called back, Tate found the painted area on a 23-yard catch-and-run to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. Tate looked much more like himself after the catch this week, and the Lions put him in good positions to make plays. It is tough to trust him after just one good performance, but Tate will be interesting next week against the Redskins.
Oct 16 - 4:09 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-5 targets for 39 yards in the Lions' Week 5 win over the Eagles.

Tate also rushed three times for six yards. OC Jim Bob Cooter was clearly trying to get Tate involved, but it wasn't working. He was pretty much nonexistent before catching a 27-yard pass on the Lions' final drive to set up Matt Prater's winning 29-yard field goal. Cooter promised Tate would have a "huge week" this week. The 39 yards is his second-highest mark of the season, but doesn't qualify as anything except confirmation that Tate has been a "huge" bust.
Oct 9 - 5:40 PM

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Golden Tate will have a "huge week."

Considering he has yet to top 41 yards and was benched last week, we are going to bet he won't.
Oct 6 - 12:10 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Golden Tate is still "an integral part" of the offense.

Caldwell has also claimed Tate was not benched even though he was very clearly benched after running the wrong route on an interception. The Lions do not have the receiver depth to move away from Tate, but fantasy owners should feel comfortable dropping him.
Oct 3 - 12:35 PM

Golden Tate played just 36-of-63 snaps Week 4 against the Bears.

Tate caught just one of four targets for one yard and was benched after running the wrong route on a Matthew Stafford interception. He has not topped 41 yards in any game this season. Tate can be dropped in standard-sized leagues.
Oct 3 - 10:21 AM

Golden Tate caught just 1-of-4 targets for one yard in the Lions' Week 4 loss to the Bears.

Tate ran the wrong route on Matthew Stafford's first interception just before halftime when the Lions were in field-goal range. Stafford was piping hot after the pick, and the Lions opened the second half with Tate on the bench. Andre Roberts replaced him in three-wide sets. Coach Jim Caldwell downplayed it after the game, but it was evident Tate was benched. He caught a two-point conversion after a Roberts punt-return score in the fourth quarter, but Tate was again ineffective for the third week in a row. He's become borderline droppable in 12-team leagues ahead of a Week 5 date with a stingy Eagles defense.
Oct 2 - 5:18 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 12:10 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
3Joique Bell
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Marvin Jones
2Anquan Boldin
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Clay Harbor
3Matthew Mulligan
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
K1Matt Prater