Golden Tate, WR, Lions
|WR - #32||90.89||DET||Active||5 years||25||5'10||202||@ShowtimeTate|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-08-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
The Lions have been searching for a viable compliment to Calvin Johnson for years and they finally found him. Golden Tate is not flashy, but is as sure-handed and reliable as they come. Tate is coming off a career year in which he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five TDs. It's not much, but those numbers aren't easy to produce given Seattle's style of play. The Lions have a lot of playmakers, so dependable fantasy numbers week-to-week is likely asking a lot. Stafford need a good number two receiver and Tate is hopefully the perfect fit. Although he has Megatron opposite him taking a lot more targets than anyone in Seattle did, Tate should come close to equaling or outpacing his '2013 numbers. Grab Tate and stash him on your bench (or plug him in as a WR3/flex).
Much like the value of preseason football to a couple of star running backs, what good is it to put the best wide receiver in football through every play in practice? That's what Calvin Johnson has always wanted to do, but after seven years in the league and nothing to prove, Lions coaches are pulling the reins on Megatron just a bit.
"I'm older now," the 28-year-old Johnson said Tuesday. "I'm not diving for the balls anymore (in practice). Coach (Jim) Caldwell has a big emphasis about us staying off the ground.
"I don't see a lot of the reps that I'm used to seeing. They'll come, but I'm used to being out there every play."
So when you read Wednesday practice reports during the season and see Calvin listed as "DNP," don't freak out. This is a good thing.
Johnson limped through the final stages of last season and underwent minor surgeries on his knee and finger during the offseason. Anything to reduce his wear and tear, I'm all for it. He is in the prime of his career; the Lions need to get the most they can out of Johnson and don't need him spending extra energy on a ton of 11-on-11 reps in July.
Johnson is the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver without question and a mid-first-round lock. Even with the new additions to Detroit's passing offense -- Golden Tate, Eric Ebron -- Megatron shouldn't see any sort of decline in targets or production.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/29 - Lions WR Calvin Johnson taking fewer practice reps to preserve health
7/28 - Lions WR Golden Tate taken off PUP list
7/23 - Detroit Lions place WR Golden Tate on PUP list
7/15 - Lions WR Golden Tate: The sky is the limit for me in Detroit
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|16.01||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|16.07||World Ranked Player #26 - WR depth pick with potential if Harvin goes down or gets all the attention.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|15.12||Bruno Boys - This is the first of several late round fliers that I?m using on wide receivers. Golden Tate was outstanding last season given how few targets he received. On a per touch basis he made Sidney Rice look terrible in comparison. Tate emerged as a favorite red zone target of Russell Wilson. If rumors are to be believed, the addition of Percy Harvin means that Seattle is planning to pass more in 2013. If that is the case it would not be the least bit surprising to see Tate pass Rice on the depth chart especially after Carroll vowed to get him the ball more last month. At worst he?ll be the #3 option in the passing game which shouldn?t be bad since he?ll see very little good coverage. In the 15th round I?ll risk him.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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