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15 Golden Tate WR
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 8/2/1988 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/93 | Average Draft Position: 74.41
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Golden Tate proving himself each week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is no Calvin Johnson, to be sure, but you wouldn't be able to tell just based on his stat line over the last four games. Tate put together another monstrous performance in Week 7 against the Saints.

Tate hauled in a career-high 10 passes Sunday, giving him 32 receptions for 448 yards over the last four games. Those are positively Megatron-esque numbers, and he has added two touchdowns in that span. Tate has been the team's top option in each game with Johnson sidelined, and should continue to be so until Johnson is at full health.

Tate has at least five receptions in each game this season, so it isn't like he has only been useful with Johnson limited. At this point, he has to be active in all Fantasy formats, and should be considered a must-start option against a dreadful Falcons defense in Week 8. 


Golden Tate rips Saints for 10 catches, 154 receiving yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate set career highs with 10 catches for 154 yards in the Week 7 comeback win over the Saints. Tate drew a game-high 13 targets as he helped Detroit overcome the absence of top wideout Calvin Johnson.

Tate turned what looked like a short reception into a 73-yard touchdown with 3:38 remaining in the game. He broke one tackle and outraced the Saints' secondary to the end zone. Tate now has three 100-yard receiving efforts in his last four games.

He'll play the Falcons in London in Week 8.


Bounce back game seems likely for Golden Tate


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) If Calvin Johnson's ankle injury keeps him out yet again in Week 7, Fantasy owners should feel confident in relying on Golden Tate. Yes, even in light of his subpar performance in Week 6.

Tate dropped a few passes and ended up with just 44 yards against the Vikings last week, but should have more success against the Saints this Sunday. New Orleans' defense has proven vulnerable against wide receivers this season, allowing 30-plus Fantasy points in three of five games. Eight different receivers have finished with 9-plus Fantasy points against the Lions, so Tate could find room to succeed even if Johnson takes the field.

Tate has been targeted 32 times in the last three games as the team's No. 1 option in the receiving game, including 12 times in his subpar Week 6 performance. Don't be afraid to lean on him in what might turn into a shootout. 


Lions WR Golden Tate trying to move past so-so Week 6 outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) With star receiver Calvin Johnson sidelined with an ankle injury, Lions wide receiver Golden Tate finished with seven catches for 44 yards in a 17-3 win Week 6 at Minnesota. Though, Tate expressed some disgust with his performance.

"I just didn't play my best ball," Tate said, per MLive.com. "I still found my ways to get open, but my hands, I just left them in Detroit, I think."

Pro Football Focus credited Tate with two drops in Week 6. Tate indicated he should have had 3-4 more catches Sunday.

Johnson could be sidelined again Week 7 against the Saints. Tate vows to be prepared either way.

"As far as my preparation, I don't do anything different," he said. "I try to prepare like I'm the No. 1 guy, no matter whether I'm the No. 1 or the No. 5. That's just how I am now. There's a feeling that I need to step up a little more than I have in the past."


Lions' Golden Tate struggles to fill in Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Lions wideout Golden Tate had a tough time filling in for Calvin Johnson Week 6.

Tate did lead the club with seven catches, but gained just 44 yards. Tate was targeted heavily, earning 12 looks from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford was under pressure most of the game, and was forced to check down more often than normal. That probably led to Tate averaging just 6.3 yards per catch.

Tate will take on the Saints Week 7. 


Golden Tate a must-start in Calvin Johnson's absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) When the Lions are at full health, Golden Tate makes for a terrific secondary option in the passing game; a great complement to Calvin Johnson, just like the team had hoped. However, with Johnson essentially a non-factor over the last two games, Tate has proven himself more than capable of shouldering the load in the passing game.

Tate put up his second 100-yard performance in a row in Week 5, and he found the end zone this time, his first score of the season. He now has at least 5 Fantasy points in each game, with games of 9, 11 and 19 also under his belt.

Tate looks like a must-start Fantasy option as long as Johnson's injury remains a concern, as it has been for the last two weeks. Keep an eye on Johnson's status throughout the week, and don't you dare think about sitting him if there is any doubt about Johnson's ability to contribute. 


Golden Tate scores, racks up 134 yards in Week 5 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate paced the passing offense Sunday, catching seven of his nine targets for 134 yards and a touchdown in his team's 17-14 loss to the Bills in Week 5.

With Calvin Johnson invisible in the first half and injured in the second half, Tate took over, blocking out his defender on a nine-yard score. He later gained 55 yards on a key reception with less than a minute remaining in the game, but the Lions were unable to convert a potential game-winning field-goal attempt. While Tate shined, the rest of the offense combined for just 77 yards on 11 receptions. Tate will likely be the focal part of the passing attack for as long as Johnson is hampered by ankle issues. The Lions face the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 6.


Golden Tate active for Week 5 matchup vs. Bills


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (hamstring) is active for Sunday's battle with the Bills. Tate was limited in practice Thursday and Friday but was expected to suit up after being listed as probable on the team's final injury report.

Lions WR Golden Tate probable entering Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Lions WR Golden Tate is probable entering Week 5.

Tate is dealing with a hamstring injury, but is expected to play. He was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday, but still managed to receive the probable tag. 


Lions WRs Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate back on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Superstar Calvin Johnson and fellow Lions wideout Golden Tate both returned to practice Friday after missing the Thursday session.

Johnson has been dealing with a sprained ankle while Tate showed up on the injury report for the first time Thursday with a hamstring issue.

Tate paced the team with eight catches for 116 yards in a Week 4 win over the Jets while Johnson was limited and used mostly as a decoy, per the Detroit Free Press. Johnson missed both the Wednesday and Thursday sessions but is expected to play Sunday against Buffalo.


Lions Golden Tate limited in practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate was limited in practice Thursday.

Tate is dealing with a hamstring injury. Tate was not listed on the injury report Thursday, so the injury comes as a bit of a surprise. His status will be determined based on how much he can practice Friday. 


Golden Tate's value tied to Calvin Johnson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/1/2014) As Chris Towers so deftly noted Sunday, Golden Tate's breakthrough performance in which he caught eight passes for 116 yards Week 4 at the Jets may have had something to do with Calvin Johnson playing only 57 percent of the Lions' snaps because of a sprained ankle. So presumably, Tate owners would like to know how Johnson is doing now.

Well, he missed practice Wednesday but recently told The Detroit News his ankle is "definitely better" than it was last week. He missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday leading up to that game.

I'm thinking the Lions would rather give Johnson a chance to get healthy than run him out there as a decoy every week, so if he's active again Week 5 against Buffalo, I wouldn't be particularly optimistic about Tate's chances.

Then again, the floor is pretty low for Tate. In four games, he has yet to go for less than 51 yards. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him in the 20-30 range at wide receiver, which would make him an advisable starter in 12-team leagues. That sounds about right.


Golden Tate cracks the century mark in win over Jets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) With Calvin Johnson not at 100 percent, Lions wide receiver Golden Tate shouldered the load, registering his first 100-yard game with his new team in Week 4 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Tate caught two passes on the opening drive of the game, including a 35-yard pass down the middle for his longest gain of the day. Johnson was often used as a decoy, which benefited Tate, who received a season-high 10 targets. He caught eight passes for 116 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per grab in a 24-17 defeat.

Tate has 317 receiving yards through his first four games, though he's yet to score a touchdown over that span.

The Lions will host the Bills in Week 5.


Assessing Golden Tate's value after Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate did a nice Calvin Johnson impersonation Sunday, with Megatron limited mostly to work as a decoy in a 24-17 win over the Jets.

Tate led the team in receptions and yards in Week 4, as Johnson took a backseat with an ankle injury. Johnson's limitations probably skewed Tate's numbers, however, as he is not likely to see 10 targets moving forward. The Lions throw it so much to Johnson, when healthy, that Tate's role will continue to be limited, as good as he can be. 

You probably won't find an owner willing to beat down your door for Tate, especially since he has yet to find the end zone. Still, if you have Tate as your third or fourth best receiver, you might want to think about shopping him this week, even someone in your league is desperate for receiving help.

Of course, Johnson's injury was such an issue Sunday, there is no telling if it will continue to limit him moving forward. If Johnson cannot be Megatron, Tate's value should go through the roof. 


Golden Tate brings in five passes Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate picked up five catches Week 3 against the Packers.

Tate gained 51 yards during the contest. He was targeted seven times, which ranked third on the club. The Packers did a decent job holding the Lions offense in check, which explains why no receiver on Detroit was able to put up big numbers.

Tate will look for more Week 4 against the Jets. 


Time to start Golden Tate in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) I'm excited about this game because there should be a lot of Fantasy points between all the main receivers on both teams, including Golden Tate.

He would clearly be fourth if you're ranking them with Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but Tate makes for a top-15 Fantasy option in this matchup.

The Packers have given up two touchdowns to opposing receivers with Ricardo Lockette in Week 1 and Eric Decker last week, and they should have allowed a third touchdown to Jeremy Kerley on the Jets non-timeout call.

Tate is second on the Lions in targets behind Johnson (24) with 14 and once upon a time he had a big catch against the Packers when he played with the Seahawks in the Fail Mary game in 2012.

That was actually his second touchdown in the game and we'd love a repeat performance this week.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Golden Tate has five catches


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate had a quiet game Sunday in Week 2 at Carolina. He finished with just five catches for 57 yards on eight targets.

Tate will look to make more plays in Week 3 against the Packers at home.


Golden Tate nearly cracks century mark in debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Outside of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate was the only other targeted receiver for the Lions in a Week 1 win over the Giants.

Tate nearly surpassed the century mark, but didn't catch his first pass until the second quarter. He came down with a short 4-yard reception with 11:10 remaining in the first half. He made a leaping 44-yard grab in the third quarter for his longest gain of the night. He caught all six of his targets for 93 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per grab in a 35-14 victory.

Tate will look to build off that performance in Week 2 against Carolina. While with the Seahawks, he caught four of his six targets for 51 yards in Week 1 against the Panthers last season.

Golden Tate facing a familiar matchup in Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate may have a familiar matchup come Week 1 against the Giants.

Although Tate was practically a non-factor when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last covered him in the Super Bowl, the new wideout will probably play out of the slot for Detroit, which would mean he would be shadowed by former Seattle teammate Walter Thurmond.

Wide receivers against the Giants averaged 16.00 Fantasy points per game in standard CBSSports.com leagues, which was fourth-best in the league, only behind Tennessee, Seattle and Carolina. When Tate faced the Giants in December of last season, he was limited to only 25 on two catches and six targets.

Tate is expected to give Calvin Johnson some breathing room and eventually become Stafford's No. 2 option in the passing game. He should be viewed as a borderline No. 2 wide receiver and a decent flex for Week 1.

Lions sit out several starters for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Golden Tate aiming to exploit single coverage


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) New Lions receiver Golden Tate said his production "can be way better" in Detroit than it was in Seattle, reports ESPN.com.

"I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage by a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks," Tate said, referring to Calvin Johnson.

"So mentally I think I should be able to excel and do very well here."

Tate stressed, however, that his main concern is winning and he won't care what his numbers are if the team goes deep in the playoffs.


Golden Tate scores first Detroit touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate found the end zone during Friday's exhibition game against the Raiders in Oakland.

Tate caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford of the opening series. He caught all three of his targeted passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Through two preseason games, he has 55 receiving yards.


Golden Tate comes down with one grab in exhibition debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate worked with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Tate, who had been bothered by a shoulder issue during training camp, caught a 14-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the opening drive of the game. It was his only catch and target, as the first-team was pulled after the first series.

Golden Tate knocks off the rust


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate (shoulder) came off the PUP list Monday in time to participate in the team's first practice.

"Still a little rusty out there, still have to trust myself and trust my hands," he told the Detroit Free Press. "But I like the way we work around here, coach (Jim Caldwell) does a great job at taking care of our legs. After Day 1, I’m excited about [Tuesday] and I’m just going to keep on getting better day to day."

Tate said a shoulder injury was a first for him. “I kind of trusted the doctors," he said. "The doctors said I would be back by camp and here I am practicing Day 1. However, there was a lot of rehabbing and strengthening the muscles around it so it didn’t shut down, but I feel like I’m close to being pretty good."

Caldwell called Tate "a very important piece to our offense."


Golden Tate activated from PUP list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Lions activated receiver Golden Tate from the PUP list, reports the National Football Post. Tate had what he called a minor shoulder injury.