Golden Tate (WR)

08/16/2013 6:00 am by in Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights, Wide Receivers

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Golden Tate enters his contract year, in his fourth season in the NFL, after having a career year in 2012. Last season Tate caught 45 of 67 passes for 688 yards and seven touchdowns. This made him a middling WR4 in all fantasy leagues not including return yards. That won’t be the case this season as Tate has matured as a route runner, retained his athleticism, and has been called the most impressive player in training camp thus far.

Golden Tate is poised for a breakout campaign in 2013! He should emerge as Russell Wilson’s #1 target with the absence of Percy Harvin and the continuing knee issues of Sydney Rice. Rice recently returned from Switzerland for a procedure on his knee. All you have to do is look at the last eight games of the 2012 season to get a thumbnail for 2013.

Once the leash was removed from Russell Wilson, Golden Tate produced 497 yards on 32 receptions out of 40 targets with four touchdowns. It would be too simplistic to double those numbers, but for the fact that he played more offensive snaps as the year went on. If he does emerge as the Seahawks WR1, and every indication is that he will, he could produce between 880 and 950 yards with 60+ receptions and seven touchdowns. That is borderline WR3 territory and fantasy owners could use him as a matchup WR3 at worst.

Golden Tate currently has an ADP of WR47, coming off the board late in the 10th round. He should outproduce that draft slot because of the maturation of Russell Wilson and his own work ethic during the off season. Pete Carrol has this to say: “We have no hesitation to feature him and get him the football.”

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  1. takbax August 18th, 2013 12:53 pm

    After Saturday nights Pre-Season game 2 i’d say Golden Tate is Seattle’s WR1 standout. He’s strong, fast, and just has a way of making big plays all the time. I’m not sure he’s break 1000 pass yards this year given the amount of weapons and run first offense. So probably would still look at him like WR2. I’ve got my eye on Jermaine Kearse too. Very impressive.

    I just moved SEA defense up a round on my ADP list. I missed out in my dynasty leagues, but, not next draft.

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