Fantasy Football Debate: Golden Tate

By ericbeuning
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If you watched the Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams then you know what a defensive war it was on both sides of the ball. People who didn’t watch the game will be scanning the stat lines and headlines looking for fantasy gems. Their eyes will probably flash and sparkle when they see Golden Tate’s five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

However, if you look closely you’ll see that 80 of those 93 yards came on a single touchdown pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. It was a play where Tate used superior body position to beat the tight coverage. He then streaked down the field taunting Rams defensive back Janoris Jenkins and drawing a flag.

If you’re in a desperate spot in need of a No. 3 receiver and Tate hasn’t been picked up by another owner in your league, then he’s probably worth a grab. On the season Tate has 32 receptions for 439 yards and three scores.  Those are indeed low end No. 3 receiver numbers. If you’re desperate for another pass catcher, especially with a lot of talent on bye this week, then Tate could be a smart play.

The Seahawks face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team in Week 9 that is struggling against the pass, and players are beginning to pack it in and protect themselves for next year.

However, if you already own Golden Tate and you aren’t in dire straits at receiver, this might be a good time to sell high on him. The reality is Tate has a knack for being streaky, and streaky No. 3 receivers are a dime a dozen even on a picked over free agent pool.

I would advise looking through the rosters of other owners in your league for someone who is desperate for pass catching help and make a package trade to move up in talent. Chances are this week Tate’s big play will be on a lot of highlight reels for the taunting call, and it might just inspire someone who’s desperate to bite.

If you own Tate and have the chance to trade up one of your other positions, don’t miss this window of opportunity!

Eric Beuning is a Fantasy Football writer for

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