Golden Tate (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions ' official site reports.
Tate's listing as a limited participant implies that his availability this week isn't up in the air, but owners should continue to monitor his activity level in advance of Thursday's game versus the Packers. While he's a secondary option to Calvin Johnson in the Lions' passing attack, Tate posted his season-long reception of 43 yards in Week 10 against Green Bay.
Golden Tate caught seven passes off of eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's win over Philadelphia
Midway through the second quarter of Detroit's Thanksgiving beatdown of Philadelphia, Tate snagged a pass in the flat, wiggled away from a would-be tackler and walked into the end zone for just his second score of the season. While the touchdown was a welcomed surprise for fantasy owners, little about Tate's game was too far out of the ordinary. Thursday was Tate's ninth game in 11 contests with at least four catches and his eighth averaging less than 10 yards per catch. Expect Tate to remain a high-volume target behind Calvin Johnson, one that is a minimal threat to stretch defenses deep, rack up too many yards or find the end zone.
Golden Tate snagged eight passes off of 11 targets for 73 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland. He lost two yards on his lone carry of the game.
The eight catches tied a season high, with the 71 total yards representing Tate's third highest sum of the season. Tate ranks second on the team in catches, leading the squad during three games including Sunday. He's struggled to make much of those catches, however, finding the end zone just once and failing to reach 60 yards in seven of 10 games. After surpassing his preseason fantasy hype in 2014, Tate hasn't quite lived up to his billing in 2015. His poor yardage totals make him a beter fit for PPR leagues than standard leagues.
Golden Tate caught four passes off of four targets for 52 yards and added an 11-yard carry in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
Tate was saved by a 43-yard catch and run in the closing minutes of the game, otherwise he would have been limited to a season-low performance. Coming off of a 99-catch, 1,331-yard 2014 season, there were high hopes for Tate, hopes he has failed to deliver on. Tate already has eight games with fewer than 80 receiving yards in 2015, as many as he had all over last season. With just a single score this season, Tate is worth keeping around based off of his past success, but is hardly a week-in-week-out starter.
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