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Fantasy Analysis | 1399603020
The Lions offense is going to be awesome
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 

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Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate building chemistry
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and free agent acquisition Golden Tate are using this week's voluntary minicamp to get accustomed to each other.

"Any time we miss a ball, I'm going straight to him, 'Hey, did I look back? Turn my head late? Did that feel right? What can I do better?'" Tate told "I think that's where it starts, just talking it out. I can't read his mind, he can't read my mind, so we're just talking it out."

Tate, the team's No. 2 receiver, said he's adjusting to Stafford's powerful arm. But he also praised Stafford's accuracy.  

"He's placed some balls on air and seven-on-sevens and I'm like, 'Wow, that's a great ball,'" Tate said. "For instance, I run a basic route, which is a 10-, 12-yard in, and he's put it right there, on the dot, where I can split the safeties and potentially score."

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Fantasy Analysis | 1397656198
Golden Tate loves role in his new offense
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

New Lions receiver Golden Tate thinks the offense he's going into this season will "fit better for me as a player than Seattle's did." Tate told the official team website that he's watched film on the Saints offense, which is what the playbook is based off of, and thinks of himself as a Lance Moore-type player with more explosion

As the website noted, Moore caught at least 50 passes and six scores in four of the five years he played at least 14 games with New Orleans. Both of those numbers should be attainable for Tate in Motown. 

Ultimately, Tate is excited about fitting his skills in with what's being asked of him. 

"Here we have our rules, initially, to learn the offense, but at the end of the day you have to play football," Tate said. "I think that's what I do best. Just finding ways to get open. Although a route is supposed to be at 15 yards, sometimes you're going to get pressed and your mental clock tells you to break it down to 12 (yards) and it'll time up correctly. I'm a mental clock kind of guy. In some instances it's going to be backyard football, find the hole and make a play, make a guy miss and go score with it. I see my game really fitting into this offense really well."

Tate has emerged into one of this year's hottest breakout candidates and a borderline No. 2 Fantasy receiver. Expect him to get taken between Rounds 5 and 7 depending on league size and scoring. 

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Golden Tate: 'It's going to be tough to stop us'
by Larry Hartstein |

New Lions receiver Golden Tate is pumped about leaving a run-first offense for the Lions' pass-oriented attack. Seattle ran the ball 55 percent or more of the time in three of Tate's four seasons there.

The Lions had a 60/40 pass-to-run ratio last season, and that was their most balanced in years, according to the team's website.

“For me it just made more sense to come here,” Tate said. “You know, I just see a ton of upside in the vision that this organization has and that I have. It’s all the same. I’m excited just to be a part of something special.

“Like I said, I’m leaving a run-heavy offense to a pass-happy offense, so that’s exciting. I get to play with one of the best to ever play the game, so I wanted to jump on that opportunity and I’m just excited.”

With Calvin Johnson lining up opposite him, Matthew Stafford throwing the passes, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in the backfield, Tate said he sees the Lions "opening it up everywhere. I think it’s going to be tough to stop us.”

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Fantasy Analysis | 1394656886
Lions passing game gets better
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Lions signed receiver Golden Tate to a five-year, $31 million contract Wednesday with more than $13 million in guaranteed money. I like this move for all the respective Fantasy parties involved.

Start with Tate, who is coming off a career year in 2013 with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle. He has been stifled by the Seahawks run-heavy offense the past two years with Russell Wilson, but all that is about to change.

Matthew Stafford has attempted 630-plus passes the past three seasons, and even with new head coach Jim Caldwell expected to dial it down, he'll still be throwing a lot. And Tate, playing opposite Calvin Johnson, should see single coverage on almost every play.

This should be his first chance for a 1,000-yard season, and he should score at least six touchdowns. I like Tate as a No. 3 receiver in all leagues with a mid-round pick.

As for Stafford, this gives him another playmaker, which is key. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are solid out of the backfield. Joseph Fauria is a sleeper tight end, but Tate adds another dimension to this passing game. 

Put Stafford back on your list as a Top 5 quarterback, and I would draft him as early as Round 4 after the Top 3 come off the board in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

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2010Seattle Seahawks1102122710.8520218
2011Seattle Seahawks1653538210.93335016
2012Seattle Seahawks15154568815.351712529
2013Seattle Seahawks16136489814.080512341
2010Seattle Seahawks110242.03000
2011Seattle Seahawks1655142.814001
2012Seattle Seahawks15153206.713001
2013Seattle Seahawks161333110.320011
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Kick Returns
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2011Seattle Seahawks1600---000
2012Seattle Seahawks1500---000
2013Seattle Seahawks1635719.02400
Punt Returns
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2010Seattle Seahawks1116620212.66303
2011Seattle Seahawks161000.0000
2012Seattle Seahawks15010---000
2013Seattle Seahawks16511458511.57108
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YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2010Seattle Seahawks1100.000000.0000
2011Seattle Seahawks1611.000000.0000
2012Seattle Seahawks1511.000000.0000
2013Seattle Seahawks1600.000000.0000
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2010Seattle Seahawks1110010010
2011Seattle Seahawks1610000000
2012Seattle Seahawks1511010410
2013Seattle Seahawks1630000000
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