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What to do with Golden Tate in Week 10 fantasy football

As one of the few remaining healthy bodies in the Giants’ receiving corps, can Golden Tate have a fantasy impact this weekend?

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So much of Fantasy Football is circumstance. Is a particular player buried on the depth chart? Does the coaching staff know the right way to utilize certain guys on their roster? Do you have a good or a bad matchup in any given week? Golden Tate is in a circumstance driven spot this coming Sunday against the Jets. While both New York franchises have looked anemic through the first two months of the NFL season, the Jets have stood-out from the pack in terms of sadness. The team appears to be devolving into itself, and, in their past two contests specifically, they’ve allowed six touchdowns to opposing WRs. In a vacuum, Tate should have little to no concern about the defense standing across from him in Week 10.

Still, the truly exciting aspect of Tate’s ceiling is the projected volume. The Notre Dame product has been lapping up targets with Sterling Shepard (concussion) sidelined and, with no clear timetable for his return, that trend should continue in the immediate future. Dating back to Week 6, Tate’s averaged an eye-popping 9.0 targets per game. These haven’t been empty opportunities, either, with Tate posting 26 catches and 309 receiving yards within that span. However, it’s now not just Shepard that’s likely to be missing on Sunday, with Evan Engram having not practiced all week with a foot sprain. Through the process of elimination, Tate’s going to be Daniel Jones’ No. 1 target. He simply doesn’t have another choice.

Fantasy Football Analysis, New York Giants WR Golden Tate

Tate’s already suited up for one game in 2019 without Shepard and Engram active. It was Week 6 against the Patriots, and Tate was clearly the focal point of the Giants’ aerial attack. Despite the horrible matchup, Tate was targeted on 29.0% of Jones’ 31 passing attempts, he racked up his lone 100-yard receiving performance of the year, and he netted himself a season-high 25.2 DKFP. At least from a volume perspective, I can’t envision things going any differently in Week 10.

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