Archive for Golden Tate

NEWS: Jimmy Graham could play a red-zone role in Week 7? Calvin still doubtful in the contest?

SMITTY: It’s tough to speculate on this just yet, and Graham and the Saints still have over a day to decide. If Graham does go, even in a limited red-zone look capacity, he is a must-play, so stay on both our news wire and Smart Alerts. We will also keep you updated if any news breaks on Calvin Johnson, who is currently expected to miss this contest between the Saints and Lions. If both of these studs sit, Calvin and Graham, both Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford lose their top 5QB upside this week, but both are still must-starts (unless you have Stafford and a comparable QB with a better match-up). Reggie Bush and Golden Tate should have nice outings if both end up being Stafford’s top receiving options in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson (ankle) needs a miracle to play in Week 7.

SMITTY: He is officially questionable, but he hasn’t practiced all week — no one should be counting on his services this week. Not being ruled out for this week is a good sign for Week 8. Then again, the Lions have a Week 9 bye, so you have to think the team will be tempted to wait just one more week, which then buys Calvin two weeks of rest. Matthew Stafford owners need Calvin back soon so that they can once again see elite passing numbers. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson expected to play Week 5; will he be effective?

SMITTY: He is set as ‘questionable’ for Week 5 with the ankle, but a couple sources now expect Calvin to play. How effective will be be this week, though? Will he once again be a decoy? The bottom line is this… if he plays, you have to run him out onto the field. Even as a projected decoy in the past, he always found a way to pull in big numbers. Just stay close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts, as things could change directions during warm-ups. Whether Calvin is out or not, and even more so if he is, Reggie Bush could explode, as the team is without Joique Bell this week, and they need someone catching passes. Golden Tate is also set for a huge game if Calvin sits, but he is an excellent start this week even if Calvin goes. For more on this game, view your Smart Alerts that we just sent out on this, as we talk a bit about Sammy Watkins and Eric Ebron heading into this week.

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NEWS: Week 5 Quick-Hitting Probable/Questionable/Out List

We have so many probable, questionable and out players to report on today, I tossed a majority of them into this one post. It looks like Reggie Bush is going to get a ton of work in Week 5, he is an excellent start this week. Good luck with all your decisions, folks, and be sure to get on our forums and get some last-minute line-up advice!

Probable Players for Week 5

A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice on Friday, but is probable for Week 5.
Julio Jones (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 5.
Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Arian Foster (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 5.
Golden Tate (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Ladarius Green (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is probable for Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Ben Tate is probable for Week 5.

Questionable Players for Week 5

Andre Johnson (ankle) was held out of Friday’s practice and is questionable for Week 5.
Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 5.

Out Players for Week 5

Joique Bell is out for Week 5.

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk sleepers on 1060am (8-19-14)

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ first radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the first show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/19/14

Guest: Smitty, Gary Davenport

Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies

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NEWS: Matthew Stafford tosses 2TDs without Calvin Johnson; Tate catches 1TD.

Lions Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and 2TDs in his Week 2 preseason outing against the Raiders; Golden Tate pulled in three receptions for 41 yards and 1TD in the game.

SMITTY: Matthew Stafford has top 5 fantasy QB upside heading into this upcoming season, and it was nice to see him look smooth as Calvin Johnson sat this one out. Golden Tate maintains his sneaky WR3-type appeal heading into mid-August, as his ADP sits around 8.01-8.12. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson making jaw-dropping plays every day in camp?

According to ESPN, Lions WR Calvin Johnson “has looked impressive through the first two weeks of camp, making jaw-dropping plays essentially every day.”

SMITTY: Calvin Johnson is just insanely-talented, there is no other way to put it. I think Julio Jones is right there with him as far as pure physical ability, and of course Dez Bryant and AJ Green are almost right there with those two… receivers are dominating fantasy football consistency right now, and like last year, my favorite plan of attack for upcoming drafts is to go WR/WR and load up on Joique Bell-types at the running back position. I wouldn’t take the WR/WR approach in every league you do, but it’s a fantastic strategy if you know how to land your sleeper rushers. Back on the topic of Lions players, Matthew Stafford could be in for a big year given all his weapons, which includes newly-added Golden Tate, and still-solid Reggie Bush — That’s all on top of having a 100+ and 50+ reception players in both Calvin and Bell. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on all these guys?

NEWS: Jon Baldwin claimed off waivers by the Lions.

According to reports, the Lions claimed WR Jon Baldwin off waivers from the 49ers.

SMITTY: Jon Baldwin, just 25, has always had talent, but he has never put all the pieces together. If he can’t make it in this situation, he likely never will. Golden Tate also has nice upside, but it wouldn’t be crazy to see Baldwin become the second-best receiver on that Lions roster. Due to his inconsistency and ability to continue to disappoint, it also wouldn’t be shocking if he never passed Kevin Ogletree on the depth chart. Monitor this situation… one of Baldwin/Tate should benefit from all the defensive attention that will be constantly thrown at Calvin Johnson in 2014, who will still likely find a way to total 100 receptions, roughly 1,400 yards (or more) and 10+ touchdowns.

NEWS: Eric Ebron to move around in 2014; Bell and Bush to pull in 50 passes each?

According to NFL.com, Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron is going move around all over the field in that Lions offense in 2014. “I’ve been everywhere and that is what’s killing me,” Ebron said. “I’m used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it’s the Y, the F, the Z.” He added, “Fifty percent in the slot, 40 percent with my hand in the ground, 10 percent in the backfield.”

SMITTY: Eric Ebron has HUGE upside entering future years, but I think it’s important to curb expectations as he enters his first NFL season. Matthew Stafford is in for a big year, possibly of the top 5-6 variety, but there are a ton of mouths to feed in Detroit in 2014. So, it’s hard to imagine a rookie tight end hitting the ground running in the consistency department, but his presence, especially in the red zone, will create all kinds of mismatches, which in turn will help keep defenses honest and spread out. This helps every other high-impact fantasy player on that Lions’ roster. Calvin Johnson is going to scoop up 100 receptions, and both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush could pull in 50+ receptions a piece… 60-70 could be going to Golden Tate, which makes Ebron more of a touchdown threat than anything as a rookie. Don’t get me wrong, on occasion he could very well look the part of an up-and-coming elite tight end, I just think he is going to need a year to get settle before we all can start expecting top 5 fantasy football tight end numbers. As said above, his presence alone is going to help every high-impact fantasy player around him, and at 6-4, 250 pounds, his dynasty value is unreal!