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Lions Beat: WR Kenny Golladay could break out this year

Monday, June 18, 2018, 12:36pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Kenny Golladay is 6-foot-4. He's listed at 218 pounds. He has 4.5 speed and can jump through the building.

In other words, he looks like a No. 1 receiver. But in this offense, he doesn't have to be a No. 1 receiver. With Marvin Jones and Golden Tate back, he's probably a WR3.

And that's part of what makes him an excellent candidate to become the offense's breakout player of the year.

Fantasy Impact:

Golladay showed flashes last year when he caught 28 passes for 477 yards and 3 touchdowns. But if the offseason program is any indication, he's headed for even bigger things in 2018. He consistently chewed up the first-team defense, especially in the red zone, where he so deftly uses that rangy frame to go up and get passes even the likes of Darius Slay can't get to, according to the story. But fantasy expectations probably still need to be tempered for now because Tate and Jones still have a presence.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

It was just another 90+ reception, 1,000-yard season for Golden Tate in 2017. All four years he’s been with the Lions, Tate has registered over 90 grabs and has eclipsed 1,000 yards in three of those. He scored five times last year, his average since he came to Detroit. Tate corralled at least seven passes in eight contests last year and went over 100 yards three times. Despite his size (5-foot-10 and under 200 pounds), Tate has a knack for staying healthy, missing just one game since 2011.

Fantasy Downside

Tate just turned 30 years old, so you have to wonder if his quickness will start to diminish. With the emergence of Kenny Golladay, it’s expected that Tate will lineup more in the slot, which could hurt the number of targets he sees from Matthew Stafford—last season’s 122 looks were the fewest Tate has seen with the Lions.

2018 Bottom Line

As long as Matthew Stafford remains healthy, something he’s done for seven consecutive seasons, it should be another solid year for Tate. The Lions offense continues to have more success via the air than on the ground, a trait that likely won’t change in 2018. Tate is listed as a top-30 fantasy WR and makes for a value pick in the middle rounds—especially in PPR formats.

2018 Strength of Schedule - DET
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
22
NYJ
20
@SF
30
NE
21
@DAL
29
GB
BYE10
@MIA
18
SEA
6
@MIN
9
@CHI
27
CAR
9
CHI
13
LAR
23
@ARI
3
@BUF
6
MIN
29
@GB

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1ARI1010701210.7027003.5011.421.463/7188.7%
2@NYG425046.250000-2.56.543/6269.4%
3ATL7581118.290000-11.818.863/7090.0%
4@MIN329059.6712002.003.16.152/7074.3%
5CAR548089.600000-4.89.855/6190.2%
6@NO7961713.710000-15.622.646/8156.8%
7BYE--------------
8PIT7860812.290001-6.613.644/7162.0%
9@GB71130916.140000-11.318.335/6851.5%
10CLE6971716.170000-15.721.736/5269.2%
11@CHI3320410.670000-3.26.248/6376.2%
12MIN47081.75213006.502.06.052/5988.1%
13@BAL8690108.620000-6.914.951/6381.0%
14@TB8851910.620000-14.522.556/6882.4%
15CHI3330511.000000-3.36.347/6374.6%
16@CIN314064.670000-1.44.452/6481.3%
17GB71041714.860000-16.423.448/5882.8%
Per game5.7562.690.317.5010.900.311.3800.064.408.1613.9149.44/65.2576.14%
Totals921003512010.90522014.40130.5222.5791/104476.14%