Golden Tate signed with the New York Giants earlier this month, and while the contract seems to be a bit much, the Giants seem to feel as if they can squeeze more production out of the 30-year-old wide receiver.
With Odell Beckham now out of New York, the Giants made a move to add depth and talent to their receiving corps. They signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal, which created some talk around the fan base. The question now becomes, will he produce with Eli at the helm?
In the last three years, Tate has lead the NFL in YAC. With the Giants offensive game plan based around getting the ball out quick, as well as having a suspect offensive line, Tate might be a perfect fit for the organization. Pat Shurmur’s offense runs a lot of quick crossing routes, which gives Tate ample opportunity to create in the open field. It brings quick, safe throws into the light, without much risk, which is a perfect fit for Tate. While coaching the Vikings, Shurmur helped Sam Bradford set an NFL record with a 71.6 completion percentage.
Tate has been extremely reliable throughout his career, only missing one game from 2013 until now, so there shouldn’t be much worry about his durability.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Tate has a current ADP of 10.10, or the tenth pick in the tenth round. I can’t argue with that, and honestly it may be a little low for a potential WR2. I would take Tate over John Brown, Sterling Shepard, and Dion Lewis. I believe Tate is flying too low under the radar. I believe he can be a low-to-mid WR2 this year. Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger in the late rounds for this very reliable target.
2019 Stat Projection: 81/1,050/7