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Many pundits expected the Philadelphia Eagles to retake the NFC East after trading for wide receiver Golden Tate. Unfortunately, it's become abundantly clear that trading for the dynamic receiver has completely blown up in their face.

The Eagles lost their most important game of the season to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon and Tate was nearly invisible. In fact, the nine-year veteran wideout logged just one reception for seven yards while playing on 20-of-52 offensive snaps.

Trading for Tate clearly hasn't panned out as the Eagles expected, especially after Sunday's performance. Yet, what's worse is that the trade has pretty much made him irrelevant for all of his fantasy owners.

Tate has been a far cry from the receiver who was on pace to post his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season, logging just 19 catches for 189 receiving yards and just one touchdown in the five games he has been with the Eagles. 

With tough matchups against the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins remaining on Philly's schedule, Tate should be avoided in all scoring formats. Starting him would be a significant risk now that the fantasy playoffs are in full swing.

As for his future with the Eagles, it doesn't seem likely he would re-sign with a team he hasn't succeeded with, meaning he'll probably be a disappointing rental for a valuable third-round pick. 

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