Golden Tate Fantasy Football Value Shines Through With Big Game in Thursday's Loss to Patriots

Jason Schandl
New York Giants v New England Patriots
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The New York Giants' offense was incredibly thin in Thursday's showdown with the New England Patriots, and Golden Tate was one of their only healthy pass-catchers. While the game didn't go well for Giants, losing 35-14, it did bode well for anyone who started Tate in fantasy football.

In just his second game back from suspension, the Giants' de facto No. 1 WR for the week turned nine targets into six receptions, 102 yards and one touchdown.

Nine targets may not seem like a huge total, considering the G-Men were playing from behind for most of the game, but Daniel Jones only attempted 31 passes, giving Tate a 29 percent market share. His six receptions were also good for an especially hefty 40 percent share of Jones' 15 completions.

Week 6 provided an unusual set of circumstances for Tate as he was playing with very little competition for targets, but against one of the toughest defensive matchups in fantasy. Weighing in both of those factors, there's a lot of room for optimism for the wideout moving forward.

After six targets in Week 5 and the breakout game in Week 6, Tate's fantasy value is clearly on the upswing. While you probably aren't going to be able to acquire Tate on the cheap anymore, if his owner is trying to use this as a "sell-high" window, then it might be worth trying to buy.

And if he's already on your team, you can feel confident starting the Giants' WR in Week 7 when he draws a terrific matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

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