Golden Tate Fantasy Outlook Improves With Daniel Jones at QB Ahead of Week 5 Return

Jason Schandl
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The New York Giants may have been dealt a serious blow losing Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury in Week 3, but the big story of the week was the debut of Daniel Jones.

Jones dazzled, giving new life to what looked like one of the least exciting offenses in the NFL with Eli Manning at the helm to start the year. That means Golden Tate could find himself returning to a much more favorable position than it seemed like he would before the season.

When Will Golden Tate Play Again?

Tate is set to make his return in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings. He's suspended for the first four weeks of the season after taking a banned fertility drug in the offseason, and while he was banged up with a concussion in the preseason, he had already returned to practice in August.

A newcomer to the Giants' offense, it remains to be seen what role Tate will play. There's a good chance he soaks up a significant amount of volume though, potentially cutting into Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram's fantasy football value.

Tate has not seen fewer than 113 targets in a season since 2013, and the Giants gave him a deal with over $20 million in guaranteed money — an indication that they plan on featuring him in their offense.

Tate tends to do almost all of his work in the short-passing game, finishing near the bottom of the NFL in average depth of target most seasons. With Engram's 5.6-yard average target depth and Shepard's 8.2-yard mark, they could both be hurt by Tate returning, though we could also see their downfield usage increase to make up for it.

It will probably take a couple of games for the Giants' passing game to get sorted out and a clear pattern in volume to emerge. Plus, Tate's first game back comes in a brutal matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. So, while he may not be worth a start until Week 6, Tate is still positioned to play a significant role. Fantasy football players would be wise to act early and grab him off the waiver wire now, while his suspension still leaves him available in most leagues.

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