With the Percy Harvin injury, Tate is the front runner for receiving targets in the Russell Wilson led passing attack.
In his 4th year, Tate is climbing the ladder slowly in his quest for recognition. Last year he reached his career high stats with 45 catches for 688 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Similarly, QB Russell Wilson improved immensely after the first five weeks of the season, and should see a rise in his numbers as Wilson matures and the number of targets increase as well.
The electrical energy is remarkable, but keep in mind – the Seahawks are a run first offense, and Tate has more work to do before he reaches star status. Tate had four catches on seven targets for 51 yards Sunday against the Panthers. Tate ended second on the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards, even though there were six players with at least 30 receiving yards.
I still think Tate remains a solid pass-catching option for Russell Wilson, even if the quarterback continues to spread the ball around, Tate has an uncanny ability to make a big play. There is no denying this.
Currently I see him as a second flex or third wide receiver option in most fantasy leagues. But watch out – all it takes is one big play and things can escalate quickly for the gifted wideout.Things could change however if Percy Harvin (hip) is able to return mid-season, as has been whispered recently.
Moving into Week 2, Tate is clearly the Seahawks most reliable fantasy receiver option against a stout San Francisco defense.
I project 12 points for the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish receiver.