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Seattle Seahawks wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate each have six touchdowns heading into the bye. In the past three games Rice has scored four touchdowns. Tate has scored three touchdowns over the same stretch while adding a touchdown pass, which happened to go to Rice.
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Can you trust them for your fantasy team?
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Rice is easier to trust. Not only does he have more yards (475 to 334), he at least has the 2009 season (1312 yards, eight touchdowns) on his resume. Brett Favre made Rice a star that year. While Russell Wilson won’t take him to that same level, a double-digit touchdown season would not be out of reach. Every 8.15 receptions Rice has had throughout his career have gone for a touchdown.
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Rice is 6’4″ with good leaping ability and body control. He has a knack for going up and getting the ball.
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That is very impressive considering what he has had to work with other than Favre’s magical season.
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Rice’s biggest issue has been his inability to stay healthy. He has missed 29 games in his six-year career. If he can stay healthy, he should remain a decent fantasy play.
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Unfortunately he is averaging just 47.5 yards per game so unless he scores, you’re not getting a great game from Rice. He has five touchdowns in his past five games, but is only averaging 55.2 yards per game during the stretch.
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Rice has only topped 55 yards in two of ten games, and his season high is 81 yards.
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Meanwhile Tate is averaging just 33.4 yards per game. His touchdowns have been his fantasy salvation because his season high in receiving yards is 68, and 24 of those yards came on a bad call that should have been an interception. Tate has just one other game with more than 52 yards.
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Tate is just 5’10″, but he’s a playmaker. He just doesn’t get enough touches to be a consistent threat. In three years and 36 games Tate has just 943 yards.
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The Seahawks have a few solid matchups coming up. They face the Miami Dolphins coming out of the bye, which should help the duos’ cause.
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The Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals follow and present more difficult challenges.
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In Week 15 they take on the Buffalo Bills, which could be favorable. At least it’s in a dome (in Toronto) so weather won’t be an issue.
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The San Francisco 49ers make for a tough matchup in Week 16.
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Two out of his five matchups look solid. Of course, if you look at Russell Wilson’s splits, you may be singing a different tune.
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At home Wilson has thrown 11 touchdowns without an interception. On the road Wilson has thrown four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Both the Dolphins and Bills game are on the road. That presents an issue.
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Going forward I would consider Rice a borderline WR3. His ability to score touchdowns should at least give him consideration when you’re setting your fantasy lineups.
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Tate, unfortunately, is a WR4 at best. He may end up with a nice game, but it’s a risk I wouldn’t take.
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What are your thoughts on this duo?
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Golden Tate was in the news recently. Thankfully it wasn’t for getting arrested or anything like that. It wasn’t anything overly offensive either. He tweeted about Jimmie Johnson’s ESPY nominee for Male Athlete of the Year saying “Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.” He went on to say a few more things, but backed off when NASCAR fines fired back.
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In the grand scheme of things, and in the wake of James Harrison’s comments, this was nothing. It’s just kind of funny because Golden Tate is coming off a disappointing rookie season that saw him catch a mere 21 passes for 227 yards in 11 games. I know that production does not always equal your athleticism, but I would think a player who did so little would keep his mouth shut. Then again, nobody is talking about him because of his lack of production so it’s a good way to make sure you’re not forgotten.
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When your high water mark for yardage comes in Week Two, and it’s only 52 yards on one catch at that, it’s easy to be forgotten.  When you don’t top 36 yards again and finish with just four games over 30 yards, it’s easy to be forgotten. When Big Mike Williams comes out of nowhere to put up a monster season, it’s easy to be forgotten.
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He was just a rookie though. He admitted that he had some issues with his route running. He admitted that he made plenty of rookie mistakes. He is working to improve in the mental aspect of the game. It would have been nice for Tate to have the OTAs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be better prepared in season two. Coach Pete Carroll remains a supporter, which is an important thing in Golden’s development.
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Tate is going to get every chance to become the Seahawks’ slot receiver. With his speed and athleticism, he can become a nice sleeper option in 2011. If you draft early he could go undrafted. If he blows up in the preseason, he’ll start climbing the draft boards in a hurry. There are certainly worse options to have as your WR4 or WR5.
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What’s your take on Golden Tate?

I expect Pete Carroll to be successful with the Seahawks…eventually. They just don’t have the pieces in place for it to happen right away.

 

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:   Difficult
The Seahawks take on the Niners in San Francisco in Week 14. Then they play the Falcons at home. They have a nice match-up against Tampa Bay in Week 16, but it’s on the road. Plus, how many Seahawks are you going to rely on in the fantasy championship.

 

Five Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Four Star Fantasy Options
John Carlson – Somebody has to catch the ball. Carlson has been effective despite the Seahawks struggles, averaging 53 catches for 600 yards and 6 TDs the past two seasons.

 

Three Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Two Star Fantasy Options
Justin Forsett – For now, Forsett is probably the best option. If Leon Washington is healthy or Marshawn Lynch is acquired, you can all but write Forsett off. Until then, he’s the best option they have in the running game. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield. Very quick and elusive.

 

T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Housh had a choice between the Seahawks and the Vikings last year. I wonder if he’d still go for the money if he could do it over again. He has good hands and size so he’ll have some moments. He’s just not in a good situation. He is playing with either an old or an inexperienced QB. There isn’t much of a running game to keep defenses honest. There aren’t a lot of other receivers to keep defenses from keying in on him.

 

Golden Tate – As long as he isn’t too tempted by late night snack runs, Tate should have some moments along the way, but consistency will be an issue.

 

Seahawks Defense/Special Teams – If Washington returns to form, the Seahawks will have a strong return game. Their defense should improve with rookie Earl Thomas’ arrival.

 

One Star Fantasy Options
Matt Hasselbeck – He’s old. He can’t stay healthy. He has very few options in the passing game. If you’re taking Hasselbeck as your QB2, you may be drafting the name.

 

Charlie Whitehurst – He’s going to get his snaps so Carroll can see what he has. It’s hard to gauge a QB that has never taken a snap at this level. When you have a bad line, non-existent running game, and limited options at WR, you can’t get too excited over his prospects.

 

Julius Jones & Leon Washington – Jones bores me to tears while Washington must prove his back from a horrific leg injury. Jones will have a few solid games if he gets 15-20 carries, but they will be few and far between. Forsett’s skill set is similar to Washington, which could limit his fantasy impact.

 

Deon Butler – Butler has good speed, but will likely be fighting for crumbs after Carlson, Housh, and Tate have been fed.

 

Half Star Fantasy Options
Louis Rankin & Quinton Ganther – Since the Seahawks’ RB situation is so cloudy, this duo should at least be mentioned. They could get meaningful carries at some point of the season. That said, You surely don’t need to draft them unless they ascend up the depth charts (unlikely) during Training Camp.

 

Deion Branch – Branch has had too many injuries to be a factor any more.

 

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