Can You Trust Sidney Rice and Golden Tate?

Nov 17, 2012


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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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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Richardfg7
    November 19th, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Are you kidding me? I don’t play fantasy ball but if I did they would be my guys. Reason #1 they don’t drop passes. Sure everybody has so don’t give me the , “what about the time…” It’s just not what they do. You get it there ,they will catch it. Doug Baldwin Too. If the Hawks need a ball dropped they send in Braylon Edwards. But Pete Carroll is old school and you just don’t play if you drop passes. Ask Braylon. Reason #2 , Russell Wilson. Nuff said on #2.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 19th, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Like the passion, but that isn’t reason enough to play Tate for fantasy teams. He doesn’t get enough touches. He’s a great NFL player, but not a great fantasy option.

  3. Scott
    November 20th, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I agree with your assessment. I have Marshall, Wayne, and Rice on my fantasy team, and Rice has been a decent flex option each week. I decide between him and a RB depending on matchup. It’s certainly been nice to see Rice and Wilson getting more in sync as the year progresses.

  4. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Nice squad

  5. Mike
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Pretty much spot on. I picked up Rice in both of my leagues and he’s produced as of late in the flex, but I personally can’t trust Tate. Perhaps it’s his post game comments on his “great catch” against GB.

    This week I’m finally pulling the trigger on Fitzgerald and starting Rice at WR2. It’s a shame Larry is on such a bad squad, we’re missing the opportunity to see what he’s really capable of. Nice website, too!

  6. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks Mike. I too wish Fitz had an actual NFL QB. It’s a shame he’s being wasted.

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