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Despite his shortcomings as a NFL quarterback, Matthew Stafford has been a good fantasy football option in recent years. His stock should be on the rise after the first week of free agency.
Normally adding one non-elite player shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but that is not the case for Stafford and the Lions.
Receiver Golden Tate made his way over from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, inking a five-year, $31 million deal to combine powers with Calvin Johnson in a pass-heavy offense, per Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Over the last two seasons in Seattle, Tate has been a part of an offense that ran the ball 52 and 55 percent of the time, respectively. That’s a big change over his first two seasons in Seattle when the offense passed it 56 and 60 percent of the time, respectively.
Yet Tate has seen his catches and yards increase every year, despite the fact the Seahawks offense has steadily gone away from the pass since his arrival in 2010.
That should bode well for the Lions. Tate is coming off a career-high 64 catches for 898 yards.
For the first time since Megatron graced us with his presence in the NFL, the Lions have a bona fide No. 2 receiver, unless Roy Williams counts. Kris Durham was Stafford’s No. 2 target last season, and he dropped 12 percent of his targets, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Tate spent the first four years of his career in Seattle, where he got off to a slow start but steadily improved each season.
Tate was the top receiver in a run-first offense last year, and he had his share of big moments for the champion Seahawks. The best part about the deal might be that Tate is a mere 26 years old, about to head into his prime.
As far as Stafford’s fantasy stock goes, having someone reliable to throw to besides Johnson will do wonders for him and the offense.