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Tate caught 6-of-9 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Tate took an intermediate pass for a 51-yard touchdown on the Lions' first drive, but he then produced modest numbers for the rest of the game. While undoubtedly one of the top acquisitions last offseason, Tate may have trouble repeating his 99-1,331-4 receiving line, as his production spiked in games that Calvin Johnson missed. Of course, the 29-year-old Johnson has dealt with more than his fair share of nagging injuries over the last few years, so it's entirely possible the same thing could happen in 2015. Tate will turn 27 in August, and he's missed just one game over the last four seasons.

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Tate had three catches on five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Green Bay.

Tate actually led Detroit in receiving yards, but Calvin Johnson was the one that scored, catching a pair of touchdowns. Since Johnson has gotten healthier from his previous ankle injury, Tate hasn't produced as much, failing to to go over 100 yards in seven straight games, while recording just one touchdown during that span. He's still been fairly productive during that period though, catching 33 passes, so he's not a terrible option for those still participating in playoff leagues. If you are considering him for the playoffs, note that he'll face the Cowboys in Dallas this weekend.

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Tate had six catches on 10 targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 20-14 win over the Bears.

Tate has now failed to reach the 100-yard mark for six consecutive games, and he's got only one touchdown over that span. He remains the No. 2 wideout option behind Calvin Johnson, and while he gets plenty of balls thrown his way, depending on receiving yards alone isn't enough for most fantasy owners. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Packers at Lambeau Field, with the winner taking home the NFC North crown. Tate had five catches on seven targets for 51 yards against Green Bay in Week 3.

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Tate caught 7-of-7 targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Vikings. He also had two rushes for five yards.

Tate didn't do much on a per-play basis, but performed well in PPR formats, while scoring Detroit's lone touchdown. He'll look to continue his strong season next week at Chicago, which has been awful against the pass lately.

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Tate was targeted five times in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers, finishing with four catches for 50 yards.

The Lions' passing attack is back to being the Calvin Johnson Show, and Tate was a bit of an afterthought for Matthew Stafford. The five targets were Tate's second-lowest number of the season, but he has shown over the last month that he can still be a big contributor even when Johnson is healthy, so there's a good chance Tate will be more involved next week against the Vikings.

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Tate caught eight passes on 10 targets for 89 yards in Thursday's 34-17 win over the Bears.

Teammate Calvin Johnson recorded 11 catches for 146 yards and two TDs in the game, but there was still enough targets to go around Thursday for Tate to put up a solid stat line, particularly in PPR formats. With Johnson healthy again, Tate's upside is capped some, but he's still a candidate to see his share of looks down the stretch, having seen 21 targets over his last two outings.

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Tate (hip) was targeted 11 times in Sunday's 34-9 loss to the Patriots, finishing with four receptions for 97 yards.

After alarmingly receiving just two targets in last week's loss to Arizona, Tate's 11 looks led the team this Sunday. The fact that he managed to be productive despite the continuing offensive struggles for Detroit (no touchdowns in the last eight quarters) is an encouraging sign, and the Lions' soft upcoming schedule should give Tate plenty of opportunities to be successful. Detroit's next three games, all at home, come against teams ranked in the bottom half of the league in points allowed to opposing wide receivers (Bears, Buccaneers, Vikings).

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Tate (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against New England.

Tate is out there if you need him this week, though it's unclear which cornerback he'll see more of Sunday -- Brandon Browner or Darrelle Revis -- with Patriots' plans to try to contain fellow wideout Calvin Johnson uncertain until the game gets going.

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Tate (hip) is probable for Sunday's game against New England.

Tate wasn't listed on the injury report prior to Friday, when he showed up as a limited practice participant. It's not clear whether Tate tweaked the hip during practice Friday or if he has some irritation going into Friday and the Lions decided to rest him a bit. It is in any case a minor issue, as evidenced by his probable designation.

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Tate had just two catches on two targets for 41 yards and added a rush for eight yards in Sunday's 14-6 loss at Arizona.

Tate wasn't involved much, but Matthew Stafford and the entire offense struggled to move the ball. Calvin Johnson received treatment on his elbow after the game, although he downplayed the severity of it. If Johnson were forced to miss action, Tate would obviously get a boost in value.