Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate received fantasy points for catching two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers, but due to the extraordinary circumstances regarding his performance, he does not warrant any consideration as a viable fantasy football option.
At first glance, Tate may seem like a player worth a spot on fantasy owners' rosters. He is leading the Seahawks in both receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per catch.
He led all pass-catchers in the Monday night game with 68 yards and caught the only two touchdown passes of the game.
However, it is abundantly clear that the replacement officials made multiple egregious errors on the final play of the game that resulted in a game-winning 24-yard touchdown catch by the third-year wideout. Tate should have been flagged for a blatant pass-interference penalty, and Packers safety M.D. Jennings obviously intercepted the pass.
Even if the NFL does not mercifully end the referee lockout soon, it is still unlikely that the woefully underqualified refs currently calling games will gift another touchdown to Tate. Going forward, he will have to earn his production, and his past performances suggest that he will not be producing at a high level.
Leading up to the play that has caused so much outrage and controversy, Tate had been targeted by quarterback Russell Wilson six times and had only managed to pull in two receptions.
His first catch was a 41-yard touchdown reception, and his second was a three-yard grab in the middle of the field.
Prior to this game, Tate had just three touchdown catches in his first two years in the NFL. In a combined 27 games in his career, he has just 609 yards and 56 catches.
With a new quarterback this year in Wilson, it is possible Tate will be more productive. However, the Seahawks offense is built around running back Marshawn Lynch and currently ranks dead last in the league with just 127.7 passing yards per game, making it unlikely that any of the team’s receivers will be a viable fantasy option.
Ultimately, if the referees had not made one of the worst officiating errors in NFL history, Tate would have ended the game with just two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. He does not play for a team that focuses on the passing game, and this will almost certainly be his only multi-touchdown game of the season.
Tate was extremely lucky to have the referees make such an atrocious error in his favor. Fantasy owners should not count on him being so fortunate going forward, and he should not be considered as a player who will have any fantasy value.