My apologies for my immature article title, but the adolescent in me still likes to add the word "master" in front of anyone with the last name Tate.
My lame joke aside, I can't keep quiet about this guy anymore. He's very good and on the verge of great, that's right, I'm talking about my man B. Tate!
The B. Tate I'm referring to isn't the over-hyped running back for the Texans who blew out his knee or broke an ankle or whatever it was...it's not important, he's out for the year.
The B. Tate we're talking about today is Brandon Tate. As pop culture icon, Nicole "Snookie" Polizzi would say, "He's like my favorite sleeper this year!"...FIST PUMP!
Are you late to the Boston Tate party (plenty more where that came from!)? Don't know who he is? Well you know what they say...he who hesitates, Brandon Tates! They're not saying that yet, but they will.
Let me get you hip to the game. Before last year's draft, Tate was regarded higher than fellow North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and you've all heard of Nicks.
Last year Tate was kept off the field with injuries, but this year he's healthy and starting alongside Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
Now what if there were a player that's more talented than Nicks and playing on a better offense with a better QB, don't you think you'd be interested in a guy like that?
I certainly am and I want Tate on every team I have this year!
What's even more beautiful than J-Woww's twins, is that you can load up on Tate as he won't cost you anything. Usually, I'm getting him in the 13th through 17th rounds of my drafts (12 team drafts) and also in my dynasty leagues.
Everyone is looking for this year's Miles Austin and Tate is a great candidate for that nomination. Talented...check! Healthy...check! Plays in a great offense...check! Finally getting an opportunity...check! If it walks like the next Miles Austin, talks like the next Miles Austin, and wears the same number as Miles Austin, then dag-nabbit, he just might be the next Miles Austin!
Even before Torry Holt went down to his knee injury, Tate was the front-runner for the other starting receiver job and if he continues to hold off rookie Taylor Price, then Tate could go down as one of the steals this year.
Thankfully, Tate didn't fully blow his cover tonight. He had 181 total yards, but only 17 of those were in the passing game. So unless you're in leagues where you get a lot of points for return yardage (bush leagues as I like to call them), then you're still ahead of the game on Tate.
Once the regular season starts, I fully expect Tate to be the guy that everyone will race for once they go Situation and realize that Tate is a "grenade"—as in a dude that is set to blow up this year.
Do yourself a favor. Take Tate with your last pick this weekend and watch with pure satisfaction when the other owners in your league kick their own ass once they realize that such an obvious breakout player has escaped their grasps.
Once my draft hits the later rounds, I'll be thinking "GTL baby!" No not Gym, Tan, Laundry, but GET TATE LATE!