Brandon Tate: What is His Fantasy Football Value After Randy Moss Trade?

Old AccountSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26:  Brandon Tate #19 of the New England Patriots returns a punt in the first half against the St. Louis Rams on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The biggest fantasy question today is the stock of New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate following Randy Moss getting sent to Minnesota for a third-round pick.

Tate is expected to become the second wide receiver on the Patriots depth chart, behind Wes Welker.

Many fantasy owners across the country, especially in deep leagues, are wondering whether to sign Tate. After all, in most standard website leagues (ESPN, Yahoo, etc.), Tate was owned by less than five percent of owners before the Moss deal.

In most leagues, there is always a need for wide receiver depth. The 2010 season has been disappointing thus far for receivers such as Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who some owners used first round selections to take.

Each year, there are always sleeper wide receivers. Can Brandon Tate can be the next sleeper fantasy pickup out there?

For now, just monitor his status. I understand that Tate is going to go fast in most fantasy leagues, and when Sunday comes around, he will be off the waiver wire.

From the positive side, he does move up on the depth chart and should see improved offensive statistics. Also, Tate's ability to be a threat on special teams is also a factor as well.

The reason Tate may be at even more valuable than normal in this Moss deal is because of the Patriots' bye week.

New England is going to have two weeks to tune up the gameplan, and giving Tate the extra time in practice could help him emerge as a top target.

However, I am cautious about having a lot of hope for Tate because of the Patriots' already crowded passing attack.

Julian Edelman is among the young receivers who are getting playing time in the slot, which Brady loves to check down to. But don't forget the Patriots' use of the tight end thus far.

Rookie tight ends Anthony Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are the focal point of the Patriots offense this season, even when Randy Moss was still on the team.

Add Alge Crumpler to the mix, and these three tight ends will be the focus of the passing attack along with Wes Welker.

As ESPN's AFC East blogger Tim Graham mentioned, we may see the possibility of three tight-end sets in the Patriots' new look offense.

I am not jumping on the Brandon Tate bandwagon right now. I am not certain he is going to get enough production that warrants a fantasy spot, especially with the other successful ways the Patriots have found thus far to get points on the board.

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