Aug 9, 2012
After a disappointing first two seasons with the New England Patriots, wide receiver Brandon Tate signed wit the Bengals on September 4 ,2011 and spent the entire season relegated to a backup WR and punt returner.
2012 appears to be a fresh start for Tate, a former star at the University of North Carolina, as he is currently listed as the number two receiver opposite of AJ Green. Jerome Simpson’s departure to Minnesota has opened the door for Tate to become another deep threat for Andy Dalton.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, Tate has been a nice surprise for the Bengals this training camp. Burke writes: “Tate’s ascension up the depth chart isn’t so much a surprise as it is something worth taking note of (especially for you fantasy players out there). Green quickly established himself as a superstar during his rookie season, but Cincinnati has spent the past several months trying to find him a complementary piece. Tate appears to have the edge on guys like Armon Binns, Mohamed Sanu and others … at least for now”
We recommend targeting Tate in the final few rounds of fantasy drafts this fall, as he could be a nice sleeper WR in 12 team leagues.