Fantasy Football: Can You Trust Sidney Rice and Golden Tate?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 17, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Sidney Rice #18 celebrates scoring the game-tying touchdown with Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate each have six touchdowns heading into the bye. In the past three games, Rice has scored four touchdowns. Tate has scored three touchdowns over the same stretch while adding a touchdown pass, which happened to go to Rice.

But can you trust them for your fantasy team?

Rice is easier to trust. Not only does he have more yards (475 to 334), he at least has the 2009 season (1312 yards, eight touchdowns) on his resume. Brett Favre made Rice a star that year. While Russell Wilson won't take him to that same level, a double-digit touchdown season would not be out of reach. Every 8.15 receptions Rice has had throughout his career have gone for a touchdown.

Rice is 6'4" with good leaping ability and body control. He has a knack for going up and getting the ball. That is very impressive considering what he has had to work with other than Favre's magical season.

Rice's biggest issue has been his inability to stay healthy. He has missed 29 games in his six-year career. If he can stay healthy, he should remain a decent fantasy play.

Unfortunately, he is averaging just 47.5 yards per game so unless he scores, you're not getting a great game from Rice. He has five touchdowns in his past five games, but is only averaging 55.2 yards per game during the stretch. Rice has only topped 55 yards in two of ten games, and his season high is 81 yards.

Meanwhile, Tate is averaging just 33.4 yards per game.

His touchdowns have been his fantasy salvation because his season high in receiving yards is 68, and 24 of those yards came on a bad call that should have been an interception. Tate has just one other game with more than 52 yards.

Tate is just 5'10", but he's a playmaker. He just doesn't get enough touches to be a consistent threat. In three years and 36 games, Tate has just 943 yards.

The Seahawks have a few solid matchups coming up. They face the Miami Dolphins coming out of the bye, which should help the duos' cause.

The Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals follow and present more difficult challenges.

In Week 15 they take on the Buffalo Bills, which could be favorable. At least it's in a dome (in Toronto) so weather won't be an issue.

The San Francisco 49ers make for a tough matchup in Week 16.

Two out of his five matchups look solid. Of course, if you look at Russell Wilson's splits, you may be singing a different tune.

At home, Wilson has thrown 11 touchdowns without an interception. On the road, Wilson has thrown four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Both the Dolphins and Bills game are on the road. That presents an issue.

Going forward I would consider Rice a borderline WR3. His ability to score touchdowns should at least give him consideration when you're setting your fantasy lineups.

Tate, unfortunately, is a WR4 at best. He may end up with a nice game, but it's a risk I wouldn't take.

What are your thoughts on this duo?

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