Smitty’s Take: Lions wide receiver Golden Tate recently commented on wide receiver Kenny Golladay, stating that he think Golladay “can be dominant.”
“He’s a WR1 kind of guy.” said Tate. “I saw freakish catches, man — some real freakin’ freakish catches. Kenny’s still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he’s moving at a great pace.” He was on our Bold Predictions list last year and for good reason. Our Bold Prediction Last Season:
(Posted Last Year: 8/9/2017) Kenny Golladay is not a huge name in fantasy football – yet. I think that will soon change, and it might happen way too quickly. The 2017 rookie receiver is fighting for the Lions’ WR3 job, but he’s already making some noise and looking like a red zone monster. He is 6-4, 213 pounds, but he moves a lot like a faster AJ Green. I’m not saying he is as good as AJ Green just yet, I’m merely drawing a playing style comparison... I think this kid screams elite. In his two seasons at Northern Illinois, he posted the following lines: 73/1129/11TDs in 2015, and then 87/1156/10TDs in 2016 (with 192 rushing yards). In the pros, I eventually see him posting similar numbers, folks. I think this is a double-digit touchdown receiver right here, he just needs a shot and he should have that shot in Detroit!
At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, and with 4.5 speed, freakish is the best, and most respectable, way to describe him. Get some Kenny Golladay shares this year — his stock could explode. Matthew Stafford should have a nice season in 2018; he has some of the most underrated receivers in Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay. Mix in a three-down capable rookie rusher in Kerryon Johnson, the Lions could have one of those tough-to-beat seasons.