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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:02:45 -0700
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. "And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like," Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.
Fantasy Tip: The player to emerge as the starter will be a decent RB2 or flex fantasy play, while the loser of the battle will be best used as an RB3/4 in most formats.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:28:18 -0700
Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team's offense will be based on running the football heavily. "I'm going to stand back and let this competition develop and may the best man win, but our offense is gonna be predicated on running the football and being physical in the run game also," Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "You can't just ask both quarterbacks to stand back there and throw the ball 35, 40 times a game."
Fantasy Tip: New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme should fit well with Ben Tate's abilities. Tate, who is expected to be the workhorse back for the team, won't come cheaply in drafts this year as a result.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:35:37 -0700
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Terrance West and Dion Lewis will be amongst a running back committee, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys... you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there."
Fantasy Tip: Tate should see the lion's share of the workload, but West has vaulted himself into RB3 or RB4 material. He could be leaned on heavily as the season wears on. Lewis doesn't figure into the fantasy equation much unless there's an injury.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:28:39 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate is not worried about a possible batting for playing time with RB Terrance West. "Truthfully, I don't look at it like that," Tate said. "You guys may see it like that, but there's nobody in that room that scares me. I'm just honest." Tate expects to have a breakout year in the team's zone-blocking scheme under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Fantasy Tip: Tate will be a popular fantasy football commodity this year and perhaps may be a bit overvalued. The news about Terrance West taking first-team snaps is probably a bit overblown since Tate is sitting out because he's nicked up. If Tate is healthy, nobody should compete with him for the majority of touches. Staying healthy, however, may be Tate's biggest challenge in 2014.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:33:25 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West said he expects to compete with RB Ben Tate for the starting running back job during training camp. "That's what I'm here to do," West said. "I want to play. I want to be the starter, and I'm going to practice like a starter."
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:38:58 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (undisclosed) is nicked up at minicamp this week but took repetitions when he was able to, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: Tate's ability to stay healthy as the main back will surely be tested this year as Cleveland's clear-cut No. 1 rusher. This probably isn't a huge deal so early in the offseason unless it leads to missed practices.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:08:32 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West has been getting reps with the first-team offense in practice, and he has shown power through the first level and quickness when eluding defenders. He is expected to play a major role for the team offensively. RB Chris Ogbonnaya has also taken reps with the first team while the team takes it slow with RB Ben Tate.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the fact that Tate landed in one of the best spots for his game, his sketchy history when given the chance at lead-back duties, as well as some bouts with injury, make West a clear choice as an RB4 with weekly flex potential at minimum. Tate is a risky RB2.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:33:52 -0700
The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) to a two-year deal worth $7 million.
Fantasy Tip: Tate represents a huge upgrade over what the Browns used at running back last season. He's coming off a year where he rushed for 771 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. However, his biggest problem has been remaining healthy - he ended the 2013 campaign on injured reserve after battling cracked ribs for much of the season.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:43:36 -0700
The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) as long as he is able to pass his physical.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:54:50 -0700
The Cleveland Browns are working on trying to reach an agreement with free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans).
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:38:50 -0700
The Cleveland Browns continue to meet with free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) Friday, March 14.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:58:44 -0700
The Cleveland Browns are meeting with free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) Thursday, March 13. The team was scheduled to meet with Tate Wednesday, March 12, but it was pushed back because of inclement weather.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:03:25 -0700
The Miami Dolphins have shown lukewarm interest in free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) at this point.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:04:14 -0700
The Cleveland Browns are visiting with free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) Wednesday, March 12.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:09 -0700
The Cleveland Browns could pursue free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans), as he is familiar with the system run by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:12:19 -0800
The Tennessee Titans could express some interest in free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) and RB Donald Brown (Colts) this offseason.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:15:33 -0800
Houston Texans impending free agent RB Ben Tate said he is ready to become an elite running back for his next team. "I think I can bring you an elite running back," Tate said. "I've learned a lot being behind Arian. Definitely, when I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself, and guys will be able to see that I am a guy who is a top-five running back in this league, which I believe once I get out there and get to show that on a consistent basis.
"That's something I'm more excited for and something that I'm working hard this offseason just to prove my worth, that I am that person or that player that I think I am."
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:58:38 -0800
The New York Jets are interested in free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans).
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:11:08 -0800
The New York Jets are expected to show interest in Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Donald Brown and Houston Texans impending free-agent RB Ben Tate this offseason.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:18:13 -0800
The Cleveland Browns are interested in landing impending free-agent Houston Texans RB Ben Tate in free agency this offseason, especially if they hire former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Tate would be in the same offensive system if that were the case.
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:15:08 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, doesn't expect to return to the Texans in 2014. Tate confirmed it by saying he "probably" won't be back but added, "you never know." Tate wants a chance to sign with a different team where he can become the starting running back.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:39:42 -0800
The Cleveland Browns are one team likely to be interested in Houston Texans RB Ben Tate, who is scheduled to be a free agent, this offseason.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:01:52 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was put on the Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 18, after suffering his fifth cracked rib. However, Tate tweeted that he doesn't have a cracked rib but instead re-injured his other ribs that hadn't healed. RB Dennis Johnson will start in Tate's place with RB Deji Karim serving as his backup.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:57:40 -0800
The Houston Texans have placed RB Ben Tate (ribs) on Injured Reserve.
Fantasy Tip: Dennis Johnson likely will start the final two games of the season with Tate out. Johnson could be considered a No. 2 running back or flex option for owners in deeper leagues. He likely will be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues than in standard leagues.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:51:11 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) underwent a CAT scan on the four injured ribs he has been playing with. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Tate got banged up during the team's Week 15 game.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:19:50 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 13, but is probable for Week 15.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:46:22 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:54:15 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Tip: Tate has had plenty of time to recover from the Thursday night game last week, and his ribs haven't posed as much of an issue in the last several games. He continues to be the main back for workload purposes in Houston. Consider him an RB2 this weekend.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:56:20 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, and is probable for Week 14.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:28:08 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Fantasy Tip: Tate's 100-yard performance, his first since 2011, last weekend proved he's getting past his cracked ribs. He admitted he felt much better after the Week 13 game, too. Tate is a solid RB2 again this weekend going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:39:07 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ankle, ribs) did not participate in practice Monday, Dec. 2. The Texans did not practice Monday and this is an estimation.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:00:31 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as probable for Week 13.
Fantasy Tip: Ben Tate is expected to remain as the team's starting running back and should be considered a No. 3 running back or flex option this week.
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:53:52 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 28.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:20:26 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:52:49 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Ben Tate (ribs) will remain the team's starting running back even though RB Dennis Johnson rushed for more yards in the team's Week 12 game. Tate rushed for one yard on seven carries while Johnson rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries.
Fantasy Tip: Tate likely will be a risky play while he is dealing with his injured ribs because he probably will be limited by the injury. Johnson likely will be at least a flex option most weeks.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 05:05:57 -0800
Houston Texans RB Dennis Johnson rushed 13 times for a season-high 74 yards in Week 12. RB Ben Tate had just seven carries for one yard, and the team liked the way Johnson looked running the ball. "We had planned on playing DJ (Johnson) some, but when he went in and he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more," head coach Gary Kubiak said.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:41:08 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ankle, ribs, toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 22, and is listed as probable for Week 12.
Fantasy Tip: Tate should be able to play this week despite his multiple injuries. He should be considered a No. 2 running back for most fantasy owners.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:54:43 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ankle, ribs, toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:59:37 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs, ankle, toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Fantasy Tip: This is as good a week as any to roll with Tate as your RB2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's a solid bet that he'll make his way into the endzone.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:32:32 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 15, but is probable for Week 11.
Fantasy Tip: Houston will try to keep Tate fresh for the rest of the season since he's the lead back with Arian Foster (back) done for the year. With the majority of the workload and a nice matchup against the Oakland Raiders this weekend, think of Tate as your RB2.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:47:39 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 14.
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:47:18 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) saw a limited role in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Wednesday, Nov. 13, that the team was trying to keep Tate fresh for third downs with the Cardinals blitzing frequently.
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:48:14 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:44:28 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) said he's improving while playing through four broken ribs. He ran for 56 yards on 15 carries in the team's Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but wanted the ball more. "It's easier," he said. "I felt like I could move a little better, catch better and have a little more wiggle. Hopefully, it's getting better and better."
Fantasy Tip: Tate is an RB3 or flex now that Arian Foster (back) will miss the rest of the season. Have Dennis Johnson or Deji Karim handy should Tate's ribs suffer a setback.
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 06:35:15 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate may be playing for a contract the rest of the 2013 season. The Texans may not be able to afford both RB Arian Foster and Tate, whose contract expires after this season.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:18:38 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is listed as probable for Week 8.
Fantasy Tip: Tate probably will get most of the work at running back as long as he is able to play with the injury. He should be seen as a No. 2 running back or a flex option. Dennis Johnson could be a flex option in deeper leagues because he will play when Tate needs a break.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:56:37 -0800
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back, hamstring) is reportedly dealing with a disc problem in his back. He'll receive treatment from a specialist in hopes of avoiding season-ending surgery.
Fantasy Tip: This isn't what you want to hear if you're a Foster owner. He dealt with a disc problem this preseason, but was able to recover from it. This time around, it appears to be more serious. Cover your bases with RB depth if you own him. Ben Tate and some combination of Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim will fill in in the meantime.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:19:26 -0800
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back, hamstring) missed his third straight practice Friday, Nov. 8, and has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Foster has seen multiple specialists for his back injury, but there is no timetable for his recovery. RB Ben Tate will start and is expected to see the bulk of the workload. RB Dennis Johnson is expected to spell Tate, and Houston is leaning toward using RB Deji Karim as the third running back.
Fantasy Tip: Tate should be in your lineup if you own him. Consider him an RB2 or flex. Johnson looked solid in tandem with Tate last week but should only be used as a flex in cavernous formats.
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:09:22 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like Tate has a good chance to play Week 10 and probably would be the starting running back because of the injury to Arian Foster. Tate should be considered a No. 2 running back or a flex option if he starts. Dennis Johnson could be an option in very deep leagues because he could get some playing time during the game.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:57:26 -0800
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Fantasy Tip: Tate is expected to play despite being sore after Week 9. Arian Foster (back, hamstring) continues to be limited with multiple injuries, so Tate should again be considered as a flex play if Foster isn't playing.