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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:11:43 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the first time since spraining his right knee in the season opener Sept. 7. It means that Tate is likely to return to action in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He's expected to return to the starting lineup, too, despite the solid play of RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in his absence. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said last week. "He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold." Tate was wearing a brace on his knee while doing individual drills Tuesday.
Fantasy Tip: Tate will likely start against the Titans, but there'll still probably be a rotation in the backfield to keep him fresh in his first start back, and Crowell could continue to see goal-line looks. At FantasyScore, Tate will cost you only $4,600 (9.2% of cap), but there are probably better options available.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:35:44 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is expected to return to a starting role when he is healthy enough to play, according to running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery. However, RB Isaiah Crowell seems destined for a bigger role. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," Montgomery said. "He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold."
Fantasy Tip: Tate has been productive in the past in Houston, but he has had a hard time staying healthy during his career. Rookies Terrance West and Crowell have stepped up in Tate's absence, and his fantasy appeal has definitely decreased as a result of the play of the two rookies. The entire backfield picture is a bit muddled right now, and Crowell actually looks to have the most upside at this juncture.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:20:59 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate may not regain his starting job when he returns from his injury because RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have performed well, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said the team is eager to have Tate back on the field.
Fantasy Tip: Tate has missed the last two games because of a knee injury but may be ready to play after the Week 4 bye. Owners will need to see how the touches will be handed out before being confident in using any of the Browns running backs, but Tate's value likely will go down if he shares work with the other running backs.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:41:46 -0700
The Cleveland Browns have declared RB Ben Tate, DL Eric Martin, TE Gerell Robinson, DL Ish Kitchen, WR LaRon Byrd, CB Pierre Desir, DB Robert Nelson inactive for Week 3.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:23 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: Tate should not be considered in FantasyScore in Week 3. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will continue to handle the workload at running back while Tate is out.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:58:34 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Fantasy Tip: Tate is not expected to play in Week 3 and should not be considered in FantasyScore. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will continue to handle the workload at running back while Tate is out.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:15:38 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. Tate was riding a bike on the sidelines during practice.
Fantasy Tip: Tate is not expected to play in Week 3, and should not be used in FantasyScore. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will both continue to handle the workload at running back.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:22:42 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) likely will not be able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will continue to handle the workload at running back. Depending on their prices, both players could be solid options on FantasyScore for Week 3.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:35:07 -0700
The Cleveland Browns have declared LB Barkevious Mingo, RB Ben Tate, DL Ish Kitchen, DL John Hughes, TE Jordan Cameron, WR LaRon Byrd, CB Pierre Desir inactive for Week 2.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:17 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and has been ruled out for Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will share the work at running back Week 2. West costs $4,800 at FantasyScore and Crowell costs $4,000, which makes both players solid options this week.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:32:18 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) will miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain. No surgery is required at this point. RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will fill in for Tate.
Fantasy Tip: West ($4,800 or 9.6% of your cap) is a solid flex option on FantasyScore. Crowell ($4,000; 8%) is a bargain flex option for Week 2.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:01:24 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: We won't have a better idea if Tate can suit up for Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints until later this week. To be safe, avoid him and his FantasyScore price of $5,100 (10.2% of cap). Terrance West ($4,800; 9.6%), who is Tate's backup, may be a decent option if Tate can't play. The Saints gave up over 100 yards on the ground in Week 1. Also, don't forget about Isaiah Crowell ($4,000; 8.0%).
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:02:17 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Sept. 7, and he was unable to return. RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell replaced Tate, with West rushing for 100 yards and Crowell scoring a pair of touchdowns.
Fantasy Tip: If Tate is forced to miss time, Crowell and West could be nice sleepers in FantasyScore heading into Week 2 and beyond after showing well against a solid defense in their NFL debuts.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:27:59 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) suffered a knee injury Week 1 and is considered questionable to return.
Fantasy Tip: Tate has dealt with injuries in the past, but the severity of this injury is not known yet. Owners should monitor the situation to get a better timetable on Tate's injury.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:46:36 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate is expected to stay on the field on third downs, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: This is good news for his PPR value. Tate is a solid RB2, but Brian Hoyer will have to be an effective passer to keep eight defenders out of the box.
Terrance West's value takes a hit as an RB4, at least early on. He remains a solid long-term piece.
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.