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Running Back, Cleveland Browns

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Draft: 2010 Round 2 (26)
College: Auburn
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 215 DOB: 1988-08-21 Age: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#31 4 7.08

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2011 HOU 15 2 175 942 5.4 4 19 13 98 7.5 0 128.0 8.5
2012 CLE 11 0 65 279 4.3 2 11 11 49 4.5 0 44.8 4.1
2012 (Projected) CLE     156 735 4.7 6   15 115 7.7 0 121.0  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
After a rookie season lost due to an ankle injury, the Texans 2010 second-round pick bounced back in a big way in 2011. Tate started two games and amassed an impressive 942 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 175 carries in a backup role behind Arian Foster. Like Foster, Tate is a great fit in the Texans running scheme, capable of making one cut and then using his speed and power and get past linebackers and into the secondary. While Tate possesses enough natural ability to start for most teams, in Houston he sits behind the league’s best running back and that limits his fantasy appeal. While Tate had 188 touches last season, his usage when Foster was healthy wasn’t consistent or hefty enough (under ten touches per game) to make him a solid option as a starting fantasy running back. However, he is a decent flex option provided you are willing to live with some inconsistency with him in your starting lineup. And of course, he is an absolutely must have handcuff for Foster and a player that will needed to be taken early in drafts as the first true handcuff off the board.

Comment: One of the most valuable backup RBs in fantasy football.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Ben Tate
RB2RB2 Terrance West
RB3RB3 Dion Lewis
RB4FB1 Chris Ogbonnaya
RB5RB4 Isaiah Crowell
Browns Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Browns liking the look of rookie RBs     -- Mon Jul 28 5:00 pm --

West and Crowell showing well early
Terrance West has shown up to camp and played his butt off, showed off some real athleticism for a man his size and seems to bring extra energy to every play he's in. No matter what happens with Josh Gordon and the quarterbacks, the Browns are built to play good defense and to keep that defense rested, and this offensive line might be pretty good, too. The team also thinks it has a keeper in undrafted Isaiah Crowell. (Fox Sports)

FF Today's Take: West has been generating plenty of buzz throughout the offseason and needs to be considered at least the equal of Ben Tate in fantasy at this point as a perfect fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking run scheme. Crowell is arguably the most talented runner of the bunch and a former five-star recruit. West is a steal at his late seventh-round ADP, while Crowell could decide fantasy titles late in the season if both Tate and West go down.
Browns starting RB job up for grabs?     -- Fri Jul 18 6:00 pm --

Rookie West could push Tate during training camp
Ben Tate enters camp as at least a slight favorite to win the starting job. Tate had every reason to assume he was a shoo-in to become the Browns’ No. 1 back because at the time there was no one approaching his talent level on the team. That dramatically changed when the Browns made Terrance West their third-round draft pick and added Isaiah Crowell as an undrafted free agent. West quickly emerged as a formidable challenger for the starting role. (ClevelandBrowns.com)

FF Today's Take: The Browns figure to be a run-heavy team this season so even if West carves out a significant role with Tate in a RBBC situation there will still be plenty of opportunities for both. If West continues to impress during training camp, Ben Tate's current ADP of mid-fifth-round will continue to slide.
Browns' coach hints at running back by committee     -- Sat Jun 28 1:00 pm --

Tate and West should handle bulk of opportunities
Key quote from Coach Mike Pettine: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee. 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." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FF Today's Take: Ben Tate is going to be the "carry the load" guy while rookie Terrance West should get the majority leftover carries. Tate has RB2 appeal but comes with moderate injury risk. Columnist Terry Pluto goes on to state that Edwin Baker appears to be next in line on the depth chart ahead of Dion Lewis.
Injury Hoyer "securely ahead of Manziel" entering camp     -- Thu Jun 12 6:00 pm --

Tate "nicked up"; rookie West running with first team
Browns HC Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "securely ahead' of Johnny Manziel. But Hoyer's lead is not "insurmountable''. Both quarterbacks have had their bright spots and struggles during minicamp, but Hoyer has looked more polished and decisive in his throws. In the backfield, Ben Tate and Terrance West will be competing for the starting job at running back, but Tate is not fazed by the rookie. In 11-on-11 drills, West has been getting reps with the first team along with Chris Ogbonnaya. "There’s nobody in that room that scares me. I’m just honest," Tate said Thursday. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

FF Today's Take: Hoyer hasn't been allowed to take 11-on-11 reps yet, so very little can be taken from this story about the quarterback situation. As far as the running backs are concerned, beat writer Nate Ulrich tweeted Thursday that Tate was a "little nicked up". Although it probably nothing serious, it should be a reminder that West will be an awfully good handcuff for the brittle Tate in OC Kyle Shanahan's offense.

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