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Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

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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 MIN 11 0 65 279 4.3 2 11 11 49 4.5 0 44.8 4.1
2012 (Projected) MIN     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 leagueís best running back and that limits his fantasy appeal. While Tate had 188 touches last season, his usage when Foster was healthy wasnít 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
RB1RB2 Jerick McKinnon
RB2RB3 Matt Asiata
RB3RB5 Ben Tate
RB4FB1 Jerome Felton
RB5RB4 Joe Banyard
RB6RB1 Adrian Peterson
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited     -- Wed Nov 26 4:46 pm --

Kyle Rudolph practices in full
Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee). Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee). Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle). (Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers     -- Wed Nov 19 4:27 pm --

Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount     -- Tue Nov 18 1:37 pm --

Running back left the field early after receiving zero carries
The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount less than a day after he left the teamís sideline before the completion of the teamís 27-24 comeback win Monday night over Tennessee. "We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FF Today's Take: Blount received zero carries in Monday night's game against the Titans while Le'Veon Bell received 33. Blount's antics of leaving the field early last night obviously didn't sit well with the team. It's likely that running back needy teams (IND, MIN, DEN, ARI) will kick the tires on Ben Tate before Blount.
Browns waive Ben Tate     -- Tue Nov 18 12:00 pm --

Colts, other teams needing healthy RBs could have interest
The Browns announced Tuesday they waived running back Ben Tate, who was in his first season with the team. Tate signed a two-year deal with Cleveland in the offseason. Tate rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 106 carries in eight games. He also had nine catches for 60 yards. However, his role in recent weeks has diminished as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have seen their playing time increase. Tate expressed his frustration last week when he said he would "be lying" if he was satisfied with the Browns' three-back rotation, according to Cleveland.com. (CBS)

FF Today's Take: The Colts are in the market for a proven NFL running back that can handle a heavy workload. Don't cut Tate just yet as he might catch on with another squad -- and see work almost immediately.
Browns still have no clear leader in RBBC     -- Mon Nov 17 3:15 pm --

HC: "We're not just going to pick one"
Despite entering the game ranked 12th in rushing, the Browns have no set running-back rotation. Nobody has grabbed hold of the featured-back role, and free-agent signing Ben Tate seems to be slipping out of favor with the coaching staff. He earned just two attempts Sunday against his former team - running for minus-9 yards - and getting just 10 attempts last week. "It's something we'll look at week to week," HC Mike Pettine said. "We're not just going to pick one. When you go in a game-plan situation you look at what gives us the best chance to win." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

FF Today's Take: The Browns appear to be moving on from Tate, so it appears the dice-roll owners will have to make each week will be between Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. To that end, West, who carried 26 times for 94 yards against the Bengals, had just five attempts versus the Texans. It's a frustrating situation for all parties involved and makes both rookies nothing better than flex plays until one player emerges - if they do at all.
Isaiah Crowell to get the start for Browns?     -- Sun Nov 16 12:05 pm --

RBBC still in effect
Yes, it appears #Browns giving RB Isaiah Crowell the start. (Tony Grossi via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It sounds like Crowell will get the first crack and receiving the most carries in the crowded three-headed RBBC in Cleveland. Expect Terrance West and Ben Tate to get touches as well. It's a situation to avoid for fantasy owners.
Ben Tate expected to start for Browns     -- Thu Oct 2 2:58 pm --

Assuming no setbacks in practice this week
Ben Tate is "on course" to start at running back Sunday for the Cleveland Browns when they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, coach Mike Pettine said. How the running back rotation goes from that point is to be determined. "We know Ben will start," Pettine said. "But that's all we have at this point. And that's assuming that [Tate] comes out of this week as we expect." (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Tate will get first crack to be the hot hand however if he struggles early, you could see a combination of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has showed more ability of the first four weeks and could be inline surpass West in the pecking order. Tate is a risky RB2 heading into Week 5.
Injury Tate expected to miss 2-4 weeks, sprained knee     -- Wed Sep 10 6:53 am --

West and Crowell will see increased reps
What is the timeline for injured #Browns RB Ben Tate? Iím told likely out 2-4 weeks, depending on how he heals. Youíll see West & Crowell. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It didn't take long for Tate to live up to his high-risk injury label. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will handle the running back duties in committee form with West likely to get the start. Both running backs should be owned in 12-team leagues.
Injury No update on Ben Tate, Jordan Cameron     -- Mon Sep 8 4:45 pm --

Injuries caused both players to miss time in Week 1
HC Mike Pettine said he doesn't have injury updates on RB Ben Tate (knee) or TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder). (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Injuries that keep players from returning to game action that week typically do not bode well for their status the following week. Tate's injury-history is well-chronicled and should make Terrance West - if not Isaiah Crowell - attractive free-agent or trade targets this week. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge filled in for Cameron following his departure, but neither player is worthy of fantasy consideration.
Injury Tate injures knee, rookie running backs shine     -- Sun Sep 7 10:00 pm --

Severity of knee injury unknown
In their NFL regular-season debuts, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell combined for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns' 30-27 loss at Heinz Field. The Browns rushed for 183 yards - the most in four seasons - despite losing starter Ben Tate to a first-half knee injury. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FF Today's Take: Tate had six carries for 41 yards before leaving with a knee injury. No update on his status was given after the game. West had 16 carries for 100 yards and would likely be starter next week if Tate is not ready to go while Crowell would work as a change-of-pace.

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