| HC: Don't know if Isaiah Crowell is 100 percent -- Mon Dec 15 4:45 pm --|
Dealing with hip injury
|Browns HC Mike Pettine: I don't know if RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) is 100 percent. Probably a better question for him. (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Browns weren't doing much of anything in Johnny Manziel's first career start. Crowell hasn't topped four yards per carry in three straight games, so the hip may indeed be a bigger issue than he is letting on. If Crowell misses time, it would mean more work for Terrance West, although the latter would only go from a week flex play to a slightly stronger flex play.
|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.