| 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? I’m told likely out 2-4 weeks, depending on how he heals. You’ll 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.
| 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.
| 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.
|Browns rolling with two rookie RBs behind Tate -- Sat Aug 30 10:15 am --|
Isaiah Crowell makes team as third running back
|The Browns have cut running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a league source tells cleveland.com.
With tailback Dion Lewis being cut earlier in the day, that leaves rookie running back Isaiah Crowell as the third running back for now. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: It's not out of the question that the Browns would bring in another veteran running back, but for now Terrance West and Crowell are the immediate backups to Ben Tate. Crowell rumbled for 102 yards and a TD on the 13 carries Thursday night, locking himself into a roster spot.
|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.