Cleveland Browns
Name  Ben Tate
Born  8/21/1988
Height  5-11
Weight  215
College  Auburn
7/18/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Vic Carucci of expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
6/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "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." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
5/12/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: With Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, the Browns will use a run-first offense in 2014. SOURCE: Pat McManamon, ESPN
Insight: Last season, the Browns led the NFL in passing attempts. This year, they might lead it in rushing attempts. Tate, a backup for his entire tenure in Houston, should be in for a special season as long as he can stay healthy.
3/15/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Ben Tate's new two-year deal with Cleveland could pay him up to $7 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Tate fills a huge need for the Browns, who were forced to start ancient Willis McGahee at halfback last season. Now that he's out from Arian Foster's shadow, this will be a good chance for Tate to finally spread his wings. We smell a 1,000-yard season on the horizon.
3/15/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Free agent Ben Tate will take a physical for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday and if he passes will sign with the team, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Tate should immediately move to the top of the depth chart, ahead of the likes of Fozzy Whitaker, Edwin Baker, Dion Lewis and Jamaine Cook.
12/30/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate acknowledged Monday that he has probably played his last game as a Texan. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: For years we've been wondering what kind of numbers Tate would produce if he were a featured back instead of having to split carries with Arian Foster. Soon we'll know the answer. Cleveland seems like the best fit for Tate though ultimately he's going to sign wherever he can get the most money.
12/18/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: The Texans have placed halfback Ben Tate on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Tate broke one of his ribs in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Dennis Johnson will start the rest of the season at running back. Tate led the team in rushing this year with 771 yards on 181 carries.
12/5/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) is active for Thursday's game at Jacksonville.
Insight: Tate is coming off a 102-yard, three-TD performance Sunday against the Patriots and is a RB2 option this week.
11/1/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Houston backup running back Ben Tate (ribs) has been given the go-ahead to play in Sunday's game against Indianapolis. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Tate may not be the backup this week if Arian Foster is out with a hamstring injury. Tate averaged just ten yards per game in two contests against Indy last season.
10/21/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Arian Foster isn't the only Texans running back dealing with an injury. According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, backup Ben Tate fractured four of his ribs Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: The bye week gives Tate a little extra breathing room though this isn't an injury that can heal overnight. Tate and Foster (hamstring pull) are both questionable for Week 9 against the Colts.
9/22/2013 1:06:00 PM
Description: The Browns are hoping to rebuild their offense by signing Ben Tate when he becomes a free agent next offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Tate has long been the best backup in the league and there's no doubt the idea of being an every down back would appeal to him. If the price is right, Cleveland should be near the top of his wish list.
9/12/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that he wants the workload split between Arian Foster and Ben Tate to be "pretty close right now." SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Tate outplayed Foster in the opener but received just 11 carries to Foster's 18, and Kubiak said afterward that he regretted not getting Tate more snaps. The Texans are easing Foster back into action after he missed the entire preseason with injuries, but if he doesn't improve on the field quickly he'll find himself in an even timeshare with Tate and that's something Foster owners don't want. Tate is a flex play in 12-team leagues for Week 2 against the Titans.
1/11/2013 2:05:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (fractured ribs) will play on Sunday night against the Colts according to coach Gary Kubiak.
Insight: The other question for Tate owners, of course, is whether Arian Foster will play and the coach said Foster will be a game-time decision. Foster's designation determines Tate's ultimate fantasy value.
11/28/2012 3:35:00 PM
Description: Houston running back Ben Tate (hamstring) participated in Wednesday's practice and is expected to backup Arian Foster in Week 13.
Insight: He still doesn't have much fantasy value, but he replaces Justin Forsett on the depth chart.
11/20/2012 12:18:00 PM
Description: Houston backup running back Ben Tate (hamstring) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Justin Forsett will backup Arian Foster if Tate is again inactive.
11/4/2012 12:20:00 PM
Description: Houston backup running back Ben Tate (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Tate could have joined Arian Foster in feasting on the league's worst run defense. Instead, No. 3 back Justin Forsett, might get enough carries and yards to be a low-end fantasy value.
10/22/2012 11:21:00 AM
Description: Houston backup running back Ben Tate injured his hamstring during Sunday's blowout win over Baltimore.
Insight: Tate will have the bye week to recover. If Tate is healthy enough to play he should be a serviceable flex player against Buffalo's laughably awful run defense in Week 9.
10/12/2012 1:35:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (toe) was officially limited again on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak said he expected Tate to play.
Insight: Tate did have one good game against Miami, but his 5-10 rushing attempts per game aren't enough for fantasy owners to start him on a consistent basis. With his toe injury, he'll likely be on the low side in attempts and you should sit him.
10/9/2012 4:59:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said running back Ben Tate (toe) was "not close" to suiting up for Monday's game against the Jets.
Insight: It's looking increasingly unlikely that Tate won't play in Week 6 against the Packers. Arian Foster has been getting the full load for Houston even when Tate has been healthy so the backup is no longer a flex option anyway.
10/8/2012 8:10:00 PM
Description: As expected, Houston halfback Ben Tate won't play Monday versus the Jets. Tate is out with an injured toe.
Insight: Tate has only been getting around six carries a game this season, so he hasn't really been able to add much in terms of fantasy production. For now, Arian Foster (380 yards, 4 TD) is the only Texans running back worth owning in fantasy.