Houston Texans
Position
RB
 
Jersey
44
Name  Ben Tate
Born  8/21/1988
Height  5-11
Weight  215
College  Auburn
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.
 
10/8/2012 2:29:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (toe) is unlikely to play Monday night against the Jets, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: According to the Texans' official website, coach Gary Kubiak said Tate would "probably be ready" for Monday even though he's dealing with a toe injury but it appears he'll miss the game. If you started Tate at a running back or flex spot the pickings are likely slim on the waiver wire. Justin Forsett, Kevin Walter, Bilal Powell and Jeremy Kerley are little-owned options that you could use.
 
10/6/2012 8:17:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (toe) returned to practice Saturday. He'll have an extra day of recovery since Houston plays the Jets on Monday night.
Insight: According to the Texans' official website, coach Gary Kubiak said Tate would "probably be ready" for Monday even though he's dealing with a toe injury. Even though Tate is arguably the best backup running back in the league, his usage has been too sporadic to trust him in fantasy, especially while he's banged up.
 
10/1/2012 6:12:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate will undergo X-rays on his sore toe, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Tate is arguably the best backup running back in the NFL but his fantasy value is limited because he's behind Arian Foster, who's on pace for 400-plus carries.