Ben Tate Fantasy News

Texans sign Andre Brown
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:01pm - [Full Article]

The loss of Ben Tate has left a significant hole in the Houston Texans backfield, especially given starting running back Arian Foster’s injury history, so the team is looking for a relatively cheap replacement.

Enter Andre Brown, formerly of the New York Giants, who visited the Texans on Monday and agreed to terms on a deal with the team, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown will back up Arian Foster and offer some insurance in case Foster's injuries catch up with him.


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Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am - [Full Article]

The Lions signed Jed Collins to fill the traditional blocking fullback role. That follows the signing of tailback Joique Bell to a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.

Arian Foster says he's been medically cleared to play
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:45am

Arian Foster, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been medically cleared by his physician.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster's health is obviously a concern. He has missed 11 games in the last three years, but did play a full season in 2012 and no longer has Ben Tate to worry about. After finishing in the top 2 in fantasy points per game from 2010 to 2012, he was #19 in that category in 2013. There is a new regime in Houston, so Foster's usage is a bit up in the air. Still, he has been one of the most productive RBs in the league when healthy and is a candidate for a bounceback season.

Browns to sign Ben Tate pending physical
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:28am

Cleveland Plain Dealer - [Full Article]

The Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate on Saturday, according to a report.

Tate, who's been in Cleveland since Thursday night, should be under contract today as long he passes his physical, John Telich of Fox 8 News tweeted Saturday morning.

Tate is coming off broken ribs and has battled other injuries in his four-year career, including a broken ankle that sidelined him his entire rookie season.

Update: Adam Schefter reports that the deal is complete.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate wants to be a feature back and it looks like he'll have his chance in Cleveland if the team's doctors give him medical clearance. Tate has averaged 4.7 YPC in his career and has touched the ball at least 15 times in 13 career games, averaging 94.5 yards and 0.54 TD in the process. That equates to 12.7 fantasy points, which is about what Chris Johnson averaged as the #9 RB in 2013. Touchdowns are going to be tougher to come by in Cleveland than they were in Houston, but as a likely feature back, Tate's ADP will probably settle somewhere in the 3rd to 5th rounds depending on the quality of his backup.

Ben Tate says he's an 'elite running back'
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:10pm

My Fox Houston - [Full Article]

Free agent Ben Tate said he will have a message for those teams who are interested in his services.

"I think I can bring you an elite running back," Tate said. "I've learned a lot being behind Arian. Definitely, when I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself, and guys will be able to see that I am a guy who is a top-five running back in this league, which I believe once I get out there and get to show that on a consistent basis.

Fantasy Impact:

We'll have to wait and see where Tate lands before we can assess his value heading into 2014, but he's definitely a threat to move into the first three or four rounds if he gets a starting gig. Injuries have been a concern.

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:46am - [Full Article]

Expect Ray Rice to return to his marquee position in the Ravens offense.

With Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s run-first offense, Rice will see plenty of action in 2014. And the offense’s success will largely rest on his stocky legs.

“I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Kubiak said of Rice in an interview with

“Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him.”

Kubiak shared the carries between Arian Foster and backup Ben Tate in Houston. And he’ll do the same in Baltimore with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

“I think in this league nowadays you need a couple of guys,” Kubiak said. “It’s hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down. It’ll take both of them. They’re very talented and if we can get both of them going, the better we’ll be.”

Fantasy Impact:

The article doesn't really shed a ton of light on the situation, other than the fact that Kubiak seems committed to getting Rice going again. But then he compares Pierce to Arian Foster. Rice looked like an "old" 26 year-old, but said after the season that he struggled all year with a hip injury.

Texans to hire PSU's Bill O'Brien
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:17am - [Full Article]

Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans have agreed to a deal to make O’Brien the team’s new coach, according to multiple reports. The move will be announced officially on Thursday, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans will now have to address the QB situation, and they are expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Arian Foster's back is another concern, as Ben Tate hits free agency this year and isn't expected to return.

Ben Tate 'probably' done in Houston
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

I asked the ever-honest Ben Tate, in his gut, does he think he's done with the Texans?

"Honestly?" he said, then gave a lengthy pause while he pondered his answer. "Probably so."

He added in a less pensive tone: "But we'll see. You never know what will happen. New coaches come in, some different things could happen."

Fantasy Impact:

Tate is a player to monitor this offseason. He fits the talented-backup-gets-starting-job mold that worked well for Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor, who all turned in top 12 seasons after switching teams.

Report: Ben Tate (ribs) season is over
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 2:08pm

Josina Anderson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source: Texans RB Ben Tate (Ribs) to be placed on IR today.

Fantasy Impact:

Dennis Johnson (13) and Deji Karim (12) played a similar number of snaps last week, so it's not clear at this point who will be the lead back in Week 16. The Broncos are #11 in RB aFPA over the past 10 weeks, so it's not a great matchup either. This is probably a situation to avoid unless the Texans reveal their workload plans for the two backs. Carries could be at a premium if the Texans fall behind. Johnson figures to have the advantage in the passing game.

Monday, December 16, 2013, 5:37pm

John McClain on Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans RB Ben Tate had a cat scan on the four broken ribs he's played with. HC Wade Phillips said he got banged up at Indy.

Fantasy Impact:

That puts his Week 16 status in doubt against the Broncos. Dennis Johnson would start in place of Tate. The Texans would probably have to keep this a competitive game in order for Johnson to be a safe play.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 10:06am - [Full Article]

Running back Ben Tate painted a more realistic picture of the uncertainty surrounding the Texans when he was asked Monday if he believed he'd be back next season. Tate is a free agent-to-be.

"That's something I can't really answer right now," Tate said, via the Houston Chronicle. "Just the fact so many things are going to change once the season's over -- different head coaches, different people fired everywhere else.

"That's something I haven't really thought about yet," Tate added. "That's something I'll probably think about after the next three weeks."

Fantasy Impact:

Tate will be a free agent and will opt to sign for big money for a starting job - if he can find it. Staying healthy is a big issue for Tate, but if he can find a job getting the bulk of the work, he could have RB2 value next season.

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