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Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Draft: 2010 Round 2 (26)
College: Auburn
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 215 DOB: 1988-08-21 Age: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#31 4 7.08

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2011 HOU 15 2 175 942 5.4 4 19 13 98 7.5 0 128.0 8.5
2012 PIT 11 0 65 279 4.3 2 11 11 49 4.5 0 44.8 4.1
2012 (Projected) PIT     156 735 4.7 6   15 115 7.7 0 121.0  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
After a rookie season lost due to an ankle injury, the Texans 2010 second-round pick bounced back in a big way in 2011. Tate started two games and amassed an impressive 942 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 175 carries in a backup role behind Arian Foster. Like Foster, Tate is a great fit in the Texans running scheme, capable of making one cut and then using his speed and power and get past linebackers and into the secondary. While Tate possesses enough natural ability to start for most teams, in Houston he sits behind the leagueís best running back and that limits his fantasy appeal. While Tate had 188 touches last season, his usage when Foster was healthy wasnít consistent or hefty enough (under ten touches per game) to make him a solid option as a starting fantasy running back. However, he is a decent flex option provided you are willing to live with some inconsistency with him in your starting lineup. And of course, he is an absolutely must have handcuff for Foster and a player that will needed to be taken early in drafts as the first true handcuff off the board.

Comment: One of the most valuable backup RBs in fantasy football.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Le'Veon Bell
RB2RB2 Josh Harris
RB3RB3 Dri Archer
RB4RB4 Ben Tate
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Le'Veon Bell out for wild-card game     -- Fri Jan 2 2:30 pm --

Josh Harris expected to start
Steelers running back and team MVP LeíVeon Bell has been ruled out of Saturdayís AFC wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens. Bell hyperextended his right knee against the Bengals in the regular-season finale. He did not practice all week. Bellís replacement is Josh Harris, who has 16 yards on nine carries in his professional career. He was inserted into the Bengals game and had a 59-yard run that was nullified by a holding penalty. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FF Today's Take: It's been the general thinking that Bell would miss this game and now it's official. Harris will get the start for the Steelers with Dri Archer used in a change of pace role. The newly signed Ben Tate is expected to be active but should clearly be the No.3 running back against the Ravens.
Steelers make it official, sign Ben Tate     -- Tue Dec 30 1:36 pm --

Insurance for Le'Veon Bell
Steelers now have signed running back Ben Tate to the 53-man roster, the team announced today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: The Steelers are using Tate as insurance for Le'Veon Bell who injured his knee in Week 17 and will likely miss the first round of the playoffs. Josh Harris and Dri Archer would likely receive the bulk of the backfield work against the Ravens is Bell is out.
Injury Steelers looking at Ben Tate     -- Tue Dec 30 12:00 pm --

LeVeon Bell probably unavailable for first round of playoffs
Jason La Canfora posted on Twitter: "Steelers are hosting Ben Tate today as ESPN reported, with LeVeon Bell likely out this week. He is the only RB they're bringing in" (Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It appears that Bell is doubtful for the tilt with Baltimore in the Wild Card. Tate could make an interesting value in daily fantasy play if he gets up to speed in the offense and Bell remains out.
Vikings release Ben Tate     -- Tue Dec 23 7:30 pm --

Didn't play in Week 16
The Vikings have waived running back Ben Tate after an unproductive month with the team. The Vikings claimed Tate last month after he had been waived by the Browns. He was active for all five games with the Vikings, but only played in three of them. He rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Tate didn't see the field in Week 16 as Joe Banyard backed up starter Matt Asiata. Tate's fantasy value for this season is likely over unless he lands with a playoff team. Both the Colts and Cardinals showed some lukewarm interest in him earlier this season but in all likelihood his 2014 season is over.
Injury McKinnon place on IR, back injury     -- Sat Dec 6 6:00 pm --

Asiata expected to start
The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season. McKinnon hurt his lower back and missed the last game against Carolina. He was already ruled out for Sunday, when the Vikings host the New York Jets. (Fox Sports)

FF Today's Take: McKinnon can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues. Expect the Vikings to use Matt Asiata and Ben Tate on Sunday against the Jets. Asiata would be a desperation FLEX play against a solid Jets run defense.
Injury Jerick McKinnon sits with back injury     -- Fri Nov 28 1:10 pm --

Status for Sunday doesn't look good
Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon was the only player absent at Fridayís practice. McKinnon hasnít participated all week dealing with a lingering low back injury. His status at this point for Sundayís game against the Panthers doesnít look too good. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Having missed practice all week, McKinnon is a candidate for the inactive list. Matt Asiata is expected to return this week and and should split carries with Joe Banyard and newly acquired Ben Tate. The Vikings running back situation is one to avoid in Week 13.
Injury McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited     -- Wed Nov 26 4:46 pm --

Kyle Rudolph practices in full
Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee). Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee). Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle). (Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers     -- Wed Nov 19 4:27 pm --

Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount     -- Tue Nov 18 1:37 pm --

Running back left the field early after receiving zero carries
The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount less than a day after he left the teamís sideline before the completion of the teamís 27-24 comeback win Monday night over Tennessee. "We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FF Today's Take: Blount received zero carries in Monday night's game against the Titans while Le'Veon Bell received 33. Blount's antics of leaving the field early last night obviously didn't sit well with the team. It's likely that running back needy teams (IND, MIN, DEN, ARI) will kick the tires on Ben Tate before Blount.
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.

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