| Le'Veon Bell out for wild-card game|
Josh Harris expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 2, 2:30 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Insurance for Le'Veon Bell
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 30, 1:36 pm
|Steelers now have signed running back Ben Tate to the 53-man roster, the team announced today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday'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.
| Steelers looking at Ben Tate|
LeVeon Bell probably unavailable for first round of playoffs
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Dec 30, 12:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Didn't play in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 23, 7:30 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.
| McKinnon place on IR, back injury|
Asiata expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Dec 6, 6:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.
| Jerick McKinnon sits with back injury|
Status for Sunday doesn't look good
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 28, 1:10 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Nov 26, 4:46 pm
|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).
FFToday'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|
Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Nov 19, 4:27 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Running back left the field early after receiving zero carries
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Nov 18, 1:37 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Colts, other teams needing healthy RBs could have interest
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 18, 12:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
HC: "We're not just going to pick one"
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 17, 3:15 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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?|
RBBC still in effect
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 16, 12:05 pm
|Yes, it appears #Browns giving RB Isaiah Crowell the start. (Tony Grossi via Twitter)|
FFToday'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.