|2014 Season - Average||230.5||1028.5||7.0||23.5||139.5||0||137|
|2014 Season - Dave Richard||218||903||7||20||106||0||124|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||243||1154||7||27||173||0||151|
|Current Player Ranking: 29|
|Red Zone Stats|
|26||67||3|| 50.0||4||3||15||0|| 6.3|
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|07/11/2014||Ben Tate, RB CLE||Frank Gore, RB SF|
|07/11/2014||Harry Douglas, WR ATL||Ben Tate, RB CLE|
Tavon Austin, WR STL
DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU
|07/11/2014||Ben Tate, RB CLE|
Travaris Cadet, RB NO
|Eric Decker, WR NYJ|
Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN
Rank Among Leaders
|Terrance West a legit threat to Ben Tate's job |
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(7/20/14) Terrance West has looked like anything but a small school rookie running back through the Browns' offseason practices. According to ClevelandBrowns.com's Vic Carucci, "it wouldn't be the least bit surprising" if West ousted Ben Tate from the starting role to begin the season. Carucci also suggests that West could see a significant amount of work even if Tate starts.
Tate totaled 911 yards and four touchdowns for the Texans last year but dealt with rib injuries that ultimately cost him the last few games of the season. At Towson last year, West had 2,509 yards rushing last season with a ridiculous 41 touchdowns.
|Mike Pettine declares committee approach in backfield |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(6/28/14) Despite the signing of free agent Ben Tate in the offseason, the Browns are planning on using a running back-by-committee approach this season.
"I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ... you've got to be able to get fresh guys out there."
That "guy who can carry most of the load" will likely be Tate, but rookie third-rounder Terrance West has been particularly impressive in his early work, as has Edwin Baker. The Browns also have Dion Lewis, who is coming off a lost season due to a broken leg, left over from last year.
|Ben Tate not worried about competition |
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(6/12/14) Browns running back Ben Tate isn't worried about any competition for the starting job from rookie Terrance West, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Truthfully, I don't look at it like that," Tate said. "You guys may see it like that, but there's nobody in that room that scares me. I'm just honest."
Tate said competing for playing time with Arian Foster in Houston has him prepared.
"If I come in here and say 'Oh I've got this locked down' and don't compete, that's how you lose your job," he said. "That's how you find your way out of the league fast. I'm a natural competitor. That's just in me. I went out there in Houston every day and tried to compete with Arian knowing I wasn't going to be the starter no matter what I did because he had already done things. So I'm going to naturally compete and I hope all the other running backs want to compete as well. As a group that's how we're going to get better as a unit."
Tate has spent time behind West in practice because, as coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal, he "was a little nicked up during minicamp." He is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.
|Johnny Manziel becomes a Fantasy sleeper as a Brown |
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/8/14) One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.
Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.
Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.
|Ben Tate confident he'll break 1,000 yards |
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
(4/30/14) Since the Browns returned to the league in 1999, only three Cleveland running backs have gone over 1,000 yards rushing. Peyton Hillis did it in 2010, Jamal Lewis in 2007-08, and Reuben Droughns in 2005.
New Browns running back Ben Tate is confident he'll join the list.
"I would hope so,” Tate told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I would think. If I'm the starting guy and we've got 16 games."
Tate is excited that the Browns signed a traditional fullback, Chris Pressley, and that he'll finally get his chance to start.
"Playing football is fun, period, but it's a lot more fun when you are starting,” he told the paper. "You don't work that hard to get a carry here or there. It's a lot more difficult coming off the bench and getting a feel for the game and to get into a rhythm."
|Ben Tate's four years of work in Houston paid off when he signed on to be the Browns starting running back. He'll run behind one of the league's better offensive lines in a system he's familiar with going back to his early days with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Tate doesn't have superior speed but does have good size and is a tough player -- he played with four broken ribs for a chunk of last season. And it's worth noting that over 11 career games with at least 15 carries Tate has averaged 11.6 Fantasy points per game, posting 10-plus points in six games overall. Tate isn't a good enough talent in a good enough spot to catapult to the top of our Fantasy rankings, but if he can play through small injuries and maintain himself as the Browns' top back then by sheer volume he should finish the year as at least a No. 2 option. We'd grab Tate with a pick between 30th and 40th overall and aim for rookie Terrance West with a middle- to late-round pick as a handcuff for him. Both might play a bunch.
(Updated 5/28/14) |