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44 Ben Tate RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/220 | Birthdate: 8/21/1988 | Birthplace: Woodbridge, VA, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 99/75 | Average Draft Position: 64.70
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Ben Tate continues troubling trend


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate made up for a subpar game overall in Week 8, as he scored a late touchdown in a 23-13 win over the Raiders.

Tate rushed for just 26 yards on 15 carries, and was a nonfactor in the passing game, so the touchdown turned out to be pretty important for Fantasy owners. With a couple of young running backs on the roster possibly pushing him for playing time, a subpar effort isn't good to see, however, Terrance West rushed for just 11 yards on seven carries himself Sunday, so there doesn't seem to be much reason to think Tate cost himself.

Tate has averaged 3.1 yards per carry or less in three straight games, so this continues a unfortunate trend. Still, he had 124 yards on 22 carries in his first game back from a knee injury, so there is little reason to think this is a lingering issue.

It is probably fair to chalk this up to a slump and assume Tate will turn things around, perhaps as soon as Week 9 against a Buccaneers team that is allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs in the league. 


Touchdown lone Sunday highlight for Browns RB Ben Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate now has just 61 yards rushing in his last 32 attempts, courtesy of a 16-for-25 effort Sunday against Oakland. But he did soothe his frustrations a bit with 2:26 remaining in the game.

That's when Tate found a hole up the middle for his third touchdown of the season. He also caught one pass for eight yards in the Cleveland victory. His recent struggles mirror those of the entire backfield since center Alex Mack was knocked out for the season with a broken leg.

Tate will try to get the ground game back on track when the Browns host the Buccaneers in Week 9.


Browns looking for a back to 'separate himself'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the team is looking for one running back to "separate himself," according to ESPN.

Shanahan stressed that he's been happy with the play of Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but added that he would love it if one of them stepped up. "We got a bunch of solid guys who do a good job," Shanahan said. "For one of those to get the bulk of the carries and take off, then that’s up to them. They got to show us they’re ahead of the other guys." 

Shanahan has had a history of riding one primary back in the past. "I’ve never had to rotate a bunch of running backs, because usually I’ve had a running back who’s usually able to separate himself from the others," he said. 

Tate is currently receiving the bulk of the carries for the club, but the team has mixed in Crowell and West frequently. 


Rebound seems likely for Ben Tate


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) With what seemed like a tailor-made matchup Week 7 at Jacksonville, Browns running back Ben Tate had by far his worst performance in three games since returning from a knee injury, gaining just 36 yards on 16 carries. So is he still a safe bet with what seems like another favorable matchup Week 8 against Oakland?

Well, as safe as any non-pass catching back can be in today's NFL. If the Browns fall behind by a couple scores, as unexpectedly happened against the Jaguars, he'll disappear from the game plan. But of course, the Browns have been competitive in every other game this season, so you have no reason to believe they won't be against a winless Raiders team.

And the numbers all work in Tate's favor. The Raiders rank 29th against the run, allowing 145.3 yards per game, and have given up the third-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Andre Ellington and Branden Oliver have performed nicely against them the last two weeks.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Tate about 15th among running backs despite the disappointment of last week, and I'm with them. I don't see a scenario where I sit him.


Browns might not use three running backs Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday the team might not use three running backs Week 8 against the Raiders after Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West had trouble getting into the flow of the game during a Week 7 loss at Jacksonville.

Crowell and West both admitted their limited reps impacted how they performed Sunday, according to The Plain Dealer.

"We'll make a decision at the end of the week,'' Pettine said. "I don't want to lock it in and say we're set on three.''


Rude awakening for Ben Tate


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) After two big performances in which he carried the ball more than 20 times, Browns running back Ben Tate seemed poised for his biggest performance yet Week 7 at Jacksonville. After all, he was facing a winless Jaguars team that was used to trailing big. As much as the Browns like to give him the ball, he figured to own the second half.

Except the Jaguars never trailed big in this one. In fact, at least in the second half, they never trailed at all. Because they were the ones to win in convincing fashion, Tate got only six carries in the second half and gained only 3 yards with them. In all, he had 36 yards on 16 carries.

Granted, if the score had allowed him to get his usual allotment of carries, he would have done better, but for the number of carries he did get, his performance wasn't up to snuff. His two touchdowns masked it Week 6 against Pittsburgh, but that's two games in a row now in which he struggled on a per-carry basis. His combined rate for those two games is 2.8 yards per carry.

Backup running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West got a combined 12 carries in this one, so Tate's role may not be rock solid. Of course, since they didn't do much with theirs either, it likely isn't in jeopardy. Because he gets so many opportunities, Tate remains an advisable play for Week 8 against Oakland.


Browns RB trio arrives in Jacksonville hot, leaves cold


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The three-headed monster that had the Browns ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards heading into the Sunday game at Jacksonville was stopped cold by the Jaguars.

Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West combined for just 62 yards in 29 attempts for a meager 2.1 average.

Tate ran for 36 yards on 16 tries, but was held to 18 yards on 15 attempts aside from an 18-yard jaunt up the middle in the second quarter. Crowell managed 18 yards on seven tries while West added just eight yards in five attempts.


Browns RB Ben Tate fine for Week 7 game at Jacksonville


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Browns have given the thumbs-up, as expected, to featured back Ben Tate for the Sunday clash against the Jaguars. He had been designated as probable with a lingering finger issue.

Quartet ruled out by Browns for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) A lengthy Browns injury report issued Friday features four players ruled out for the Week 7 game in Jacksonville. Included are cornerback K'Waun Williams (concussion), wideout Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive linemen Phil Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad).

Listed as questionable are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and free safety Tashaun Gipson (thigh). The probables are defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), linebackers Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (back) and featured back Ben Tate (finger).


Browns should do plenty of running


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) Facing a winless team that ranks dead last in offense, the 3-2 Browns, who are used to playing in close games, may well have a comfortable lead at some point Week 7 at Jacksonville, allowing them to put the game in the hands of their running backs.

It's what so often happens against the Jaguars, who rank 19th against the run, allowing 117.2 yards per game.

And unlike the Titans and Chargers in recent weeks, the Browns should do it especially well. They don't just have a workhorse starter in Ben Tate, who has gotten 20-plus carries in back-to-back games since returning from a knee injury, but they also have a productive change-of-pace option in Isaiah Crowell, who got 11 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown in a similar run-out-the-clock situation Week 7 against Pittsburgh.

Starting Tate is an easy call. He gets the carries. He gets the touchdowns. He has the matchup. He's a top-10 running back for both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard this week. But while starting a backup running back is usually ill-advised, Crowell might just come through with starting-caliber numbers this week. Jamey has him 21st and Dave 20th, which is higher than I'm willing to go, but as a flex option, you could do a lot worse.


Ben Tate gets some help from Isaiah Crowell


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) Though Ben Tate continued to establish himself as the Browns' workhorse Week 6 against Pittsburgh, rushing 25 times for 78 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, he didn't go it alone. In fact, Isaiah Crowell, one of the two rookie running backs to fill in for him when he missed Weeks 2 and 3 with a knee injury, had nearly as many yards (77) on less than half as many carries (11). Terrance West, the other rookie running back who was actually considered the higher-profile of the two coming into the year, was inactive for the game.

So does that mean Crowell is the better handcuff for Tate? It's not so clear. The two got about the same number of carries in Week 5, but West did more with his.

We'll see if West becomes a regular on the inactives list, but in the meantime, I wouldn't stress too much about finding a handcuff for Tate. The good news is he's gotten more than 20 carries in back-to-back games since returning from injury and looks like he's going to be a regular enough part of the offense to start every week in Fantasy.


Browns RB Ben Tate stays hot, burns Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Featured back Ben Tate visited the end zone for the first time in a Browns uniform late in the second quarter Sunday against Pittsburgh and enjoyed it so much he relived the experience.

Tate followed the 8-yard score with a 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the fourth that stretched the Cleveland lead to 31-3. He finished with 78 yards on 25 carries. He has rushed for 202 yards in the last two games combined.

Not bad considering he totaled minus-1 yard on the ground in the first quarter. He managed just 23 yards on 10 carries in the first half, but added 55 yards rushing thereafter.

Tate will try to remain on a roll in Week 7 at Jacksonville.


Browns RB Ben Tate set to start with Steelers in town


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate has gotten the thumbs-up for action in Week 6 against Pittsburgh. It comes as no surprise - he was listed as probable with a finger injury.

Browns unveil lengthy injury report for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Browns unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 6 against Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive lineman Phillip Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad) have been officially ruled out for the game.

Deemed questionable were star cornerback Joe Haden (hip), linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle).

Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder), defensive back Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), offensive lineman John Greco (knee), linebacker Eric Martin (personal), defensive back Buster Skrine (thumb), running back Ben Tate (finger) and offensive lineman Joe Thomas (rest) have been all ruled probable for Sunday.


Ben Tate hoping Browns can repeat history vs. Steelers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate established himself as the go-to option in Cleveland immediately upon his return from a knee issue, and runs into Sunday's matchup against the Steelers in Week 6 the unquestioned starter.

The Steelers have been very solid against running backs for the most part this season, with one obvious exception -- the Browns racked up 29 Fantasy points against the Steelers in Week 1. Most of that came after Tate left the gamer, though he looked to be on his way to a solid performance, with 41 yards on six carries before leaving. Both of Tate's backups racked up double digit Fantasy points in that game, while only one back has done so against the Steelers since.

Tate probably isn't a must-start, but he has looked excellent when he has been able to play this season. He has 164 yards on just 28 carries overall, and should be in most Fantasy lineups for Week 6.  


Ben Tate pushes Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell aside


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) Back from a two-game absence for a sprained knee, Browns running back Ben Tate emerged as the clear front-runner in what had become a crowded backfield without him Week 5 at Tennessee, rushing for a career-high 123 yards on 22 carries.

Granted, it came against a Titans defense that entered the game ranked 22nd against the run, but going back to his days as Arian Foster's backup in Houston, Tate was thought to have this kind of potential.

Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell didn't disappear completely, combining for 13 carries, but neither was the priority Tate was. And Tate was the only one of the three to catch a pass, so neither has the look of more than a change-of-pace option now that he's back.

A double handcuff is about the worst thing you could do for your roster flexibility, so if you're a Tate owner looking to insure what looks to be a prized commodity again, you should probably opt for West over Crowell. Or maybe just skip both. Neither stood out from the other in the two games Tate missed.


Browns RB Ben Tate sets career-high with 123-yard effort


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Browns new featured back Ben Tate provided a strong ground game Sunday in Tennessee - and he set a personal rushing record in the process.

Tate rushed for a career-high 123 yards on 22 carries with a consistent pounding. His long gain on the afternoon was just 15 yards on his first attempt, though he matched it with a run up the middle in the second quarter. He added a 13-yarder in the third, which he finished with 100 yards on 16 carries.

He will try to keep up the good work when the Browns host Pittsburgh in Week 6.


It's official - Browns RB Ben Tate returns to field Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate has been given the green light for Week 5 against the Titans. He will serve as the starter.

Tate has been out since the season opener with a knee injury, but was probable heading into Sunday.


Browns RB Ben Tate gives warning about Sunday availability


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate, who has been out the last two games with a knee injury sustained in the opener, is listed as probable for the game Sunday at Tennessee. But he's talking like he's questionable.

"[Saturday] is going to be the test to see if it swells up," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

If Tate can't play, the Browns will rely on surprising backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to carry the load.


Browns quite healthy for Sunday game against Titans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Browns are in fine shape heading into their Sunday game at Tennessee. Defensive end Desmond Bryant (glute) is the lone questionable player on their injury report and he practiced Friday on a limited basis.

Running back Ben Tate (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) headline the group of probables. Filling out that designation are cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb) and wideout Marlon Moore (illness).


Pettine: Ben Tate 'on course to play' Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday running back Ben Tate is "on course to play" Week 5 at Tennessee. Tate, who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Report: Ben Tate to be limited Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate, who's coming back from a sprained knee, will be limited in practice Wednesday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Tate is tentatively expected to start Sunday at Tennessee.

Making sense of the Browns backfield


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With Ben Tate expected back in Week 5 to start against the Titans, how should Fantasy owners approach the Browns' backfield?

Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have emerged as contributors in Tate's absence, but the Browns have maintained that they expect Tate to be the No. 1 back when he plays. Though the team will likely limit his workload, Tate should be at the top of the hierarchy in Week 5, with Crowell and Terrance West filing in behind.

Though there is obviously the chance for re-injury, both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard consider Tate the best option for Fantasy owners this week. Tate was running well in Week 1 prior to his injury, and could be in line for 15-plus touches this week against a Titans defense that has allowed 21.5 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. He should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy running back, barring a setback this week in practice.

If Crowell or West are to find success, it will have to come with a much smaller workload than they have experienced so far. Crowell has been the team's go-to option on the goal line, which makes him slightly more valuable than West in a diminished role. Still, neither player is likely to be worth starting as anything more than a flex option in deeper leagues, especially with so few teams on by this week. 


Ben Tate expected to start Week 5


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate is expected to start Sunday at Tennessee, assuming his knee responds well to practice this week, reports ESPNCleveland.com. Tate sprained his knee in the season opener and hasn't played since.

He rushed six times for 41 yards against the Steelers, suffering the injury on a 25-yard run. Tate said he might play with a brace on his knee Sunday.


Ben Tate returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate is practicing for the first time since Sept. 5, reports the Associated Press. The bye week helped Tate recover from his sprained knee, and he's expected to play Sunday at Tennessee.