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By Steve Painter, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Jun 8th 10:44pm EDT

He tried out for the Cowboys in late May to no avail. He has had little interest in his services after a poor showing in 2014. He is still young, 28 in August, and the Lions may be getting desperate with Joique Bell still sidelined. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This indeed may be a sign that Joique Bell is nowhere near 100%. Keep an eye on Ameer Abdullah, he's the best of the bunch anyway.


By Matt Muller, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, May 21st 2:56pm EDT

The Cowboys are working out Ben Tate. Tate has rushed for 2,363 yards on 540 carries in his four seasons with four teams, most recently with the Browns in 2014. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear what Tate's role would be, even if he is signed by the team. This was a crowded backfield already between Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. We will need to see who makes the final 53-man roster before any conclusions can be taken from this. Tate was a promising sleeper going into the 2014 season as the favorite to be the Browns' lead back, but he was sidelined by injuries, and later, poor performance.


By Jake Perper, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 7:39pm EST

Tate had five carries for 8 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Fantasy Impact: His long run on the day was of four yards. He's looking more and more likely to be gone after the season despite being claimed off waivers from Cleveland nearly a month ago. He is simply not a No. 1 RB in the NFL.


By Jake Perper, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 4:42pm EST

Tate had just three carries for 15 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets. His long run on the day was eight yards.

Fantasy Impact: He will likely be used more over the final three games with Jerick McKinnon (lower back) placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday. Matt Asiata hasn't been that impressive, so Tate could earn a role down the stretch. He isn't fantasy worthy.


By Jake Perper, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 3:57pm EST

Tate served as the No. 2 RB behind fill-in starter Matt Asiata. Tate ended the afternoon with five carries for 15 yards as the Vikings defeated the visiting Panthers 31-13.

Fantasy Impact: Tate will likely earn more carries down the stretch as Minnesota will look to see what they have in him. But with Jerick McKinnon (lower back) likely to return, Tate could be the No. 3 RB next week against the Jets.


By Tom, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 11:56am EST

Matt Asiata is inactive with a concussion so Tate play behind McKinnon

Fantasy Impact: The Vikings get to use their waiver pickup right away against division rival Green Bay.


By Jake Perper, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 5:23pm EST

The Minnesota Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate on Wednesday, releasing TE MarQueis Gray in the process. Tate is owed roughly $353,000 for the rest of the season, according to Brian Hall of Fox Sports North. He is signed through 2015, but can be cut after this season. (Source: Fox Sports North)

Fantasy Impact: In his first season in Cleveland, Tate has amassed 333 yards and 4 TDs on 106 carries. His best game came back in the first week of October when he rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries. He's averaged just 3.1 YPC this season and isn't anything more than a RB3/RB4 with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in Minnesota. Tate's exit from the Browns is worrisome, but the Vikings are looking for a No. 2 RB behind McKinnon for next season.


By Dan Catterson, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 4:37pm EST

The Minnesota Vikings claimed ex-Cleveland Browns' running back Ben Tate off waivers on Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adrian Peterson was expected back this week - but those plans have changed. That's why Minnesota went out and claimed Tate, adding him to a backfield that already consists of the talented rookie running back Jerick McKinnon, and the less talented Matt Asiata. Tate could take over as the short-yardage back, in addition to splitting reps between the 20s with McKinnon, but for now you probably can't consider him anything more than a RB3.


By Brian Tesch, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 11:33am EST

In an unexpected move, the Cleveland Browns have cut Ben Tate. GM Ray Farmer stated, "With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team." Farmer also added, "This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: While Tate has been unimpressive of late, this isn't the end of the world for those with Tate on their roster. RB needy teams such as Indianapolis, Carolina, or even Denver could snatch Tate up in short order. If a panicky manager drops Tate, he's worth a waiver claim. With Tate gone, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell look to have a true 50/50 split of the backfield.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 8:26pm EST

Ben Tate set a new low Sunday against the Texans. He rushed twice for -9 yards. He was targeted once in the passing game but failed to come up with the reception.

Fantasy Impact: Tate has clearly fallen out of favor in Cleveland. It is unclear what happened, as he's had some productive games this year. Either way, it is probably safe to drop him in most leagues as the running back situation in Cleveland has become a mess for fantasy owners.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Nov 12th 3:11pm EST

Ben Tate is not too happy about the three-headed monster approach the team has taken with the running back position. (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: When asked about whether the situation was satisfying he said, "No, it’s not. But whatever the organization thinks is best for the team, that’s what we’re going to do.” Obviously this role is not what Tate signed on for last off-season as a free agent, but the team is winning and the situation probably is not going to change while that is the case. Tate is merely bench depth at this point in redraft leagues.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 7th 11:09am EST

Ben Tate had a productive game for the Browns in Week 10. He carried the ball 10 times for 34 yards, scored a four-yard touchdown, and caught two passes for 27 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Tate formed part of a three-man committee with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. The touchdown saved his day for owners who started him, but his weekly upside is going to be limited with the two rookies siphoning away carries. One positive is that Tate appears to be the only running back of the three involved in the passing game.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 11:59pm EST

Ben Tate got the start Sunday for the Browns and carried the ball 10 times for three yards. He did have a nice game through the air, catching four passes for 29 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Terrance West actually received five more carries than Tate did. Tate did nothing with his opportunities all afternoon. This is a situation that bears watching as there could be a changing of the guard at running back for the Browns. Tate is a shaky RB3 or flex and would be best left on benches this week until owners can see whether this was a one week thing or a sign of things to come.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 12:45pm EDT

Ben Tate had a below average day rushing the football Sunday in what looked like a prime matchup against the Oakland Raiders. He handled 15 carries and was only able to turn them into 26 yards. He was able to salvage the day for fantasy owners with a fourth quarter rushing touchdown. He added one catch for eight yards in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: The loss of Alex Mack has derailed the Browns rushing attack which had been so effective during the first part of the season. This was Tate's second straight disappointing game in what should have been a prime matchup. It may be time to consider him more of a low end RB2 or flex option until Cleveland gets the rushing attack back on track.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:28pm EDT

Browns running back Ben Tate had a pedestrian game on Sunday against the Jaguars. He carried the ball 16 times for 36 yards and added one catch for -2 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The Jacksonville run defense came to play on Sunday. They continually stuffed Cleveland's attempts to get things moving on the ground. This came as somewhat of a surprise as the Browns had been running the ball so effectively this season. Look for Tate to bounce back as an RB1 next week in a tasty matchup against the Raiders.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 10:18am EDT

Browns running back Ben Tate practiced through what is being called a minor finger injury on Thursday. (Source: Scott Petrak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's nothing to see here, although this is a good time to remind Ben Tate owners to handcuff him. Tate tends to get injured often and rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have proven that they are more than capable of carrying the load if Tate gets hurt.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Oct 14th 4:46pm EDT

Ben Tate had an extremely productive game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He carried the ball 25 times for 78 yards and scored two touchdowns. His longest run went for 12 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Tate continues to run hard and be productive in the Cleveland ground game. His yards per carry average wasn't great against the Steelers, but he fought for every yard and showed good patience running. The Browns are committed to the run regardless of game flow and this provides Tate with a high floor as the volume will be there for him. He is a high-end RB2 as long as he is healthy. Tate owners would be wise to pick up Isaiah Crowell as his handcuff.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 5:01pm EDT

Browns RB Ben Tate had a successful return from injury. He had 22 carries for 123 yards and added a catch for -2 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Tate was clearly the lead back after sitting out the last few weeks with a knee injury. He picked up large chunks of yardage at a time and looks quite comfortable in the zone-blocking run scheme the Browns are employing. It is also encouraging that the Browns will not let game flow dictate their RB usage. They never abandoned the run, even after getting down 28-3. Tate is a solid RB2.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 8:53am EDT

Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi expects Ben Tate to receive the majority of carries this Sunday against the Titans if he stays healthy. (Source: Tony Grossi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds as if Tate is going to play Sunday. The carry distribution remains in flux but it looks like it looks like Terrance West's days as a low-end RB2 or flex play are coming to an end. It would be advisable to avoid the Browns backfield this week. Tate does tend to get injured frequently so don't drop West or Isaiah Crowell yet.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Sep 10th 1:00pm EDT

Ben Tate is expected to miss between two to four weeks with a knee sprain. (Source: Jeff Schudel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This makes rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell must adds in redraft leagues. West is expected to start Sunday against the Saints and Crowell is expected to mix in. Both will receive carries. Tate, despite his talent, continues to struggle to stay on the field.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 7:24pm EDT

Ben Tate rolled up 41 yards on 6 carries before exiting the game against Pittburgh during the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. There is no word as to the severity of the injury.

Fantasy Impact: Tate could have been well on his way to a big day, as rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West combined for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Pittsburgh defense that did no look very stout against the run. The beat goes on for Ben Tate who has never lacked in the talent department but has struggled to stay on the field during his NFL career.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 10:04am EDT

Ben Tate only received 3 carries for 5 yards against the Rams in the Browns third preseason game. He only got involved on the team's opening drive.

Fantasy Impact: Tate is locked in as the Browns RB1 and his pedestrian performance against the Rams did nothing to change that. The small work load is most likely Cleveland trying to avoid injury for their starting RB. If he can stay healthy, Tate could return RB2 value for fantasy owners this year.


By Matthew Dorfman, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 4:32pm EDT

Ben Tate had 10 carries for 51 yards, and looked ready to lead the Browns backfield.

Fantasy Impact: Tate was one of the only bright spots for the browns offense Monday night. This is his first time as the number one back in an offense, and it looks like he is ready to take on the load. If Tate can stay healthy he has a shot at a breakout year especially with the Browns passing game struggling they will need to lean on him often.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 9:55am EDT

Ben Tate ran 6 times for 25 yards in the Browns preseason debut against the Detroit Lions. He did fumble once but it was recovered before Detroit could pick it up.

Fantasy Impact: Tate had a solid showing from a yards per carry standpoint, but he showed ball security issues which have followed him at times throughout his career. With rookie Terrance West playing well behind him, Tate didn't do himself any favors by putting the ball on the ground. West makes for a very solid handcuff who could post RB2 numbers should Tate lose the starting job due to injury or turnovers.


By Matthew Terelle, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 5:34pm EDT

Longtime Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi believes that Ben Tate is primed for a breakout year as the team's lead running back. He cites that Tate fits the Kyle Shanahan zone-blocking running scheme very well and that he has been running with an attitude and edge. Grossi considers him to be one of the most important Browns players this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: There has been some speculation over how many of Tate's carries would be cut into by rookie Terrance West. It Tate holds on to the job as lead back he should post low RB1 or high RB2 numbers as the Browns are expected to run the ball a lot this season. Injuries have been a concern throughout his career, but at his current ADP, Tate is shaping up to be a draft day value.


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