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Ben Tate | Running Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 220
College: Auburn
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Coach Mike Pettine was noncommittal Monday when asked if Ben Tate (knee) would return as a starter following the Browns' Week 4 bye.
Pettine said the Browns are "eager" to get back Tate, but the performance of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell has "made it tougher" to lean on Tate in the manner the team initially planned. They wanted to use Tate as an every-down back. Tate remains likely to retake the Browns' lead back role when healthy and should be owned in all leagues. West and Crowell's fantasy stock will both be very much touch and go when Tate returns. Sep 22 - 4:54 PM

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Browns coach Mike Pettine doesn't expect Ben Tate (knee) to play this week.

Tate was never expected to play and is targeting a Week 5 return. Terrance West is locked in as an RB2/3 for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Sep 17 - 1:42 PM

Speaking at Monday's presser, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Ben Tate (knee) "probably" won't return for Week 3.

Almost all signs suggest there's no "probably" about it, and that Tate won't suit up against the Ravens. Tate hinted last week that he's targeting a return after the Browns' Week 4 bye. Terrance West filled in ably against the Saints, and will remain in the RB2 conversation for as long as Tate is sidelined.
Sep 15 - 4:32 PM

Ben Tate (knee) hinted Friday that he's targeting after the Browns' Week 4 bye for his return.

The Browns play the Saints and Ravens in their next two games, where the fort will be held down by Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. After their Week 4 bye, they face the Titans in Week 5. Whether Tate regains clear-feature back duties will likely depend on the performances of West and Crowell in Weeks 2 and 3. The Browns had markered in Tate as their every-down back to open the year.
Sep 12 - 1:36 PM

Coach Mike Pettine confirmed Ben Tate (knee) is "definitely out" for Week 2 against the Saints.

Tate is dealing with a sprained knee and is considered week-to-week. Pettine says rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will carry the load against the Saints. New Orleans fielded a top-four overall defense in 2013, but finished 19th against the run. The Saints allowed 123 yards on the ground to the Falcons in Week 1. West is an intriguing RB2 option behind an underrated offensive line.
Sep 10 - 12:56 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ben Tate will "likely" miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee.

Per RapSheet, the tentative timeline for Tate is "depending on how he heals." Fantasy drafters of Tate knew the risk going in, based on his extensive injury history with the Texans. They should still keep Tate plastered to fantasy benches as an injured RB4. Rapoport says to expect to see Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell carrying the Browns' backfield in Tate's absence. While West had 100 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, Crowell ripped off 32 yards and two touchdowns on five runs. That usage suggests West is the better waiver target, although Crowell should definitely also be owned.
Sep 10 - 8:44 AM

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Ben Tate said his knee injury is "nothing that serious."

We don't typically like to post injury updates directly from players as they're usually overly optimistic. But the Browns have been extremely tight-lipped on the status of both Tate and Jordan Cameron (shoulder), so we'll take what we can get. "I will be ok thanks for asking," was the rest of Tate's response. We still don't know if he'll be ready for Sunday's Week 2 game against the Saints, making waiver claims a dicey scenario. Terrance West is Tate's direct backup and Isaiah Crowell is the No. 3.
Sep 9 - 8:20 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine provided no update on Ben Tate's knee injury at his Monday press conference.

Pettine also had no update on Jordan Cameron (shoulder). We may have to wait for Wednesday's injury report to get further word on either player. Both left Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh and did not return. Speaking very generally, players who leave a game for good don't typically play the following week.
Sep 8 - 4:15 PM

Ben Tate (knee) has been declared out for the remainder of Cleveland's Week 1 game against the Steelers.

Tate went from questionable to doubtful to out. It's particularly disconcerting since Tate's injury was not obvious on the field. Durability has always been Tate's main question mark. Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are splitting carries in Tate's absence. Crowell scored a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter, Cleveland's first of the season. West is still the preferred add for Tate owners, however.
Sep 7 - 2:56 PM

Ben Tate was forced from Cleveland's Week 1 game against the Steelers with a knee injury, and is doubtful to return.

Tate was hurt on a 25-yard run in the second quarter. There didn't appear to be an obvious issue as he came off the field. His injury went unnoticed by reporters until it was announced in the press box. Rookie Terrance West, who had been getting sprinkled in, is now the Browns' No. 1 back. With Cleveland getting rocked, Tate is unlikely to return even if his injury is minor. He had six carries for 41 yards before going down, and looked effective in the Browns' ZBS attack.
Sep 7 - 2:24 PM

Coach Mike Pettine continued to praise Ben Tate as a three-down running back, calling Tate the "guy you can trust the most right now."

After the Browns cut Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya, Tate became the clear leader for third-down duties. He already had early-down work sewn up after a strong preseason coupled with Terrance West's disappointing summer. "He’s been solid in protection. I think he does a nice job catching the ball," Pettine said. "Probably the guy you can trust the most right now would be Ben." Look for Tate to carry the ball 15-20 times per game under OC Kyle Shanahan. There's potential for high-end RB1 production. Tate just needs to stay healthy.
Sep 2 - 9:57 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Sunday he's "comfortable" leaving Ben Tate in on third downs.

Tate has obviously secured Cleveland's early-down rushing job, and it appears he'll open the season as a true every-down back. Rookie Terrance West faded as soon as the preseason began, getting exposed as not NFL-ready. The Browns' No. 3 tailback is UDFA Isaiah Crowell. Considering how poorly West played in August, it's possible Tate does not have a clear handcuff. West and Crowell might share the workload in the event of an injury to Tate.
Aug 31 - 6:16 PM

Ben Tate rushed three times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Tate started, but wasn't heard from after the Browns' opening drive. Cleveland is saving him for Week 1. Almost certainly done for the preseason, Tate finishes with 19 carries for 81 yards (4.26 YPC). He didn't catch a pass. Not riveting stuff, but Tate did nothing to lose his chokehold on No. 1 duties. Talented rookie Terrance West has been uneven as Tate's backup, leaving him some breathing room.
Aug 23 - 10:25 PM

Ben Tate rushed for 51 yards on ten carries in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Tate got the vast majority of the work in the first half; Terrance West saw just one carry in the first two quarters. Tate was Cleveland's entire offense, as both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel struggled mightily. Tate is a natural in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme, and has a big lead on West for the starting job. Through two preseason games, Tate has rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries (4.75 YPC). He has value at his late-fifth-round ADP.
Aug 18 - 10:04 PM

Ben Tate rushed six times for 25 yards in the Browns' preseason opener.

Unsurprisingly, Tate meshed well with OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking attack. Also unsurprisingly, he put the ball on the ground. He managed to recover. Tate is a talented north-south runner, but has to avoid the fumbles and minor injuries that have thus far marred his career if he wants to hold off third-rounder Terrance West this season.
Aug 9 - 9:10 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Isaiah Crowell
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Taylor Gabriel
3LaRon Byrd
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Travis Benjamin
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Gerell Robinson
K1Billy Cundiff