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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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Ben Tate rushed 16 times for 36 yards and caught a pass for a loss of two in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.
Without C Alex Mack, the Browns were unable to move the Jaguars' defensive front and frequently allowed backfield penetration. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West mixed in for 14 touches off the bench, limiting Tate's workload. Expect the Browns' rushing attack to get back on track in Week 8 against the Raiders. Not involved much in Cleveland's passing game, Tate is shaping up as more of an RB2 than RB1, although he his upcoming schedule is quite favorable. Oct 19 - 4:40 PM

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Ben Tate is on the Week 7 injury report with a finger issue, but practicing in full.

He'll be ready to rock against the Jaguars. Averaging 23.5 carries since returning from his knee injury, Tate is a low-end RB1.
Oct 16 - 5:57 PM

Ben Tate rushed 25 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's Week 6 win over the Steelers.

Tate was out-run by rookie backup Isaiah Crowell, but ground out the tough yards Cleveland needed to earn a rare win over their division rival. Tate also held on to the ball, something Crowell struggled mightily to do as he lost a fumble and muffed two tosses. Crowell will continue to be mixed in regularly as an explosive change-of-pace back, but Tate still has a grip on No. 1 duties. Tate has 47 carries in two games since returning from his knee injury, and will remain a high-end RB2 against the Jaguars in Week 7.
Oct 12 - 5:28 PM

Ben Tate (knee) is practicing in full for Week 6.

Tate returned to action last week to rack up 123 yards on 22 carries as the clear lead dog against the Titans. He came away with no setbacks. Fire up Tate as a high-upside RB2 who will see plenty of volume in this run-heavy offense.
Oct 8 - 4:52 PM

Ben Tate rushed 22 times for 123 yards and caught a pass for a loss of two yards in the Browns' Week 5 win over the Titans.

He also had a drop. Tate was sensational on the ground, however, beating up Tennessee's defense with physical interior running and dominating carries ahead of both Terrance West (7) and Isaiah Crowell (6). The Browns face the Steelers next. Assuming Tate emerges from this high-volume effort unscathed form a health standpoint, he will be an upside RB2 in that favorable matchup.
Oct 5 - 5:50 PM

Ben Tate is active for Sunday's game at Tennessee.

Tate expressed some worry about his knee on Friday, but he will start Sunday against the Titans, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Isaiah Crowell's workload will depend on how much Tate can handle in his first game back. Cleveland's Week 5 inactives are CB Pierre Desir, RB Glenn Winston, DB Robert Nelson, DL Ish Kitchen, TE Gerell Robinson, DL John Hughes, and WR Rodney Smith.
Oct 5 - 11:36 AM

Ben Tate (knee) expressed some concern about his Week 5 status following Friday's practice.

Tate is listed as probable, but considers himself questionable. "Tomorrow’s going to be the test to see if it swells up," said Tate. It sounds like Tate isn't totally confident in the stability of his knee. We'll monitor this situation closely into Sunday morning. Reports out of Cleveland during the Browns' Week 4 bye were that Isaiah Crowell had moved ahead of Terrance West on the depth chart. Crowell and West should now be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Oct 3 - 2:45 PM

Ben Tate (knee) is listed as probable for Week 5.

Tate is tentatively expected to lead the Browns in carries at Tennessee.
Oct 3 - 1:16 PM

Coach Mike Pettine confirmed that Ben Tate (knee) remains on course to play and start Sunday's game against the Titans.

Tate remained limited in Thursday's practice, but he's likely to see 12-17 touches against an undersized and soft Titans front. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West will be competing for the rest of the work. When asked about dividing reps between three running backs, Pettine said, "It's not an easy problem. It is an issue. You have to have a plan for it, be willing to adjust." Tate is the best bet here as the starter, but he's going to have to play well in this hot-hand backfield.
Oct 2 - 12:56 PM

The Browns' website expects OC Kyle Shanahan to use a "hot-hand" approach at running back.

Ben Tate will be the starter, but Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are going to continue to get touches. Both are capable of outplaying Tate, and will remain involved going forward. Tate is the favorite to lead the Browns in carries if he returns this week, but comes with injury and workload concerns.
Oct 1 - 6:20 PM

Ben Tate (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's part of the plan of easing Tate back into practice. Coach Mike Pettine said he expects Tate to progress to "full" participation by the end of the week. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Tate will "for sure" lead the Browns in carries this week against the Titans. He'll be a quality RB2 option.
Oct 1 - 12:56 PM

Ben Tate (knee) is practicing Tuesday and coach Mike Pettine said Tate will start if he's ready for Week 5.

It's Tate's first practice since suffering a right knee sprain in Week 1. He was reportedly moving well, putting him on track to return as the lead back for Sunday's tasty matchup with the Titans. Previous speculation had Tate handling about 60 percent of the running back carries, with impressive riser Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West getting the rest.
Sep 30 - 11:04 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi guesses that Ben Tate will handle roughly 15 carries per game when he returns from his knee injury, with rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West sharing the other 10.

Grossi has been campaigning for Crowell to get more work, but even he admits Tate is likely to return as Cleveland's lead back. The real value in Crowell is derived from Tate's injury history, which was reemphasized when Tate left Week 1 after six carries and missed Weeks 2 and 3. Crowell has major upside and needs to be stashed everywhere, but Tate should return as a quality RB2. The Browns' next four games are against the Titans, Steelers, Jaguars, and Raiders. Not one of those four teams is defending the run well.
Sep 25 - 12:20 PM

Browns RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery expects Ben Tate (knee) to regain his starting job when healthy.

Tate is tentatively due back after Cleveland's Week 4 bye and should be owned in all fantasy leagues. The Akron Beacon Journal does agree with ESPN Cleveland that UDFA Isaiah Crowell has earned a bigger role, but Montgomery is planning on Tate returning as the lead back. "That’s what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," Montgomery said. "He’s the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we’ll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold."
Sep 24 - 8:26 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3Terrance West
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Kiero Small
WR11Andrew Hawkins
2Taylor Gabriel
3Rodney Smith
WR21Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
K1Billy Cundiff