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Ben Tate | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 220
College: Auburn
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Ben Tate managed eight yards on five carries in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.
Tate was the Vikings' second back through the rotation on Sunday, behind Matt Asiata and ahead of Joe Banyard. Tate will carry no fantasy value into Week 16 against the Dolphins. Dec 14 - 7:32 PM

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Coach Mike Zimmer said he'd like to get Ben Tate a few more carries this week.

Tate got just three carries in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets compared to 19 for Matt Asiata. "I think Matt probably had a few too many carries," Zimmer conceded. Tate should get up in the 7-10 touch range this week, but a brutal matchup at Detroit keeps him far off the fantasy radar.
Dec 9 - 8:29 AM

Ben Tate had three carries for 15 yards in Week 14 against the Jets.

Tate played limited snaps behind Matt Asiata, but got more touches than Joe Banyard. He could push for a bigger role over the final three games. Asiata is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry.
Dec 7 - 5:36 PM

Ben Tate rushed five times for 15 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Panthers.

They were Tate's first carries as a Viking. His longest went for nine yards, as he had minimal success. Matt Asiata got the start with Jerick McKinnon (back) out, while Tate was second in line, seeing all of his work in the second half when the game was out of reach. Tate can be left on the waiver wire across fantasy land.
Nov 30 - 4:58 PM

Ben Tate "will be active and have a role today," per NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Matt Asiata is out with a concussion, so Tate and Joe Banyard will back up Jerick McKinnon. We'd be surprised if Tate handled more than six touches off the bench against Green Bay. He's not a flex option.
Nov 23 - 10:53 AM

The Colts and Cardinals put in a waiver claim for Ben Tate earlier this week.

The Vikings were awarded Tate because they have the worst record. It's an interesting nugget as it suggests that the Colts are looking for an upgrade on Dan "Boom" Herron as the backup to ineffective Trent Richardson. Meanwhile, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has publicly complained about his team's struggles to run the ball as Andre Ellington is averaging just 3.03 YPC over the last eight games. The good news for Ellington owners is that Arians doesn't have anywhere else to turn right now -- Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice are not threats.
Nov 20 - 10:50 AM

Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Browns.

On the surface, it makes sense. The Vikings were hoping to get Adrian Peterson back in the fold this week, but the NFL instead chose to suspend him for the remainder of the season. Minnesota also doesn't seem ready to hand the reins over to Jerick McKinnon, while Matt Asiata has seen his snaps cut since McKinnon came onto the scene. Asiata is also averaging a pitiful 2.08 YPC over the past five games. Look for Tate to take over as the short-yardage back, in addition to splitting reps between the 20s with McKinnon. It may take some time for Tate to learn OC Norv Turner's offense, so we're not rushing to the waiver wire to add Tate, who looked really bad for the Browns. He's merely an RB3 until proven otherwise.
Nov 19 - 4:13 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports ex-Browns RB Ben Tate "will be claimed" by a team before the Colts in the waiver order.

The Colts are 21st in line on waivers. There aren't any real obvious fits ahead of them, though the Ravens make some sense at 19th. Ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak and OC Rick Dennison are now in Baltimore. Tate played for Kubiak for four seasons. The Ravens have Justin Forsett locked in atop the depth chart, but Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce haven't mustered up much behind Forsett in recent weeks. The Dolphins could also make some sense at 20th, as coach Joe Philbin seems to love plodding backs. This is purely speculation on our end.
Nov 18 - 8:23 PM

ESPN reports the Colts have "begun researching" ex-Browns RB Ben Tate, and "appear interested in possibly claiming him" off waivers.

It would be an obvious fit, as the Colts have essentially no depth at running back after placing Ahmad Bradshaw (leg) on injured reserve. Trent Richardson is averaging 3.4 yards per carry, and Dan Herron has only 31 career totes.
Nov 18 - 6:49 PM

ESPN's Scott Brown reports the Steelers have "no interest" in waived RB Ben Tate.

Tate has been linked to the Steelers both by reports and pure speculation, but it's apparently not happening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are prepared to go forward with Josh Harris and Dri Archer behind Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh's running game would immediately go in the tank were Bell to get injured, but it's not as if Tate has been an impact player this season.
Nov 18 - 3:08 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports "someone on the Steelers' staff" called a Browns counterpart to ask about Ben Tate's release on Tuesday morning.

It would seem odd for the Steelers to be interested in a malcontent back after releasing one of their own on Tuesday, but they now have a gaping hole behind Le'Veon Bell on the depth chart. Although he has not played well this season, Tate appears poised to draw much more interest than LeGarrette Blount.
Nov 18 - 2:33 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Colts are unlikely to claim ex-Browns RB Ben Tate on waivers, but will "likely" be interested if he clears.

It's unclear if beat writer Mary Kay Cabot is simply spitballing, but she is reliable. Cabot reports the Broncos are "not interested." Tate is likely to draw more interest than fellow released back LeGarrette Blount, as he's younger, and has a much-shorter trail of incidents. Indy makes almost too much sense as a landing spot after the Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw.
Nov 18 - 1:51 PM

Browns waived RB Ben Tate.

Tate has been whining about his role after falling behind rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. He had only two carries in Sunday's loss, and was averaging just 2.15 YPC over his last six games. Tate's two-year free-agent deal from March contained no guaranteed money beyond this season. The Browns will establish a two-back committee going forward, with Crowell sliding ahead of West lately. Tate figures to draw interest from multiple teams, with the Colts a potential fit after losing Ahmad Bradshaw.
Nov 18 - 11:09 AM

Coach Mike Pettine says Ben Tate has fallen behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West on the depth chart because the Browns have been looking for more "explosiveness."

"It's explosiveness with the young backs," Pettine said. "Just a little more pop." Pettine's comments jibe with the reality, as Tate's YPC has slumped to 3.1. West hasn't been much better at 3.6, but Crowell is managing 4.6. The Browns' running back corps remains a weekly crapshoot where Tate could randomly take on big workloads, but he's an RB4/5 for fantasy purposes after handling all of two touches in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Nov 17 - 4:29 PM

Ben Tate rushed twice for -9 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Texans.

They were his lone two touches in a game where Isaiah Crowell (16 touches) took over as the Browns' clear feature back. Terrance West finished with five touches. Tate is just an RB4/5 in fantasy leagues at this point. He's fast plummeted down the depth chart and Tate's weekly complaining about his carries surely hasn't endeared him to the coaching staff. He'll be cut this offseason.
Nov 16 - 6:19 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Ben Tate
3Joe Banyard
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Ben Tate
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Joe Banyard
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Charles Johnson
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Adam Thielen
WR21Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
K1Blair Walsh