Ben Tate, RB, Browns
|RB - #24||61.82||CLE||Questionable||5 years||26||5'11||215||@BenTateRB|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-08-2014 by Rob Warner
Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract to be the lead back for the Browns. In 2013, Cleveland's ground game was anemic. Their 86 rushing yards per game ranked sixth-worst. The 25-year-old Auburn alum spent the first three years of his career backing up Arian Foster in Houston. He has missed eight games over the past three seasons. In Cleveland, Tate will run behind one of the league's better offensive lines, which ranked 12th overall by Pro Football Focus (18th in run blocking). Over his brief career, Tate has averaged 140 carries for 664 yards (48 YPG) with an impressive 4.7 YPC. He lacks game-breaking speed, yet possesses sufficient size (5-foot-11, 215 lbs.) to handle 15 to 20 carries per game. In his 11 career games with at least 15 carries, he averaged 12 FPPG. The Browns added Terrance West in the 2014 NFL Draft, so Tate is unlikely to dominate touches; however, Cleveland is expected to employ a run-focused attack under Kyle Shanahan (especially with Josh Gordon's lengthy suspension expected). Tate had 34 catches in 2013, yet West is expected to dominate third-down touches which will limit Tate's upside in PPR leagues. Tate makes for a solid RB2 worth targeting in Round 6 because of his 66.24 ADP.
Ben Tate returned to Browns practice on Tuesday after missing two games with a right knee sprain. Tate had previously suggested a Week 5 return was in order, and now that seems very likely. In Tate's absence, Browns RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell split carries.Fantasy Analysis:
It sounds like Tate will reclaim the starting role immediately. Cleveland's run blocking is very solid, and Tate has a very favorable matchup against the Titans, who have allowed 127 rushing yards per game this season. Tate stacks up as a good RB2 play in Week 5. Injuries remain the long-term concern for Tate, who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his NFL career. It's worth noting that Crowell has apparently passed West for the No. 2 role in Cleveland. Crowell is the more physically talented back, and should be considered the preferred handcuff for Tate owners.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/30 - Browns RB Ben Tate returns to practice Tuesday
9/10 - Browns RB Ben Tate says knee injury is 'nothing that serious'
9/10 - UPDATE: Browns RB Ben Tate will 'likely' miss 2-4 weeks with knee sprain
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.03||Mr. Landry - Not what I wanted for my RB2. He's got tremendous upside, but the question marks are scary. However, I think if he stays healthy the job is his and he'll put up very good numbers in a run-first offense.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
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