Ben Tate, RB, Browns
|RB - #24||62.57||CLE||Active||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.
What took so long? Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld on appeal. The suspension is effective immediately. He won't be able to play this year and will have to file for reinstatement to play in 2015, which will be determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.Fantasy Analysis:
And because it took so much time for the suspension to be handed down, Gordon will now miss basically all of next season's training camp even if he gains reinstatement. Although he deserves some sympathy for how this process was handled -- and the league's ridiculously stringent standards on marijuana -- the fact remains that Gordon screwed up again and is without a safety net for the rest of his career. Another violation could mean a lifetime ban.
The NFL's leading receiver being suspended for an entire season is a big headline. But in fantasy, this isn't a top story. This has been expected for months. Yes, there were reports recently about how Gordon might be suspended for only eight games, but that seemed to be wishful thinking. Most fantasy owners have been ignoring Gordon and they can continue to do so.
The Browns will have Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins represent their top wideouts, but tight end Jordan Cameron will probably be the No. 1 option in this passing game. However, all of their values will be tempered by the Browns' run-heavy offense. The success of Ben Tate and Terrance West will truly tell how far this offense goes in 2014.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/27 - It's official, finally: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year
7/29 - Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential
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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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