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Ben Tate | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted: 12/30/2014 4:17pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB Ben Tate (Vikings) Tuesday, Dec. 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Tate, who only averaged 3.1 yards per carry on 119 combined attempts with the Browns and Vikings this season, could be the Steelers' main back Saturday night in the wild-card matchup with the stingy Ravens' run defense.

Posted: 12/30/2014 1:08pm et
Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Vikings) is visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Dec. 30. He could be signed by the end of the day.
Huddle Up: The Steelers passed on Tate when he was released by the Browns in November, but he certainly looks a lot better now with Le'Veon Bell and his hyperextended knee a major wild-card-round question mark.

Posted: 12/23/2014 7:45pm et
The Minnesota Vikings released RB Ben Tate on Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: That's two trips to the waiver wire in as many months for Tate, whose stay in the Twin Cities netted 38 rushing yards on 13 carries in three games.

Posted: 12/9/2014 12:27am et
Minnesota Vikings RBs Ben Tate and Joe Banyard could receive more carries, because head coach Mike Zimmer thought RB Matt Asiata received too many carries in Week 14. Asiata received 19 of the 23 rushing attempts during the game.
Huddle Up: Another RBBC -- especially with this group -- certainly won't do fantasy GMs any favors.

Posted: 11/19/2014 6:02pm et
Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Nov. 19. Tate gives the team much-needed depth at the running back position, with RBs Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) both missing practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. McKinnon leads the team with 484 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average, while Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and a one receiving TD, but he has just 3.3 yards per carry.
Huddle Up: Not the ideal landing spot for those fantasy owners who decided to stick with Tate as it shapes up as a three-headed RBBC in the Twin Cities with McKinnon projecting as the back with the most upside.

Posted: 11/18/2014 11:37pm et
The Indianapolis Colts have started researching free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns), including his character and potential fit in the team's scheme, and appear interested in possibly claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, a source said Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Indy is definitely in the RB market after losing Ahmad Bradshaw to a leg fracture this past Sunday, so hang on to Tate if you can to see where he lands.

Posted: 11/18/2014 3:42pm et
Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) may already have drawn interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers after being released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, Nov. 18. A Steelers staff member reportedly called a Cleveland Browns staff member asking about Tate's release.
Huddle Up: The Steel City would be a logical landing spot for Tate as Pittsburgh released No. 2 RB LeGarrette Blount earlier in the day. Diminutive rookie Dri Archer is the only active RB on the roster behind starter Le'Veon Bell, and Tate rushed for 119 and two TDs in his two games against the Steelers earlier this season.

Posted: 11/18/2014 3:10pm et
The Cleveland Browns waived RB Ben Tate on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Tate has rushed for only 90 yards on 53 carries -- yes, that's a 1.7 average -- over the last five games and complained about his workload. This frees up rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to split the workload and both have taken turns shouldering the majority of the touches in the last two weeks.

Posted: 11/11/2014 4:20pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate said he's frustrated with his role in the offense, and he thinks he's been running well.
Huddle Up: Rookie Terrance West appears to have assumed the lead role in the Browns' backfield, logging 26 touches (all rushing attempts) to Tate's 12 in the team's 24-3 Week 10 win over the Bengals. Rookie Isaiah Crowell also ran the ball 12 times in the game. Tate, however, certainly hasn't helped his cause in averaging only 2.3 yards per carry in the five games since his 124-yard outing in Week 5.

Posted: 11/3/2014 12:06am et
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West carried a team-high 15 times for 48 yards in the Week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, surging ahead of RB Ben Tate who has held to just three yards on 10 carries. RB Isaiah Crowell did not receive an offensive snap. 'When you looked at the tape and really compared the three, we feel (Tate's) really coming on,' head coach Mike Pettine said Sunday, Nov. 2. 'He's earned those touches, and when he gets out there he does make the most of them.'
Huddle Up: It's not easy to predict the Browns backfield rotation from week-to-week but right now West's fantasy arrow is pointing up. He should be a waiver wire priority this week.

Posted: 10/21/2014 11:06am et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were held to 69 yards on 33 carries in Week 7, and head coach Mike Pettine suggested a change was coming for the trio. 'We'll have a discussion this week as to how to best rotate those guys,' Pettine said. West was benched Sunday, Oct. 19, after failing to pick up a first down in two short-yardage situations. He had room to run on both carries but danced in the hole on one carry and ran into his lineman on the other.
Huddle Up: Tate had been mostly effective until last week; in his absence the tag-team of Crowell and West had success as well. Based on recent events--including Sunday's benching--the best guess is that Crowell and Tate will battle for the lead role with the other serving as a change of pace, with West the odd man out. It's a volatile fantasy situation at best.

Posted: 10/2/2014 3:53pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is expected to start in Week 5 if he is able to play because Tate's experience allows the team to expand their playbook. RB Terrance West has been in front of RB Isaiah Crowell on the depth chart, but head coach Mike Pettine said Crowell may deserve more playing time. 'It's not an easy problem because if you spread it too thin over three then you run the risk of none of them really getting into the groove of the game,' Pettine said. 'If you restrict it to just two, now you're looking at potentially having a guy that's fresh on the sideline that's not doing anything. It is an issue and you kind of have to play it by ear.'
Huddle Up: Tate has been able to participate in practice this week, and it's looking like he'll see his first action since Week 1. For now, plan on having Tate available if you need him in your Week 5 starting lineup, and downgrade the fantasy values for Crowell and West.

Posted: 9/30/2014 4:42pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the first time since spraining his right knee in the season opener Sept. 7. Tate was wearing a brace on his knee while doing individual drills. It means that Tate is likely to return to action in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He's expected to return to the starting lineup, too, despite the solid play of RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in his absence. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said last week. "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."
Huddle Up: There's always the injury risk hanging over Tate's head, but if he plays, he'll projects as the team's top fantasy RB option with the 2 rookies splitting the leftover carries.

Posted: 9/19/2014 2:06pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3.
Huddle Up: That of course means another week with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell shouldering the load. Last week vs. the Saints, West had 21 touches, 90 total yards and a TD, while Crowell had 12 for 57 and no TDs. Neither lost a fumble.

Posted: 9/15/2014 8:53pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) likely will not be able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Rookies Terrance West (90 total yards, TD) and Isaiah Crowell (57 yards) stepped in ably Sunday, and their fantasy owners will again have them as starting options Week 3 against the Ravens.

Posted: 9/10/2014 9:18am et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) will miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain. No surgery is required at this point. RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will fill in for Tate.
Huddle Up: Shocking that the oft-injured Tate didn't even last one game with his new team. West and Crowell both played well in Tate's absence, and that may be the Browns' backfield duo going forward; in other words, Tate may not necessarily return to a full-time gig when healthy.

Posted: 9/9/2014 2:51pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Tate, who finished Week 1 with 6 carries for 41 yards, left in the second quarter and didn't return with the unspecified knee issue. That's not good news -- especially given his injury history. Meanwhile, the Browns turned out to be more than fine using rookies Terrance West (16 rushes-100 yards) and Isaiah Crowell (5-32, 2 TDs) and might not be inclined to rush Tate back into action even if the injury turns out be minor.

Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: The Browns traded up to get West, so he's definitely a franchise favorite. And with Josh Gordon sidelined, the Browns will have to run plenty so whomever wins this epic battle is looking at significant fantasy value.

Posted: 6/12/2014 8:43pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate was nicked up at minicamp this week but took repetitions when he was able to, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough offseason health-wise for a number of the Browns' key offensive players, but this doesn't sound like anything more than your average RB wear and tear.