Ben Tate, RB, Browns: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Ben Tate, RB, Browns

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #24 73.00 CLE Active 5 years 25 5'11 215 @BenTateRB

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last 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.

Latest Update

Jul-29-14 Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential

Terrance West, a third-round draft pick out of Towson University, has been lighting it up at training camp. He's shown great receiving skills out of the backfield, outmaneuvering linebackers in the passing game. Wilbert Montgomery, the running backs coach of the Browns spoke on West, "Terrance West has some shades of Brian Westbrook. He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down with his left leg. He has that Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sideline move that I can accelerate or play like I'm going to accelerate and come back inside." Montgomery goes onto saying that West is special and has traits he hasn't seen in a while. The rookie running back will look to keep developing his skills and contend for a spot at the starting role.

Fantasy Analysis:

The Browns running game will be an interesting one this year. Tate has shown great promise, but he's also injury prone. Last year he had many problems including his hamstring, foot, shoulder, elbow, ribs toes and ankles. He finished the season on IR. I feel as though West will eventually usurp the starting position if Tate becomes too banged up during the season. I like West as a late-round pick up with lots of potential in the passing and running game. He is a big back that can beat you with his moves, or run you over. With a current ADP of 88, the rookie running back is going off the board with the likes of Jones-Drew, Bernard Pierce and Fred Jackson. I would confidently stash West as someone who may take over the starting position in the near future.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/29 - Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential
7/27 - Browns 'shocked' by RB Terrance West's receiving skills
7/23 - UPDATE: Browns RB Terrance West put on non-football injury list, will practice Friday Injury
7/23 - Browns RB Ben Tate 'penciled in' as starter
7/19 - Browns RB Ben Tate will enter training camp as 'slight favorite' to start

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
9.08 FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - OK, I really need to start stocking up on running backs. I decided to go with Tate, who I thought was a safer pick than any of the three Rams RBs I could have chosen here; I view them as more all-or-nothing picks. Tate had a forgettable 2012 season due to multiple injuries, but we shouldn't forget how good he looked in 2011. He gets meaningful work every week and is one injury away from being the clear-cut starter in a run-heavy offense with an above-average offensive line. He may be given a couple extra carries per game this season as the Texans try to keep Arian Foster's body from breaking down following three seasons of heavy usage.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
10.04 KFFL 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
10.09 FFToday - This is an upside pick for a player that will have a great chance to be a top ten fantasy star at his position should the first-stringer miss significant time.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
7.01 FantasySharks 
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