Ben Tate | Houston Texans | RB
2013 Experience: 4th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: After almost running for a 1,000 yards in his first active season in the NFL, Tate struggled with injury again. While Tate’s play wasn’t as strong as he was in 2011, he has all the motivation for a big year in 2013, as he’s in a contract season.
The Texans brought in four talented undrafted running backs (I know, sounds funny to say, but true) in the draft this year and the team will be pressed for cap help next off-season. Add it up and Tate will be gone after this year. That basically means Tate will be gone after this year.
With the market cold for most free agents this off-season, it would be in Tat’s best interest to be prepared for a big production, when his name is called. Look to Tate as a hand-cuff to Arian Foster and a respectable upside stash in the late rounds of your redrafts.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Ben Tate here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Second year tailback Ben Tate showed us why the Texans thought enough of him to draft him as a second-round pick in 2010, as he filled in well for Arian Foster with a 5.4 yard per carry average on 175 attempts.
Foster will be the main runner in this offense, but Tate has to be consider the best hand cuff back in fantasy, as he’s an instant RB2 / RB1 if Foster should miss time. Tate is even worth throwing in your lineup (as a flex) against weak run defenses or during bye weeks, as the game scripts will feature the running game.
The Texans did lose a couple offensive linemen this off-season but the addition of guard Brandon Books will give this line some more physicality. Currently going as the 37th running back (8.05, 12 team standard leagues) off the board in his recent ADP trends, Tate is a respectable mid round stash.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
This may be Ben Tate’s second official year with the Texans, but it will essentially be his rookie season, as he missed 2010 with an injury (broken fibula) in preseason. Tate was having trouble pickup the Texans’ offense before his injury, and it was likely the Texans were going to give Arian Foster the feature job to begin the season, even if Tate wasn’t hurt.
As it turned out, Foster became one of the more dangerous runners in the game and is now entrenched as the feature back for Houston. Tate could still be a contributor with this offense, but he will need to show he’s improved since last touching the field, before the coach will trust him over Derrick Ward.
A former second round pick, Tate has the skills to be an option if Foster goes down for a length of time, but again, he will need to show improvement and move up to second on the Texans running back depth chart, for that to be a possibility.
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Ben Tate was selected by the Texans in the second round but suffered a season ending injury in the preseason. Arian Foster is entrenched as the starter for this team in the future and Tate will be his backup for 2011.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
College / 2010 NFL Draft: Ben Tate had himself a very productive year with the Auburn Tigers as he ripped off a three game streak of over 125 yards a game at one point. While Tate wasn’t one of the highlight names at running back for the 2010 draft, he was selected in the second round.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Tate didn’t really get going in OTA’s until June because of a hamstring injury. With Steve Slaton recovering from a neck problem, he won’t be able to compete for the teams starting job this season. Knowing this, the starting job will come down to Arian Foster and Tate to see who wins.
Slaton will be the teams third down back, and it will be either Tate or Foster that gets the bulk of the work and goal line opportunities. Early on Foster is the favorite to start for the Texans week one as he had a productive finish to the year and has been with the team longer.
If Tate can stay on the field and healthy he should take over the job at some point. In the end, this will probably be another up and down year in the running game with coaching staff mixing things up all the time. If you take Tate you might be frustrated, by the way, the Texans handle their running situation.
- Hard Runner
- Potential Touchdown Maker
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