27-Year-Old Running Back – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ben Tate in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Ben Tate Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Steelers in December of 2014.
Tate will work out for the 49ers on Tuesday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ben Tate.
When Tate finally left Arian Foster's shadow in Houston this offseason to sign a two-year deal with the Browns, who'd just brought in run-friendly offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, it looked like he could finally be heading for the featured role his fantasy owners have always dreamed about. However, early indications are that third-round pick Terrance West will spell Tate frequently even though he's set to be the No. 1 ballcarrier. A 5-10, 220-pound wrecking ball with elite speed and solid tackle-breaking ability, Tate averaged 4.3 YPC last year despite being pained for the entire second half by the four cracked ribs he acquired in Week 7. A fifth cracked rib ended up knocking him out for the last two games of the season, but he's all healed up and ready to go this year. Unfortunately, splitting off some carries isn't Tate's only problem with his new franchise. The Browns will probably work in first-round quarterback Johnny Manziel gradually, meaning Tate will likely start out taking his handoffs from underwhelming career backup Brian Hoyer. Worse, elite receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season, robbing the Browns of their only real receiving weapon outside of tight end Jordan Cameron. That means opposing defenses will be keying on the run, especially on early downs, and no one's giving awards for run blocking to the Cleveland offensive line. That does create an opportunity for Tate to produce in the pass game, where he's been relatively productive despite limited opportunities. He owns a respectable 73.4 percent catch rate for his career, and though his yards per catch are rather low, the Browns will need big plays from Tate and should certainly be looking to get him the ball in space.
Nagging toe and hamstring injuries cost Tate five games last year and limited him throughout a disappointing season. If he can stay healthy this season, he'll reprise his 2011 role when he emerged as arguably the league's best backup while Arian Foster missed three games. At 5-11, 214 and with more long speed than Foster, Tate has averaged 5.1 YPC for his career. Houston has been the promised land for running backs with its zone-blocking system and offensive line that sets up running lanes as well as any team in the league. So if Foster – who's seen more than 1,100 touches in three years – were to go down, Tate could become a star.
Tate had four fumbles in limited work last year and isn’t nearly the receiver Arian Foster is, but he also averaged 5.4 YPC, which was tied for second best in the NFL (minimum 100 carries). Tate forced 30 missed tackles – only 10 backs had more, while 45 saw more snaps. There’s little question Houston’s system is the best in the NFL right now for RB production, and while Tate has battled injuries in the past, when healthy he’s proven to be not only adequate but a top-15-type talent. Consequently, if Foster were to go down, Tate could easily be a top-three fantasy commodity. Players with this rare type of upside should be drafted aggressively.
After Houston traded up in the second round to draft Tate (1,362 yards, 5.2 YPC and 10 touchdowns as a senior) he entered 2010 as the favorite to become the Texans' lead ball carrier. Instead, he missed the entire year after fracturing his fibula and tearing ankle ligaments in the preseason. Tate is big and strong and surprisingly ran a 4.43 40 at the Combine, which was the third fastest time recorded by a running back. Tate received full medical clearance in February and enters camp competing with Derrick Ward to back up Arian Foster. Houston's backfield has become the best environment in the NFL, so taking a flier on Tate could pay huge dividends if Foster were to go down with an injury.
After three nondescript seasons at Auburn, Tate busted out as a senior last year, rushing for 1,362 yards (5.2 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. He’s not known for his receiving, but he’s also not completely worthless as a pass catcher either, and his pass protection is considered NFL ready. At 5-11, 218, Tate is big and strong, but he also surprisingly ran a 4.43 40 at the Combine, which was the third fastest time recorded by a running back. After Houston's struggles running the football last season (team YPC of 3.5 was tied for second worst in NFL), adding a RB was priority No. 1 for the Texans’ offseason, so it came as no surprise when the team traded up to draft Tate in the second round. Steve Slaton has plenty of talent and is capable of rebounding, but there’s also no guarantee he makes a full recovery after undergoing surgery on his neck. Slaton is likely thought of as more of a third-down back by Houston anyway, and while the undrafted Arian Foster is another back competing for touches, the Texans coaching staff seems to love Tate. Houston’s offense is one of the best in the NFL, so any ballcarrier who can emerge as a workhorse in this system has top-five upside. Tate looks like the favorite.