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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    MIN @ STL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NE @ MIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    MIN @ NO

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    MIN @ BUF

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    MIN @ TB

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    WAS @ MIN

  • Week 10 - Nov 09


  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    GB @ MIN

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CAR @ MIN

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NYJ @ MIN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    MIN @ DET

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    MIN @ MIA

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CHI @ MIN

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    JAC 23 @ MIN 26

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    MIN 20 @ IND 23

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    SF 13 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    MIN 20 @ DET 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    TEN 7 @ MIN 30

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    MIN @ WAS

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    ARI @ MIN

  • Week 8 - Oct 25

    TB @ MIN

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    MIN @ SEA

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 18


  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    TB 24 @ MIN 20

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DET 26 @ MIN 23

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIN 17 @ KC 22

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    ARI 10 @ MIN 34

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    MIN 10 @ CHI 39

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    GB 33 @ MIN 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    MIN 24 @ CAR 21

  • Week 9 - Nov 06


  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 7 @ GB 45

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    OAK 27 @ MIN 21

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DEN 35 @ MIN 32

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    MIN 28 @ DET 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NO 42 @ MIN 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    MIN 33 @ WAS 26

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    MIN 9 @ NO 14

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    MIA 14 @ MIN 10

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DET 10 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03


  • Week 5 - Oct 11

    MIN 20 @ NYJ 29

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DAL 21 @ MIN 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    MIN 24 @ GB 28

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    MIN 18 @ NE 28

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    ARI 24 @ MIN 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 13 @ CHI 27

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    GB 31 @ MIN 3

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    MIN 17 @ WAS 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    BUF 14 @ MIN 38

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    NYG 21 @ MIN 3

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    CHI 40 @ MIN 14

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    MIN 24 @ PHI 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    MIN 13 @ DET 20


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Ben Tate

Minnesota Vikings

2010 - 2011 Statistics

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                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats         175       942      4       13        19         98      0         128.0      8.5

2010 Stats          INJURED

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Fantasy Outlook 2010

Tater-Tot will be seeing some quality field action right away with the Texans.  Quarterback Matt Schaub had glowing reviews about Tate after OTAs, saying he was impressed by his speed and his attention to the playbook and everything happening around him.  Most importantly, Tate provides the power-back that the Texans desperately need.  Last year in a game against Arizona, with a minute to left and down by a touchdown, the Texans had the ball at the Cardinals 1-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in because they didn’t have a power-back.  Tate will be that guy this year for them.  He’ll mostly be utilized in the red zone, as he’ll likely be behind Steve Slaton and Arian Foster on the depth chart to start the season, but he will still have an impact.

~ The Texans ranked 30th in rushing last year, so they can only go up

~ Schaub is becoming one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, thereby opening up space for his backs... including Tate

~ Slaton is coming back from injury and Foster doesn't really excel at any one thing, so Tate could find more time than expected

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If you’ve never heard of Ben Tate, don’t feel embarrassed.  Not many people have.  He probably had the quietest 3,000 yard career at Auburn ever.  He barely played his freshman year, rushed for 900 yards his sophomore year, only 650 junior year, but then he had a breakout 1,362 yards his senior season.  Amazingly he is fifth on Auburn’s prestigious career rushing list behind names such as Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams and ahead of Ronnie Brown.

Yet, we’re here to talk about touchdowns, because that’s what can get you the most fantasy points, and that’s exactly what Ben Tate will be doing.  Tate scored 24 TDs overall in college - 10 of those came his senior season.  This 5’11”, 220-pound back is tough to bring down.  Just ask All-American safety Eric Berry:

He's basically a bulldog disguised as a tiger because he has speed as well.  Although he lacks creativity in the open field, his 4.43 time in the 40 at the NFL Combine ranked third best among running backs, behind Jahvid Best and C.J. Spiller.  He’s got some mad game.

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 "He came in and understood his roles and responsibilities so that's very encouraging because they all can run. But at this level it's about catching the ball out of the backfield, it's pass protection, it's understanding the bigger picture and all (our running backs) do that, but I think Ben fits our mold and it's going to be exciting once they put the pads on in training camp to see what they can do."

-Matt Schaub at OTAs on Houston's running backs, particularly Ben Tate


Ben Tate is stronger than Tim Tebow

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Ben signed a four-year contract with the Texans just before training camp began.  The terms of the deal are still unknown:

2010 - Under Contract

2011 - Under Contract

2012 - Under Contract

2013 - Under Contract

2014 - Free Agent

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One of the tougher situations to put a finger on, so if you have Tate on your team, you'll want to have both Steve Slaton and Arian Foster as well

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Strength Of Schedule

SOS - Houston Texans


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Injury Report


Although Tate didn't have to deal with injuries in college and had no problem taking on a full load last year at Auburn, he ended up fracturing his right fibula and tearing a few ankle ligaments in the first pre-season game of his career. The Texans placed him on Injured Reserve, so Ben's season is officially over

Tate Trot To Vikes

Minnesota Vikings digging in the free-agency pool and fishing out Ben Tate. ESPN reporter Field Yates reported via twitter "Vikings have claimed RB Ben Tate."

Pyro's take: At this point Minnesota also doesn't seem ready to hand the reins over to Jerick McKinnon, while Matt Asiata is also averaging a pitiful 2.08 YPC over the past five games. Tate should probably be involved in short yardage, until he can grasp the offense.

11/19/14, 04:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

RBBBC in Cleveland

Ben Tate, Isiah Crowell, and Terrance West will be targeted for carries tonight. According to Browns analyst Tony Grossi via twitter "Told all 3 #Browns RBs expected to get carries tonite. Hot hand may dictate overall numbers."

Pyro's take: This a mess, as who will get the best of the carries or points is like catching rain drops in the sun. I would speculate that more of the points would fall to West, then Tate, and lastly Crowell.

11/06/14, 06:40 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Tate PROBABLE, but considers himself QUESTIONABLE

Week 5 INJURY REPORT: PROBABLE (Knee) - After being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, Tate got in his first full practice since Week 1 and will play this Sunday against Tennessee.

Pyro's take: The problem here is that after practice on Friday, Tate stated his concern on how his knee would respond to the full practice and called himself more QUESTIONABLE to play than PROBABLE. Our guess is that Balky Ben plays in this game, but will be limited in his return and might only see 10 or so touches, making him a risky FLEX option despite the nice matchup.

10/04/14, 12:12 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Tater Tot

Ben Tate will return back to the starting line-up this Sunday, and it will be a welcoming sign for all Cleveland, unless he finds himself back on the injured list before the game is over.

Tate was a risk, Cleveland got him for cheap, because Houston didn't want to pay him to rest some kind of injury he picked up during the regular season.

It didn't take long for Cleveland to realize exactly why Houston didn't pay him, as he couldn't make it through the first game, he had only six carries that day against Pittsburgh, and then shelved.

He looks ready to go now, besides the limited practices, and will face a Tennessee Titans defense.

Tate is one of those players that does the little things very well. He can block and he can catch, he also can be a solid running back, but he just can't stay healthy.

Pyro's take: Ben Tate is the starting running back, and because he can catch, he is easily a three-down back. This of course puts more of risk on his body.

Look for Isiah Crowell to ease that risk, and get more carries than he would normally if Tate didn't have any health issues. If you are an owner of either Tate, Crowell, or Terrance West, I would keep and hold any or all. As for depth, I would say Tate is the lead back, followed by Crowell, then West.

10/03/14, 11:51 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cleveland.com

Ben Tate-primed for RBBC?

Terry Pluto in an article for Cleveland.com has stated that head coach Mike Pettine is installing an RBBC for the Cleveland Brown backfield, and Ray Farmer, the general manager, deserves credit for signing Ben Tate and drafting Terrance West in the third round. Tate has battled injuries for much of his career, and last season rushed for 771 yards and 4.3 carry average, Tate is only 25.

West rushed for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns at Towson State, which is in the old division 1-AA.

Pettine stated "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee. You'd like to have that guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys...you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there."

Pyro's take: If Mike Pettine is truly committed to the RBBC, and it sounds like he is, Ben Tate just took a major dip in ADP. Ben is a solid number one full-time back, but as mentioned just can't seem to stay healthy, and the Browns are not exactly built to lose their starter, and have the rest of their season dependent on a rookie from Towson State. Drop Tate in your tiers and raise Terrance West, and make sure if you draft one hand-cuff the other.

06/28/14, 06:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cleveland.com

Ben Tate now a Brownie

Ben Tate has signed a new contract which allows him to be part of the Cleveland Browns. The contract is reportedly to be a two year deal worth $7 million. This contract is great for both sides, as the economics protect Cleveland, as they paid Tate less than what Jacksonville got for Toby Gerhart. On the flip side, this will allow Tate to showcase his skills as a primary back.

Pyro's take: The main issue here for Ben Tate is his inability to stay healthy. He has had his chance with Arian Foster going down from injury, but Tate also suffered from broken ribs, and eventually shut down. His rookie year he missed all 16 games, and four in 2012 with foot and hamstring problems. The upside is that when healthy, Tate can be explosive, and catch the ball out of the backfield. He should be counted on as an every down back..let's just hope he doesn't end up hurting his wrist signing a new lease to a home in Cleveland.

03/15/14, 07:22 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espncleveland.com

Tate close to signing with Browns

The Browns are frontrunners to land Texans free agent running back Ben Tate, according to multiple sources.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Tate is already in Cleveland visiting with Browns, whose running game finished tied for 27th in the NFL last year. NFL Network also reported that the Browns are his most likely destination.

The Browns contemplated trading for Tate, 25, last season, but opted to wait for him to become a free agent instead.

Tate (5-11, 217) is a former second-round pick out of Auburn in 2010.

Pyro's take: Tate has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but if he signs with the Browns he will get a chance to be the guy. When Tate was drafted he suffered an injury and lost his starting job to an undrafted rookie named Arian Foster. There is no Foster in Cleveland, and if he can stay healthy he will have a good chance to be a viable fantasy option in 2014.

The Browns have weapons in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, so Tate would have help to keep the pressure off the running game. The likely addition of a rookie quarterback also adds to the emphasis the team will put on the running game to take the pressure off their young signal caller. That means more opportunities for Ben. If Tate stays healthy and signs in Cleveland, he could be a nice sleeper in 2014.

03/12/14, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cleveland.com