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RB Ben Tate - Minnesota Vikings

5-11, 220Born: 8-21-1988College: AuburnDrafted: Round 2

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Week 16: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Asiata handled 18 touches on the football at Detroit last week, with 11/36/1 rushing and 7/50/0 receiving - he's the best of the remaining backs in Minnesota and will likely see a similar workload in Weeks 16 and 17. The Dolphins' rush D is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 122.4 yards given up per game, with 10 rushing scores given away to date. They allowed 29/108/2 to the Patriots last week, and 31/183/2 to the Dolphins two weeks ago. This is a good matchup for Asiata.

Recent Stats and Projections

13 vs CAR 5 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 vs NYJ 3 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 at DET 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 1 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * 0 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 5 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CAR (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For the most part, Tate didn't do anything more than dip his toe in the offense. He looked fine, but there wasn't enough of him to see exactly how comfortable he will be with a larger share of carries. Tate did have a nice 9-yard run early in the fourth quarter. On the play, he took the handoff and ran up the middle, but found the hole jammed with defenders. Tate then cut the ball outside, slipping a tackle as he did, and found himself with some open space. He out-ran another defender, but then dropped his head to deliver a hit instead of trying to outmaneuver a tackler, who held him long enough for another defender to show up and take Tate down. The rest of his runs were unremarkable.

2014 Week 14 vs NYJ (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Tate might as well be placed behind a "Break Glass in Case of Emergency" sign for all the use he gets. He ran the ball well in relief but it's clear by the workload he's either not ready or they don't believe in him.

2014 Week 15 vs DET (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

What is it about the Vikings and getting players mid-season who cannot contribute even after a month on the roster? Last year it was Josh Freeman, and this year we have Ben Tate. After being acquired in late November Tate has worked on learning the playbook, but has yet to really have an impact on a game. Even with Jerrick McKinnon out with an injury and Matt Asiata struggling Tate doesn't get snaps and when he does, doesn't do much with them. He continued that trend against the Detroit Lions, showing very little speed or power in his few carries. In his partial defense, it's hard to gain yards when all you do is go up the middle against a front four like the Lions have. However, his limited integration on the gameplan seems to be an indication that he is not currently capable of much more.


Latest News

Vikings | Ben Tate, Joe Banyard may see more time (Mon Dec 8, 05:16 PM) - 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 carries during the game.

Our View: Asiata is an average talent--he's basically a fullback who runs hard and can catch a few passes out of the backfield. Tate was added earlier this year after the Browns released him. Banyard was a star RB at UTEP, but injuries slowed down his college career. The most talented back is arguably Banyard, but this looks like an ugly 3-headed RBBC that fantasy owners should avoid.
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