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RB Ben Tate - Cleveland Browns

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

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Summary

Ben Tate was brought to Cleveland via free agency to be the starting running back on what would be a pass-heavy (or at the very least, a well-balanced) attack. However, with start receiver Josh Gordon's suspension and the potential for a rookie starting quarterback, the Browns will have to lean toward a run-heavy attack. The good news for Tate is that Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan has had a lot of success in the running game. The bad news is that opposing defenses will be focusing on the run, and Tate has had a spotty-at-best injury history in limited action behind Arian Foster in Houston. Cleveland also brought in two rookies to compete with Tate and potentially form a committee of backs. (May 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 25, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23, 25, 27, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 30, 31, 42
Overall Redraft - 57, 27, 31, 43, 49, 52, 53, 53, 55, 57, 58, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 26, 14, 14, 17, 19, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 43
Overall Redraft PPR - 58, 27, 31, 43, 44, 50, 51, 55
RB Dynasty - 27, 20, 21, 22, 24, 32, 53
Overall Dynasty - 81, 62, 68, 69, 74

Stats and Projections

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2011 HOU 15 175 942 4 20 13 98 0
2012 HOU 11 65 279 2 11 11 49 0
2013 HOU 14 181 771 4 49 34 140 0 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 175 * * 27 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 225 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 210 * * 25 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 201 * * 34 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 53
RB: 24
Overall-PPR: 64
RB-PPR: 27

Cleveland Browns Team Links

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  Jason Wood - July 22
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  Jeff Pasquino - July 18
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Articles from around the web

Fantasy Power Rankings No. 26 - Cleveland
  Tyler Loechner - July 17
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  Russell Manalastas - July 16
Cleveland Runs
  Lance Zierlein - July 8
Nowhere To Run: A Look At The Cleveland Browns Backfield
  Dan Heins - July 5
Fantasy Film Study: Examining the Browns' backfield
  Alex Gelhar - July 3
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  Ryan McKee - July 2
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  Brad Evans - June 29
Fantasy football busts and risky players for 2014
  Tim Heaney - June 24
Fantasy Impact Of The New Offensive Coordinators For 2014
  Eric Heidelmark - June 17
Fantasy Football Tips: Josh Gordon, Ben Tate and tight ends
  Tim Heaney - June 12

Latest News

Browns | Ben Tate, Terrance West might be great battle (Wed Jul 23, 01:02 AM) - Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Our View: Watch this competition unfold in training camp. Tate was added in free agency after spending the start of his pro career as a talented backup behind Arian Foster in Houston. West was a third-round pick this year, and the big back produced in college at Towson. The Browns also added talented UDFA Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State, Georgia transfer) after the draft. Running back talent is not a problem for Cleveland.
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Browns | Offense to focus on ground game (Fri Jul 11, 06:28 PM) - Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team's offense will be based on running the football heavily. 'I'm going to stand back and let this competition develop and may the best man win, but our offense is gonna be predicated on running the football and being physical in the run game also,' Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'You can't just ask both quarterbacks to stand back there and throw the ball 35, 40 times a game.'

Our View: It's a Kyle Shanahan offense in Cleveland. We'll see an emphasis on zone-running to set up play-action passes. Fantasy owners can expect the workload to be split between the likes of Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. Tate's current ADP is RB28 (6.05) while West's is RB36 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Pittsburgh Steelers
2vs New Orleans Saints
3vs Baltimore Ravens
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Tennessee Titans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Oakland Raiders
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Cincinnati Bengals
11vs Houston Texans
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Carolina Panthers
17@ Baltimore Ravens