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RB Ben Tate - Minnesota Vikings

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 18): Tate was waived by the Browns this week. It could mean more value for him if he actually ends up on a RB needy team like the Colts.

General News (Wed Nov 19): was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The ongoing legal wrangles about Adrian Peterson's playing status this year will keep him off the field in Week 12, meaning that the Vikings will continue to roll with Jerick McKinnon () and Matt Asiata vs. the Packers. Back in Week 5, Asiata led the team in rushing with 15/72/0 to his credit, while McKinnon posted 7/24/0 rushing and 3/22/0 receiving. Since then, the two have flip-flopped on the depth chart, with McKinnon now getting the bulk of the work, while Asiata is mixed in as a change-of-pace option (and an occasional TD vulture). Last week, McKinnon handled 8/38/0 rushing and 4/20/0 receiving at Chicago, while Asiata managed 1/2/0 rushing and 3/12/0 receiving in his secondary role. The Packers' rush D has limited Philadelphia (31/109/0) and Chicago (24/55/0) to zero rushing scores over the past two weeks, averaging 89 rushing yards allowed per contest during that narrow window. To date, the Packers are averaging 139.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out - they have been playing much more stalwart rush D of late, though. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Vikings, with neither team holding the edge entering Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 15 26 1 1 1 8 0 0
9 vs TB 10 3 0 4 4 29 0 0
10 at CIN 10 34 1 2 2 27 0 0
11 vs HOU 2 -9 0 1 0 0 0 0
12 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 5 * * 0 * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 3 * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 3 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs TB (10 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Tate did not look impressive against the porous Buccaneers run defense. Due to Tate's ineffectiveness, Terrance West led the Browns in carries on Sunday. Tate's desire to dance when faced with defenders severely limits his ability to gain yardage. On numerous occasions, Tate's indecision closed up any running lanes that he might have otherwise had. While the Browns offensive line has been dreadful against the run since Alex Mack's injury, Tate has no excuse for his pedestrian stat line.

2014 Week 10 vs CIN (10 / 34 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

After starting the season as the Browns' starting running back, Ben Tate seems to have faded back in between the second and third running back in the Browns offense. Tate did not show much more than average running ability throughout the game, and as one watches the tape, one is perpetually waiting for Tate to flash some talent. Tate still is valuable on passing downs, as he was the only Browns running back to catch a pass. However, things are looking bleak for Tate.

2014 Week 11 vs HOU (2 / -9 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ben Tate looked old in his two carries on Sunday. He was unable to reach the edge for a six-yard loss, and just fell down on a 3rd and 25 draw for a three-yard loss.


Latest News

Vikings | Ben Tate will play (Sun Nov 23, 09:45 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active Sunday, Nov. 23, and have a role in Week 12. RB Matt Asiata will be inactive.

Our View: Having an inexperienced backup in the system could be a good thing for Jerick McKinnon's prospects today against the sometime weak Green Bay run defense.
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon still the lead back (Thu Nov 20, 01:52 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will retain the lead-back role, even after the team claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said Tate was brought in for insurance because both McKinnon and RB Matt Asiata (concussion) were dealing with injuries this week. McKinnon said he will be ready for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. However, Asiata's status is in doubt. “We’re excited about Jerick and what he’s done and I see him as our running back,' Turner said. “He’s been limited in practice last week and couldn’t practice (Wednesday) So you got to protect yourself, obviously with Matt not being able to practice (Wednesday) and in doubt as to whether he’ll play or not.'

Our View: It's going to be a tough matchup and the Vikings have had so many issues along the offensive line that it limits McKinnon's upside an buries him as an RB3.
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Vikings | Ben Tate gives Vikes depth (Wed Nov 19, 05:07 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate gives the team much-needed depth at the running back position, with RBs Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) both missing practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: The Vikings needed to add better depth, especially after Adrian Peterson's suspension was upheld by an independent arbitrator. McKinnon leads the team with 484 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average, while Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and a one receiving TD, but he has just 3.3 yards per carry.
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Vikings | Vikings claim Ben Tate (Wed Nov 19, 04:11 PM) - Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: That didn't take long. The Vikings saw Adrian Peterson suspended for the rest of this year, and they needed more help at the position. This is certainly a downgrade for the fantasy value of both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Look for the Vikings to initially use all three RBs in some sort of RBBC. Tate is more talented than Asiata, and he's got more experience than McKinnon. He could end up emerging in Minnesota, but for now we see Tate as a RB3.
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Dolphins | Miami unlikely to claim Ben Tate (Wed Nov 19, 12:15 PM) - Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) likely will not be claimed by the Miami Dolphins, but the team is not ruling out the possibility of signing him later in the season or in the offseason, according to a source.

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