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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 (Mon Nov 24): Tate was released by the Browns last week. While he was at least claimed, he ended up in a much worse situation than LeGarrette Blount, who was also released, and went unclaimed. The Vikings running game just lost right tackle Phil Loadholt, and they weren't doing much before that anyway.

Week 13: vs Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. 3-7-1 Carolina faces off against 4-7 Minnesota in this one, but incredible as it sounds, the Panthers are still in the NFC South race so for Carolina this game is a must-win situation. The Vikings are in spoiler mode with Green Bay far out of reach (as is a wild card playoff berth in the NFC). Jerrick McKinnon carried the load for the Vikings vs. Green Bay last week - he posted 15/54/0 rushing and 3/9/0 receiving as the lead back for Minnesota while Matt Asiata was sidelined due to post-concussion issues. Joe Banyard (5/26/0 rushing and 3/19/0 receiving) was the change-of-pace back for the Vikings while newcomer Ben Tate sat out the contest. The Panthers' rush D is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 119.1 rushing yards allowed per game, with 13 rushing scores given up so far. Atlanta managed 27/86/0 rushing against them two weeks ago, while Philadelphia had 23/37/2 rushing vs. Carolina back in Week 10 - though they have cut down on the yards allowed in recent weeks, the Panthers' rush D is still suspect entering Week 13. Advantage, Vikings.

Recent Stats and Projections

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
13 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds 2 * * 1 * * *
13 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay 2 * * 1 * * *
13 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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