Ben Tate Could Save Your Fantasy Team

By Dom DeCarlo
Ben Tate
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There are three things in the world that really grind my gears: The Philadelphia Flyers and their fans (sorry guys, I’m a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan) and seeing the status “questionable for today’s game” leading up to a game. I do not know a Fantasy Football player who wants to see this next to their players name, unless they have been out for a while and may return. However, fans of the Houston Texans and fantasy football managers all over that have Arian Foster will see this, I fear, many times this season. Foster has not taking a snap for the Houston Texans so far this preseason and he “claims” that he will be ready for Week 1 of the season. If you are a manager who currently owns Arian Foster, this has to make you wet the bed a little bit during the night. For all of you that are in this situation, I offer you some help. If you have not done so already, go out and grab Ben Tate from the team that currently owns him in your league.

Tate had a difficult 2012 campaign with injuries nagging him for parts of the season. However, if history can teach us anything, it is that Tate can carry a workload and Arian Foster’s production has been going down. This means that there is better than a good chance that Tate will start or play in many games for the Texans. If you are worried about his production, just look at his stats from 2011: A combined 1,040 yards rushing and receiving. Tate is a little younger than Foster and looked great against the New Orleans Saints in his most recent preseason game.

Believe me, I think Arian Foster is one of the best running backs in football today and one of the most productive Fantasy Football running backs in this generation. However, if I were going into a Fantasy Football season with Foster on my team, I sure would feel and sleep a little better knowing that I have Foster’s back up who can surely carry the load in his absence.

Dom DeCarlo is a fantasy blogger for Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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