Coming into the season the only real question surrounding Ben Tate was his durability. Time after time he found himself on the sidelines in Houston due to injuries and he wasn’t even the starter. Now in Cleveland, he was marketed as the 3-down back that was set to handle the entire workload. Then week 1 came and Ben Tate did what most thought he would do. That is, get himself injured. He left the game early with a sprained knee which sidelined him for week 2 as well, leaving him week-to-week. The question still remains when he will return, but it seems unlikely that the return will happen in week 3.
On Monday, head coach Mike Pettine said Tate is “probably” out for week 3, but don’t be fooled, he is “definitely” out for this weekend’s matchup versus Baltimore. Last week Tate hinted at a return following their week 4 bye which seems like the correct diagnosis.
When Tate went down, rookie running back Terrance West came in to rush for 100 yards on 16 carries, earning him the starting role in week 2 in which he received 21 touches, compiling 90 total yards and a touchdown. Isiah Crowell, the other rookie Brown’s running back also worked into the mix, garnering third down and short yardage work. With buzz surrounding him after his 2 touchdown performance in week 1, Crowell won’t be more than a flex play in deeper leagues. With Tate more than likely out for week 3, West will again be in line for 18+ touches in a run heavy offense. Consider West a low end RB2 with upside against a top 10 Ravens rush defense.