Fantasy Football 2012: 5 Backup RB Sleepers

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Fantasy Football 2012: 5 Backup RB Sleepers
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Ben Tate would be a top five fantasy football running back if starter Arian Foster got hurt, he's that good.

Or rather, he's that good in the Texans' zone-blocking scheme that has turned Foster into a fantasy football star.

Not counting the four games that Foster didn't play last year Tate broke double-digit fantasy points three times, a number that should only go up this season as the Texans look to lean even more on their running game to keep QB Matt Schaub from taking hits. 

Tate was going to be the starter his rookie season before missing the whole year with an injury, which is how Foster got the job, and another year removed from that injury should see Tate playing better than ever.

The Texans want to dominate the running game as much as possible, and with two guys that can dominate in their scheme, there's no reason that they shouldn't use both to keep each of them fresh and uninjured.

Tate has earned more carries in this offense, and he showed last season he knows what to do with them. He comes with the added bonus of being a great guy for late in the season, as the Texans should easily lock up their division in time to sit Foster and other starters. 

That would give Tate the late-season carries, which is just in time for the fantasy football playoffs.

All in all, Tate should be a great fantasy football sleeper this season.

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