Ben Tate: Fantasy Football Owners Must Continue to Bench Texans Backup RB

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 10, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball as safety Rahim Moore #26 of the Denver Broncos tries to make the tackle during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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After two good performances in the first two weeks of the NFL season, Houston Texans running back Ben Tate gave fantasy football owners enough production as an injury replacement, but over the past few weeks, he has proven to be an unreliable fantasy player.

Not only has Tate failed to be productive on the field recently, but he is also currently dealing with a toe injury that kept him out of Houston's Monday night victory over the New York Jets. According to ESPN, he is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Fantasy owners must continue to bench Tate going forward because the Texans are content with giving starting running back Arian Foster plenty of carries, and the team's passing game is also doing very well.

Foster has already run the ball 132 times this year, and hasn't been given less than 24 carries in a game yet.

Tate has averaged just 29.25 yards on 7.5 carries per game this season. Even as an injury replacement or a bye week fill-in, these stats aren't good enough to make Tate a player who should start on your team, or take up a roster spot as a bench player.

The Texans' next three opponents are the Green Bay PackersBaltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. Each of those teams is ranked in the league's bottom half in passing yards allowed per game.

So expect the Texans to throw the ball more over the next few weeks than they have already this season. Tate's injury and the team's lack of depth at running back may also increase the Texans' need to pass more often.

With Foster proving to be durable thus far, and Tate struggling with injuries and poor performances, there's no reason to start Tate on your fantasy team moving forward.

Keep Tate on your bench until he proves that he can be healthy and productive on a consistent basis.