Ben Tate's Instant Fantasy Value After Arian Foster's Injury

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 3, 2013

Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin (97) attempts a tackle against Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Arian Foster was forced to leave the game against the Indianapolis Colts with a back injury, giving Ben Tate yet another opportunity to step up.

With around five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Tate had run for 63 yards and 17 touches, averaging 3.7 yards per carry.  He finished the game running for 81 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

The numbers weren't incredible, but he gets a pass considering he played with four broken ribs.

Before the game on Sunday night, Tate had run for 318 yards and a touchdown on 66 carries.  He hasn't been the most productive player in the league, but that's because he's the backup running back to Foster.

With some easier matchups in the next few weeks, Tate could put up some big numbers against teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

If Foster is forced to miss significant time, he becomes an intriguing low RB2 or flex play.  He isn't the most appealing player with the broken ribs, but he has shown he can play through it.