Tate performed very well in Foster's stead, producing 100 yards in both of his first two games, while also producing a nice 82 yards against New Orleans.
Well first off, Arian Foster is also active. As the No. 1 back in Houston, Foster is going to take the lion's share of the carries away from Tate and leave him with whatever's left. However, the Texans have also activated Chris Ogbonnaya. Even then, that doesn't tell the whole story of the running back situation down in Houston. According to CBS,
Ogbonnaya To Be No. 2 Back Week 5: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that RBs Ben Tate (groin) and Derrick Ward (ankle, shoulder) practiced and "looked pretty good." Kubiak went on to add that one of them will be available Week 5 against the Raiders, but that Chris Ogbonnaya will remain the No. 2 back behind Arian Foster since that is how the team practiced this week.
Yikes. That's not great news for Tate fantasy owners. Not only is Foster back and he's the No. 1 back, but Tate won't even spell Foster. Instead, he's likely to get whatever carries are left after getting through Foster and Ogbonnaya. On top of which, there's also some rumblings in Houston that James Casey, the FB, may even get touches over Tate.
So, if you're a fantasy owner, what should you do?
Sit him on the bench and go grab something unhealthy to eat in celebration of your great decision.
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