Ben Tate – Houston Texans

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Analysis:  Although Arian Foster was active and “got the start” last night, he had to quickly leave the game on the opening drive with a back injury.  He was already very questionable coming into the game with a hamstring issue, and clearly wasn’t ready to play like an NFL running back against the Colts.  And although Tate was nursing a rib injury of his own, he was thrust into the lead running back role and ran well. Tate wasn’t really able to finish off his runs aggressively, as he was trying to avoid further aggravation to his ribs, but he still was able to find the running lanes and create his own openings as well.  He ended up with 81 yards on 22 rushing attempts (3.7 YPC), and added in 1 catch for those in PPR leagues.  If Foster needs to miss more time, and that seems more likely by the day, Tate will continue to act as the primary running back for Houston and get a heavy volume of carries.  Let’s not forget, Tate has been regarded as one of most talented running back handcuffs in fantasy football for some time now.  If Tate is still available in your league, be sure to target this running back off the week 10 waiver wire.  Although he isn’t 100% healthy right now, there aren’t many running backs with this level of talent and upside who are still available on the waiver wire this time of year.