Rib Injury Finally Finishes Off Ben Tate in Texas

Ben Tate is likely finished in Houston

Ben Tate is likely finished in Houston

Houston Texans running back Ben Tate’s 2013 season has come to an end, following a Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Tate had been playing through sore ribs for the better half of the season after breaking four during Week 7.

The 25 year old back didn’t want, and didn’t let, the injury  keep him off the field for several weeks, but he finally conceded to the injured reserve after re-aggravating the injury. Tate was actually off to a good start in the game, rushing for 62 yards on 12 carries in the first half, but only added 10 more yards in the 2nd half for a not-s0-grand total of 72 yards on 16 carries.

Tate finishes the season with 771 yards on 181 carries (4.3 yards per carry), 34 catches for 140 yards receiving and a total of 4 touchdowns.

This truncated and disappointing season for Tate in Houston may also prove to be his last game in a Texans uniform. The 4th year veteran out of Auburn University is entering his first NFL free agency since being drafted by the Texans in the 2nd round in 2010.

Tate has seen some ups and downs during his NFL career; only rushing for 279 yards in 11 games last year, but had a more solid season in 2011 when he rushed for 942 yards. The  Texans will undoubtedly shake things up next year as they find themselves with an embarrassing record of 2-12, the worst in the NFL. Only time will tell what will happen with the Texans heading into next season, but you can at least close the book on Ben Tate in 2013.

 

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Week 14 Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Week 14 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. While these two teams are likely battling for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, both teams have players who will are likely on your fantasy teams.

Start:

Andre Johnson- Houston’s Andre Johnson has continued his dominance in the NFL this season, recording 82 receptions for 1,123 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him facing the Jaguars this week. The Jaguars have the league’s 10th worst pass defense. Through his last five games, Johnson has recorded 539 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Start Andre Johnson.

Ben Tate- With Arian Foster out, Ben Tate has yet again been showing that he is deserving of a starting role in the NFL. Last week against the New England Patriots, Tate rushed for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will face an almost equally struggling rush defense in the Jaguars, who rank 4th worst in the league, allowing an average of 130.4 yards per game. Start the hot Ben Tate.

Sit:

Cecil Shorts- Not much has been impressive about the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, however wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been a pleasant surprise this season. Through twelve games, he’s hauled in 64 receptions for 764 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Shorts, the Houston Texans possess the league’s second best pass defense, allowing an average of just 187.9 yards per game. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep Shorts on the fantasy bench this week.

Mercedes Lewis- Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis has struggled since returning from injury in Week 7. Through six games, Lewis has recorded 143 yards and a single touchdown. With Houston’s top notch secondary coming to town, fantasy owners should definitely sit Mercedes Lewis.

 

Week 14 Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Week 14 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. While these two teams are likely battling for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, both teams have players who will are likely on your fantasy teams.

Start:

Andre Johnson- Houston’s Andre Johnson has continued his dominance in the NFL this season, recording 82 receptions for 1,123 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him facing the Jaguars this week. The Jaguars have the league’s 10th worst pass defense. Through his last five games, Johnson has recorded 539 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Start Andre Johnson.

Ben Tate- With Arian Foster out, Ben Tate has yet again been showing that he is deserving of a starting role in the NFL. Last week against the New England Patriots, Tate rushed for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will face an almost equally struggling rush defense in the Jaguars, who rank 4th worst in the league, allowing an average of 130.4 yards per game. Start the hot Ben Tate.

Sit:

Cecil Shorts- Not much has been impressive about the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, however wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been a pleasant surprise this season. Through twelve games, he’s hauled in 64 receptions for 764 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Shorts, the Houston Texans possess the league’s second best pass defense, allowing an average of just 187.9 yards per game. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep Shorts on the fantasy bench this week.

Mercedes Lewis- Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis has struggled since returning from injury in Week 7. Through six games, Lewis has recorded 143 yards and a single touchdown. With Houston’s top notch secondary coming to town, fantasy owners should definitely sit Mercedes Lewis.

 

Time Running Out for Texans Tight End Owen Daniels

Daniels is expected to return for Week 13 against the Patriots

There is no real timetable for Daniels to return to the Texans

Owen Daniels is not even close to returning to the football field and you can pretty much count him out for the next two to three weeks, according to the Houston Chronicle. Daniels can’t even run without pain and any ideas about returning  before Week 15 are shot.

The 31 year old out of Wisconsin has been out since Week 5 with a fractured fibula. Daniels was initially only expected to miss a few weeks, but his stint on injured reserved increases with each setback.

Daniels was off to a pretty good start in the 2013 season before sustaining his injury against the San Francisco 49ers. He had totaled 18 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns, and actually led the Texans with 6 catches in Week 5. Daniels was targeted 9 times; only one less than star receiver Andre Johnson. However, Daniels left the game “sore” and, after an MRI, learned that the injury would keep him out for extended time.

The Texans have been through some serious struggles as of late, losing 9 in a row and finding themselves at the bottom of the AFC South at 2-9. There’s no reason to rush Daniels back to action and the team might even consider shutting him down for the season.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Sit and Start Report

Martellus Bennet should enjoy a big day against the Lions

Tight end Martellus Bennet should enjoy a big day against the Lions

Week 10 is here and it is time to put those final touches on your fantasy lineups. There are plenty of good fantasy matchups this week, so be sure to take advantage of them.

Start:

Martellus Bennett- The Chicago Bears will host the Detroit Lions in Week 10. Luckily for Bears receivers, quarterback Jay Cutler is back in the starting lineup after missing time due to a groin injury. The Lions pass defense is ranked 26th in the league, allowing an average of 272.5 yards per game. Expect Bears tight end Martellus Bennett with 36 receptions, 392 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season to be a hot commodity in the passing game as Cutler looks to get his feet back under himself.

Chris Johnson- Every week fantasy owners should look to see who is playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week it is the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson owners should be locking him into a starting position. Johnson is coming off his first game of a 100 rushing yards or more and should be expected to produce similar numbers in Week 10.

Sit:

Ryan Matthews- The Denver Broncos rush defense got a huge boost two weeks ago when Von Miller returned from his six game suspension. While this is great news for Broncos fans, Ryan Matthews owners should seriously think before throwing him into a starting role in Week 10. The Broncos rush defense has ranked at the top of the league for most of the season and it only gets better with Miller’s return. Keep Matthews on the bench in Week 10.

Larry Fitzgerald- While Arizona Cardinals standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald is quietly putting together a decent fantasy season, his Week 10 matchup is less than favorable. L-Fitz and the Cardinals will be taking on the NFL’s top ranked pass defense in the Houston Texans. If you have other receivers available this week, let Fitzgerald ride the bench against the Texans.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Sit and Start Report

Martellus Bennet should enjoy a big day against the Lions

Tight end Martellus Bennet should enjoy a big day against the Lions

Week 10 is here and it is time to put those final touches on your fantasy lineups. There are plenty of good fantasy matchups this week, so be sure to take advantage of them.

Start:

Martellus Bennett- The Chicago Bears will host the Detroit Lions in Week 10. Luckily for Bears receivers, quarterback Jay Cutler is back in the starting lineup after missing time due to a groin injury. The Lions pass defense is ranked 26th in the league, allowing an average of 272.5 yards per game. Expect Bears tight end Martellus Bennett with 36 receptions, 392 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season to be a hot commodity in the passing game as Cutler looks to get his feet back under himself.

Chris Johnson- Every week fantasy owners should look to see who is playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week it is the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson owners should be locking him into a starting position. Johnson is coming off his first game of a 100 rushing yards or more and should be expected to produce similar numbers in Week 10.

Sit:

Ryan Matthews- The Denver Broncos rush defense got a huge boost two weeks ago when Von Miller returned from his six game suspension. While this is great news for Broncos fans, Ryan Matthews owners should seriously think before throwing him into a starting role in Week 10. The Broncos rush defense has ranked at the top of the league for most of the season and it only gets better with Miller’s return. Keep Matthews on the bench in Week 10.

Larry Fitzgerald- While Arizona Cardinals standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald is quietly putting together a decent fantasy season, his Week 10 matchup is less than favorable. L-Fitz and the Cardinals will be taking on the NFL’s top ranked pass defense in the Houston Texans. If you have other receivers available this week, let Fitzgerald ride the bench against the Texans.

Texans Arian Foster Prepares for Season Ending Surgery

Foster was plagued by injury through out the 2013 season

Foster was plagued by injuries through out the 2013 season

Reports coming out of Houston this morning indicate that Texans running back Arian Foster has a bulging disc in his back and is done for the season.

Foster spent the past week meeting with various doctors and is now fairly certain that he will need surgery to correct the problem. 

Foster wanted to play through the injury, but doctors insist that playing in his condition is far too risky. 

The 27-year-old running back will meet with the Texans this week to decide on a timetable for the procedure.

Texans QB Case Keenum Roughs up Colts

Keenum lit up the Colts with 350 passing yards and 3 scores

Keenum lit up the Colts for 350 passing yards and 3 scores

The ineptitude of the Houston defense did nothing to take away from another stellar performance from Texans quarterback Case Keenum. The rookie came out firing and hit Andre Johnson with 3 spectacular touchdown passes.

After making a deep impression on the Chiefs pass defense during Week 8, Keenum was on point again against what was thought to be a solid Colts defense.

One of the reasons Keenum is so effective is his elusiveness. Even when defenders are swarming around him, he never seems to be under duress. For two weeks in a row now, he has been displaying a very high quarterback IQ for a rookie. When the pocket breaks down, he solves the problem with a quick scramble. Once he’s on the run, he squares his shoulders downfield and fires away at this target.

Keenum finished his night completing 20 of 34 passes for 350 yards and three scores. He has a tough matchup against Arizona during Week 10, but should be able to put another solid, if not spectacular, fantasy performance.

 

Ben Tate to Play, Arian Foster’s Status Still Uncertain

Foster's playing status is shaping up to be a game-time decision

Foster’s playing status is shaping up to be a game-time decision

Houston Texans back-up running back Ben Tate will play Sunday despite dealing with four broken ribs, while starting back Arian Foster is expected to be a game-time decision.  

Tate’s carries should be limited due to his injury, but still may have to carry more of a workload if Foster is unable to suit up. Foster had been playing well as of late, but was forced to leave their Week 7 contest with the Chiefs after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Foster has had a solid season thus far, going for 542 yards, and is on pace to break 1,200, but his injuries could prevent him from keeping up his high level of play. Primary back-up Ben Tate has been shaken up recently as well, breaking 4 ribs in the process, but is still being cleared to play Sunday. Tate has proven his ability to provide a spark, racking up 318 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown serving as the second string tailback.

The Texans would be fine with having Tate as the primary rusher if healthy, but even he is experiencing injury issues, making the backfield situation even more of a mess heading into Sunday’s contest with Kansas City. Foster’s status for Sunday is still yet to be determined, and coach Gary Kubiak has not hinted at whether he will play or not.

Since the game is Sunday night, it may be best to find a replacement for this week to keep it safe. However if given the start, consider Foster a middle of the pack RB1 against the Chiefs.

Ben Tate to Play, Arian Foster’s Status Still Uncertain

Foster's playing status is shaping up to be a game-time decision

Foster’s playing status is shaping up to be a game-time decision

Houston Texans back-up running back Ben Tate will play Sunday despite dealing with four broken ribs, while starting back Arian Foster is expected to be a game-time decision.  

Tate’s carries should be limited due to his injury, but still may have to carry more of a workload if Foster is unable to suit up. Foster had been playing well as of late, but was forced to leave their Week 7 contest with the Chiefs after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Foster has had a solid season thus far, going for 542 yards, and is on pace to break 1,200, but his injuries could prevent him from keeping up his high level of play. Primary back-up Ben Tate has been shaken up recently as well, breaking 4 ribs in the process, but is still being cleared to play Sunday. Tate has proven his ability to provide a spark, racking up 318 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown serving as the second string tailback.

The Texans would be fine with having Tate as the primary rusher if healthy, but even he is experiencing injury issues, making the backfield situation even more of a mess heading into Sunday’s contest with Kansas City. Foster’s status for Sunday is still yet to be determined, and coach Gary Kubiak has not hinted at whether he will play or not.

Since the game is Sunday night, it may be best to find a replacement for this week to keep it safe. However if given the start, consider Foster a middle of the pack RB1 against the Chiefs.