Fantasy football start/sit, Week 13: Ben Tate

Bob Levey

Ben Tate's Week 12 was bad. OK, it was really bad. Should you forgive him and start him this week?

What happened to the Houston Texans? They are on an eight-game losing streak and their offense is in total disarray. They have just two rushing TDs as a team and rank 30th in the NFL in points per game.

Last week wasn't exactly a banner week for Ben Tate. He had a laughable 0.1 yards per carry with his seven totes accounting for a whopping one yard. He still hasn't put up a 100-yard game in rushing and only has one game in his last seven in which he's had a yards-per-attempt average over 4.0.

He does get a good matchup this week against the Patriots this week, though. They are ranked 21st in stopping running backs, and has Tate has caught nine balls in the last two weeks.

The good news is he'll have a high upside, but the presence of Dennis Johnson backing him up makes him a risky play. Johnson had 13 carries for 74 yards on Sunday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Basically, if you have a bad fantasy matchup on Thanksgiving, it makes sense to start Tate and go with his upside. If you don't want to take a chance, he might be best served to staying on the bench.

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