Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (ribs) is listed as probable and will play in the team's Week 13 game against the New England Patriots. Tate has not been practicing throughout the week but hasn't missed a game this season.
Fantasy Impact: Tate will play and will be looking to rebound from his brutal game last week, where he rushed seven times for a grand total of one yard. He did catch five balls for another 26 yards, but it remains a performance that Tate and fantasy owners would like to put behind them.
Tate had been serviceable until last week as the team's starter since Arian Foster was lost for the year. Backup Dennis Johnson found some success last week, going 13/74, and has likely earned himself a larger role.
Tate will remain the team's starter but his days as the feature back could soon be over. He hasn't impressed as the starter and Johnson appears poised to eat into his production. The Patriots don't present an intimidating matchup defensively, but this situation has turned into one to avoid. Tate will be a average flex option in Week 13.