Ben Tate RB MIN 3 Days

Tate had five carries for eight yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Tate had 13 snaps on offense compared to 45 for Matt Asiata and 11 for Joe Banyard. Tate continues to have a small backup role and that likely won't change the final two weeks.

Ben Tate RB MIN 10 Days

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he'd like to get Tate more carries this week. "I think Matt [Asiata] probably had a few too many carries," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We'd like to get Ben a few more carries this week as well, and so we'll see. Sometimes you just get in the flow of games and things happen."

Tate has had eight carries in his first two games with the Vikings. Asiata will remain the starter with Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve with a back injury. Asiata had 19 carries last week compared to Tate's five carries. While we could see Tate getting a few more carries, it doesn't sound like there will be a major shift in the workload.

Ben Tate RB MIN 11 Days

Tate had three carries for 15 yards in Sunday's overtime win over the Jets.

While Tate finished with more touches than fellow backup Joe Banyard (one carry for nine rushing yards and one catch for 12 receiving yards), Matt Asiata dominated the touches out of the backfield, rushing 19 times for 54 yards and catching three passes for 10 receiving yards. Tate's fantasy upside is very limited as long as Asiata is healthy, especially in Week 15 against a Lions defense allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL this season.

Ben Tate RB MIN 11 Days

Tate will likely split backup carries with Joe Banyard on Sunday against the Jets, as Matt Asiata is listed as the starter, according to

With limited touches against a Jets defense allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season, Tate remains a fairly weak fantasy option.

Ben Tate RB MIN 12 Days

With Jerick McKinnon out for a second consecutive game this week against the Jets due to a back injury, head coach Mike Zimmer said he plan to use the same approach at running back as last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Tate had just five carries for 15 yards last week.

It looks like Matt Asiata will start and get the bulk of carries with Tate having a minor backup role. Joe Banyard will also be in the mix, but he got just two carries last week.

Ben Tate RB MIN 18 Days

Tate had five carries for 15 yards Sunday against the Panthers.

Matt Asiata got the start in place of the injured Jerick McKinnon (back), finishing with 14 carries for 52 rushing yards and catching four passes for five receiving yards, leaving very little for Tate and fellow backup Joe Banyard (two carries for eight yards). McKinnon isn't expected to be out for long, so it's possible that he could return in Week 14 against the Jets, which would further limit Tate's offensive potential. Making matters worse, the Jets are allowing the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game this season.

Ben Tate RB MIN 18 Days

With Jerick McKinnon (back) inactive Sunday versus the Panthers, Tate could earn looks behind starter Matt Asiata (concussion), Ben Goessling of reports.

In his Vikings debut last Sunday, Tate failed to play a single snap, despite Asiata's absence due to a head injury. While McKinnon acted as the starter last week, Joe Banyard was the complementary back, posting five rushes for 26 yards and three catches for 19 yards. Banyard is once again expected to pick up touches, this time behind Asiata, but Tate's first touches as a member of the Vikings could very well come to pass.

Ben Tate RB MIN 20 Days

With Jerick McKinnon (back) doubtful against Carolina on Sunday, the Vikings will likely turn to an unclear combination of Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Tate at running back.

Tate did not play against Green Bay on Sunday, but that wasn't surprising given that he had been claimed by the team just four days prior. Still, even with an extra week of practice and McKinnon out of the way, Tate isn't guaranteed to exceed or even match the workloads of Asiata or Banyard barring further notice.

Ben Tate RB MIN 25 Days

Tate was one of only two players, joining backup quarterback Christian Ponder, to be active Sunday against the Packers but not play a single snap, reports.

Tate was claimed off waivers from the Browns on Wednesday and was fully expected to be Jerick McKinnon's backup Sunday in place of Matt Asiata, who was out with a concussion. However, the backup role went to Joe Banyard, who got the first five careers of his NFL career instead. Tate was a very limited fantasy producer when he was with the Browns, and it doesn't appear that he's going to get many opportunities to turn that around in Minnesota.

Ben Tate RB MIN 25 Days

Tate is active for Sunday's game against the Packers, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

With Matt Asiata (concussion) out of commission, Tate is in line to handle a role in the Vikings' offense, which would likely take the form of Jerick McKinnon's primary backup. If the breakdown mimics previous weeks, Tate could be a touchdown vulture, but that's wholly unclear at this point.