Ben Tate RB PIT 4 Months

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 PIT 4 Months

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

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 PIT 4 Months

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 PIT 4 Months

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 PIT 4 Months

With Jerick McKinnon (back) inactive Sunday versus the Panthers, Tate could earn looks behind starter Matt Asiata (concussion), Ben Goessling of ESPN.com 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 PIT 4 Months

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 PIT 4 Months

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, ESPN.com 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 PIT 4 Months

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.

Ben Tate RB PIT 4 Months

Tate could have a role in the offense this week against Green Bay with Matt Asiata ruled out with a concussion, but it's also not clear he'll be active, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Tate had just two days of practice after being claimed off waivers from Cleveland. Even if he is active, he may have a limited role as the backup to Jerick McKinnon. If Tate isn't active, the Joe Banyard could assume backup running back duties.

Ben Tate RB PIT 4 Months

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he isn't sure Tate will be active this week even though he practiced with the team for the first time Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He got some reps and was in the blitz pickup. He was in everything, so we'll see how fast he gets. It was a quick day for him," Zimmer said.

Tate's status for this weekend likely depends on whether Matt Asiata will play after suffering a concussion. Even if Tate does play, his limited practiced time make it sound like he will have a small goal-line role against the Packers.