Ben Tate vs. Jerick McKinnon
The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Browns running back Ben Tate off of waivers on Wednesday, to the surprise of some NFL insiders. While the initial reaction was that Tate would impact Jerick McKinnon’s fantasy value, that does not look like it will be the case. There are a couple reasons not to worry in you own the rookie running back McKinnon:
1. It takes a while for a running back to learn a new offense. Remember the Trent Richardson trade last year? Richardson looked lost on the field in the Colts offense, because he simply did not understand the system. Tate is coming in on a short week, and not only has to learn the verbiage of the Vikings system, but also blitz pickups and blocking assignments. Tate will not be trusted enough yet to put a dent in McKinnon’s touches or production.
2. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner came out today and reiterated that McKinnon is “our back” and the Tate claim was due to a lack of running back depth on the team. Both McKinnon and Matt Asiata have missed practice this week due to injury (McKinnon is expected to play, Asiata looks iffy due to a concussion).
The rookie McKinnon has performed very well since the opportunity for playing time arose, rushing for 498 yards with an average of five yards per carry, not bad for a rookie who was a quarterback in college. If you are a McKinnon owner he is a must start this week against a Packers defense that allows the fifth most rushing yards per game.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/ben-tate-vs-jerick-mckinnon/FF AnalysisFootballMinnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings claimed former Browns running back Ben Tate off of waivers on Wednesday, to the surprise of some NFL insiders. While the initial reaction was that Tate would impact Jerick McKinnon's fantasy value, that does not look like it will be the case. There are a couple...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk