Texans RB Tate will be a major sleeper next season

Finding the right sleeper on draft day can be the difference between a good fantasy team and one that contends for a league title.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me be the first to introduce you to my top rookie sleeper, Ben Tate.

The Texans traded up to select select the Auburn product with the 58th overall pick in last week’s draft. He’s a big, physical back with surprising speed who rushed for an impressive 1,362 yards (5.2 YPC) and 10 touchdowns in his final collegiate season.

He’s also a one-cut runner, which fits perfectly into the team’s offensive scheme.

“He’s not only a big back – and we were looking for some power there from that standpoint – but this guy has 4.4 (speed), also, shows the ability to make big plays,” coach Gary Kubiak told the team’s official website. “We just think he fits exactly what we want to do. We like his size, but it’s always nice to have someone who can hit a home run when everything works out.”

NFL insider Michael Lombardi feels like Tate will contend for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and I agree. In fact, I see this kid as the best running back, both on the field and in fantasy circles, on the Texans’ current roster.

Remember, Steve Slaton is coming off a surgical procedure on his neck that he described as a “cervical fusion.” I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like a serious operation for a running back to endure. Arian Foster is also in the mix, but I don’t see him earning the starting role ahead of Tate.

Call it a hunch.

I also think that based on his size, Tate is going to see more than his share of chances near the goal line. Put it all together, and you have one heck of a sleeper pick in the middle rounds.

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