If there is one thing we know about the Houston Texans, it is that they love to pound the ball with running back Arian Foster. The team finished eighth in the league in rushing the ball at 132.7 yards per contest, a number that was likely limited down the stretch as the team rested for the playoffs. Regardless, the Texans still love to run the ball and they do it quite well.
This will leave Houston’s opponent this Sunday, the New England Patriots, the task of trying to contain one of the best running backs in the entire NFL. However, if this tells us anything, it is that New England’s middle linebacker Jerod Mayo will get tons of chances to tackle Foster in the second level.
After an injury-plagued 2011 season, Mayo has once again established himself has an elite middle linebacker in fantasy football in 2012. Mayo racked up 147 total tackles (88 solo tackle and 59 assists), but he also added three sacks and an interception as well.
Mayo has recorded at least 10 tackles in eight of his 16 games this season, and the former Tennessee Volunteer has matured into one of the best open-field tacklers in the sport. He loves to square his shoulders to the line of scrimmage and his sideline-to-sideline speed is always overlooked.
Mayo has become one of the best IDP options in fantasy, so expect him to have another double-digit tackling performance this Sunday. Start him with confidence in fantasy football playoff challenges this round and watch him rack up the hits.