Ever since the Houston Texans placed Arian Foster on the PUP list for the start of training camp, fantasy owners have been keeping their distance. Foster’s ADP has been dropping and I have recently seen him fall as far as 8th overall in recent mock drafts. I don’t understand why owners are so scared of him. Yes he is currently on the PUP with a right calf strain, has a talented backup in Ben Tate and does carry the ball an absurd amount of times in a season, but he’s only 26 and has really only has three years of NFL workload on his resume. Foster has even told reporters on Saturday that he expects to be practicing very soon.
As far as Ben Tate possibly taking carries from Foster, it might not be a horrible thing. Foster taking less than the ridiculous 351 carries he took last year could help him maintain his high level of play throughout the full season. In Foster’s last five games of the season he averaged just above 70 yards rushing per game and with only three scores compared to 96.7 yards per game with 14 touchdowns in his first 11 games. And it’s not like Tate would be stealing any goal-line carries from the bigger Foster, especially with his problems with ball security.
Obviously fantasy owners won’t be sold on Foster until they see him take the field in training camp, but if I had to draft tomorrow I would still take him No. 2 overall right behind Adrian Peterson.