2014 Fantasy Football: Arian Foster Will Finish as a Top 10 Running Back

By Bill Pivetz
Arian Foster
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The 2013 fantasy football season saw a lot of superstar players go down with injury, forcing owners to scurry to the waiver wire. One of the first players to go down was Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. With surgery over and done with and Foster participating in workouts, he looks to be ready to be a top-10 running back once again.

Foster played in just seven games before missing the rest of the season. He rushed 121 times for 542 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 22 passes for 183 yards and another score. In the seven games, he scored at least 11 points in four games and posted two 100-yard games before the injury. He scored 81 fantasy points, 41st among all running backs.

The Texans lost backup rusher Ben Tate, which opens up a lot of carries for Foster. The team did sign Andre Brown as a backup, but he shouldn’t hinder Foster’s value too much. Head coach Bill O’Brien believes Foster is a three-down back that can rush close to 400 times. O’Brien also wants to give Foster more touches in the passing game, making him for valuable in PPR leagues.

Foster continues to show that he is ready for the season to start. However, there are still injury concerns when drafting Foster. He has been drafted as a top-15 running back in most mock drafts and that trend will continue leading up to Week 1. He can easily post over 1,200 yards and score double-digit touchdowns.

Foster should be drafted in the late second, early third round as a RB2. Seeing him participating in voluntary work outs is a great sign for his 2014 season.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.

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