KFFL: Slaton Should Score Between 4 and 6 TD’s in 2010

KFFL.com, a premiere fantasy site, says that Texans back Steve Slaton should cross the goal-line 4 to 6 times in 2010, but coming off neck surgery could be a major concern:

Pros: He’s still a key component in Houston’s unsettled backfield and is expected to be healthy in time for training camp after an ineffective, injury-shortened ’09. Count him as a capable receiver (94 career catches) in a system that loves to air it out. He wants to keep his playing weight between 202 and 205 pounds, his physique during his stellar rookie campaign.

Cons: Slaton is coming back from cervical neck fusion surgery – a sensitive procedure for any football player. Slaton also suffered a sophomore slump – his yards-per-carry average dwindled to 3.3 from 4.8 in ’08. Fumbles clouded his role even before he was placed on Injured Reserve; Slaton attributes the fumbles to the neck injury, though. Bulky rookie Ben Tate has a sizeable shot at becoming the starting back; though built similarly to Slaton, Tate profiles more as a power back, a big missing piece from last year’s squad. Arian Foster is currently running with the first team. Houston lost O-line coach Alex Gibbs, which could hold back the backfield.

Fantasy tip: Don’t be comfortable drafting Slaton as anything more than a low-end No. 3 back, considering the surgery he underwent and the potentially fluid backfield situation. His eighth-round placement in non-PPRs is probably a little high. In PPRs, though, he’s more worthy of that value. He goes in the stage where many other backs also have workload questions, but his leg-up in reception potential makes him more attractive despite the risks.


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