BR Lists Foster’s 2010 Pros & Cons

BleacherReport.com recently posted an article regarding Houston Texans running back Arian Foster’s pros and cons of 2010 and what it means for 2011.  In 2009, Foster took off in the last few games of the regular season.  He appeared to be the projected starter for the 2010 season until the Texans drafted former Auburn standout, Ben Tate, in the third round.  Then in the 2010 preseason, the rookie running back Tate let all expectations down when he broke his ankle.  The Texans were then left with former starter with fumble problems, Steve Slaton,  and Foster.  Weeks later the team signed former Giant and Buc, Derrick Ward.  However, it wasn’t long before the Texans, and their fans, knew who would be their full-season-starter at running back.

In Week 1 of the regular season against the rival Indianapolis Colts, Arian Foster blazed the Reliant Stadium field with 231 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns.  Foster didn’t stop there.  According to BleacherReport’s own fantasy analysis, Foster’s three highest scoring games in fantasy football were “his first game (41.8 fantasy points), his eighth game (31.7 fantasy points), and his sixteenth game (31.0 fantasy points).”

BR also listed the following Foster’s Pros & Cons for the 2010 season and next year:

(+) In 2010, Foster led the league in rushing yards, total yards and touchdowns

(+) Led the entire NFL (including quarterbacks) in fantasy points

(+) Had eight 100-yard games and seven multiple-TD games in 2010

(+) Foster isn’t just a big back (6’1”, 227 lbs) built for first- and second-down duty, he also has the receiving skills to make him one of the few every-down RBs in the league

(+) Went from an undrafted cast-off to a bona-fide fantasy RB1 in just one year

(+) Kubiak didn’t get canned by the Texans, so the offensive system will stay the same for at least one more year

(+) Steve Slaton hasn’t left the doghouse in two years while Ben Tate is coming off season-ending ankle surgery

(+) Overcame the stigma of having “fumble-itis” and only turned the ball over twice last season in 392 touches

(–) After having one of the most unlikely seasons in recent past, Arian will have a bull’s-eye on his back throughout 2011

(–) Despite his obvious high-end skills, Foster likely hit his ceiling in 2010, so don’t expect the same type of production two years in a row

Texans fans should be just as excited as fantasy football owners in keeper leagues who drafted Foster before Tate went down. Foster’s got excellent ball vision and cut-moves.  His natural, on-the-field ability was unmatched in 2010.  Pending the Texans game plan next season and which week the season starts, look for the same type of production in 2011.


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