Why Arian Foster Should Be The Number One Pick in 2011 Fantasy Football Drafts

Feb 28, 2011


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While the NFL has become a quarterback driven league, fantasy football still remains a running back league. I know, wide receivers and quarterbacks have come a long way, and I do believe the elite ones like Aaron Rodgers and Andre Johnson are first round material, but we’re talking about the first overall pick here. To me, the first few picks are still reserved for the top running backs, and while he came out of nowhere, Arian Foster was easily the top running back last year.
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Foster opened the season with a bang, dismantling the Indianapolis Colts to the tune of 231 yards and three touchdowns. He went on to pile up 2220 yards, 1616 on the ground and 604 through the air. He racked up 18 touchdowns, 16 rushing and two receiving. That’s an average of 138.8 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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He did it week in and week out. Aside from two poor outings (Week 5 against the Giants and Week 15 against the Titans), Foster delivered. He did not slow down either, as he recorded his second highest rushing total in Week 17 when he ran for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Jacksonville.
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I know some of you are concerned that last year was a fluke, but keep in mind he ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 and 119 yards (with 26 receiving yards) and two touchdowns in Week 17 of 2009. Foster will be just 25 and he has proven to be the perfect back for Houston’s zone blocking scheme.
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He has little competition for carries in Houston. Sure, Ben Tate is returning leg and ankle injuries, but he is the clear backup. After searching for a running back for years, the Texans have a winner in Foster. Don’t expect them to suddenly go away from him. Plus, with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson there is no concern that opposing defenses will stuff the box to stop the running game. Johnson is far too talented for that. It’s truly a pick your poison situation in Houston.
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