Is Arian Foster Worth Drafting Or Is He A Bust Waiting To Happen?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After being limited to just 8 games in 2013 due to a back injury, there is at least a shadow of doubt hanging over Arian Foster. However, that only adds to the potential draft day appeal.

We all know that talk this time of year is meaningless, but you have to like hearing things like this:

“In the past, we’ve had guys like Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead in this offense that have filled those types of roles,” said O’Brien, who served in various roles in the Patriots’ organization from 2007-11, “and now it looks like definitely Arian will be able to do that and more.”

Foster has proven he can catch the football, with as many as 66 receptions in a season. As long as he’s healthy, and that is the big wild card, the potential to rack up that many receptions again is a huge bonus.

With Ben Tate now in Cleveland, there appears to be little behind him on the depth chart that could eat into his touches.

Andre Brown? He has talent, but is an injury waiting to happen himself.

Dennis Johnson? He averaged 3.7 yards per carry last season.

Alfred Blue? The rookie will likely play a role, but how much will they really depend on him?

There is no question that Foster is going to have the opportunity, and the schedule also appears promising:

Week
Opponent
'13 Rushing Yards Allowes
1vs. Washington110.6
2at Oakland107.9
3at New York Giants108.9
4vs. Buffalo128.9
5at Dallas128.5
6vs. Indianapolis125.1
7at Pittsburgh115.6
8at Tennessee112.2
9vs. Philadelphia104.2
11at Cleveland111.3
12vs. Cincinnati96.5
13vs. Tennessee112.2
14at Jacksonville131.8
15at Indianapolis125.1
16vs. Baltimore105.4
17vs. Jacksonville131.8

Obviously things change from year to year, but on paper that doesn’t appear to be very daunting. There are a lot of favorable matchups, especially when coupled with the potential to rack up the receptions. While Brown and others will get some touches, there is every reason to think that the bulk will go to Foster.

When you put it all together, you get a running back well worth targeting in all formats.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, CSN Houston

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