Why Arian Foster is By Far the Best Fantasy RB Right Now

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 8, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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There isn't a running back in fantasy football who can hold a candle to Arian Foster.

Simply put, Foster is the best fantasy running back in the NFL, and second place is a long way behind. 

Through four games, Foster was leading all running backs with 69 points, via ESPN standard scoring. His fantasy stats were padded on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets, too, as Foster scored 22 points in that game. 

Now, after five games, Foster has totaled 91 points—an average of 18.2 points per game. 

The crazy part about Foster's success is that he was an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee in 2009. He's far from the first running back to make good as an undrafted rookie, but Foster is making the most out of his opportunities on a run-heavy team. 

So, what makes Foster so good?

Simply put, he can do it all: He can run inside and out, can catch the ball out of the backfield and he has a nose for the end zone. 

In 40 career games, including two playoff games, Foster's stats are remarkable: He has carried the ball 813 times for 3,762 yards and 36 touchdowns. Foster has also caught 142 passes for 1,409 yards and eight touchdowns. 

That means that every game, Foster can be counted on to average 129.75 yards and 1.1 touchdowns. According to ESPN's standard scoring, Foster can be counted on to produce roughly 19 fantasy points per week. 

That's fantasy football gold, folks, and no other running back can boast similar numbers on a weekly basis. 

Jamaal Charles has scored 77 points this year, Ray Rice has scored 73, and Alfred Morris has scored 72. As we saw earlier, Foster has totaled 91 points this year. 

Foster is simply the best fantasy football running back currently playing in the NFL.

All others are No. 2 or lower (ode to Mystery Men). 


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