Texans' Arian Foster and Ben Tate Will Be Used in Rotation vs. Chargers
When you draft a running back in the first round, "rotate" is the last word you want to hear out of his head coach. Unfortunately for Arian Foster owners, Gary Kubiak plans to split carries during the Houston Texans' season opener.
According to the Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith, Foster and Ben Tate will share touches out of Houston's backfield on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. Here is Kubiak's statement from Saturday:
We’re going to rotate. First off, I think Arian’s condition is excellent. His practice this week has been just excellent. He’s a worker — that’s why he plays well — and I’ve been impressed by how he’s held up. But I think it’s early in the season; I don’t know how warm it’s going to be up there. But I think we’re smart to play them both and obviously we’ll see how Arian holds up from that standpoint. But I don’t think we’re looking at the majority load that we maybe look at when he’s rolling.
Foster's early availability remained foggy throughout the preseason, as the 27-year-old has dealt with a right calf strain. His draft stock momentarily dipped before more encouraging reports lifted him back up the first-round ladder.
The star running back's health is concerning after a season in which he logged a career-high 351 carries and gained a career-low 4.1 yards per attempt. His owners, however, should not panic over him sharing snaps with Tate on Monday night.
Kubiak runs the ball often, so splitting time could still generate 15 carries for each rusher. Houston also frequently runs the ball in the end zone, as showcased by Foster's 15 rushing touchdowns from 2012 that kept him relevant as a fantasy stud. Even in limited action, Foster could visit the end zone.
If you own Foster, you have to start him. He's too good to sit when playing at all. As for Tate, he only received double-digit carries twice last season. One of those games resulted in two touchdowns, which makes him an interesting flex play.
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