Ben Tate's Updated Fantasy Value After Arian Foster's Injury

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 20, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Running back  Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans looks on prior to the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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If an injury forces Arian Foster to the sideline in the coming weeks, fellow running back Ben Tate would see his fantasy football status upgraded as a capable flex to a RB1.

The Houston Texans’ official Twitter accounted reported that Foster suffered a hamstring injury against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 and is out for the remainder of the contest.

Tate has been one of the most talented second-string halfbacks in the NFL since the Texans drafted him in 2010. He entered Sunday’s action with an average of 5.3 yards per carry on the year. And Tate has traditionally blown up when given the workload on the ground.

When Foster was out in Week 1 of the 2011 regular season with a hamstring injury, Tate rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. It would be his first of four 100-yard rushing performances that season.

If Foster is out in the coming weeks, Tate is a must start.

Houston does have a bye in Week 8, so Foster will have some extra time to heal. But if he's forced to miss more time, Tate will face off against the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively.

As a potential featured back in an offense that has talent (despite its struggles), that makes Tate a sturdy RB2 with RB1 upside.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.