Arian Foster's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 10

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs against the tackle Bront Bird #97 of San Diego Chargers during the Texan's 31-28 win over the Chargers on September 9, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Once the undisputed king of fantasy football leagues everywhere, Arian Foster's stock is at an all-time low heading into Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season. 

After leaving Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with a back injury before he even had a chance to carry the ball, Foster still hadn't practiced with his teammates, as noted by the Houston Texans on Twitter:

While his team was getting ready to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Foster was getting his back examined, as noted by Tania Ganguli of

Since breaking out as one of the league's top offensive weapons in 2010, the undrafted Foster piled up yardage and touchdowns on a scale to rival any top running back in the last few decades. From 2010 through 2012, he racked up 5,702 total yards and 47 total touchdowns. 

Running the ball and catching it, Foster touched the ball 1,169 times in that three-year stretch. 

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans breaths with an oxyen mask on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals during their AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/
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As it turns out, Foster's body wasn't meant to shoulder such a burdensome load, and before the 2013 season ever began he was already breaking down. 

Foster didn't play a single snap during training camp or preseason games as he occupied a spot on Houston's physically unable to perform list (PUP) with a calf injury. He's also been dealing with a hamstring injury and a recurring back problem, for which he's currently being treated.

Bleacher Report's injury expert Will Carroll recently broke down how the hamstring and back could be related, noting that a "tight set of hamstrings will cause pressure on the back." 

Needless to say, he's really banged up right now, and his health has impacted his production in a dramatic way. 

In the three seasons prior to 2013, Foster averaged 126.7 total yards and just over a touchdown per game. This season (not counting Sunday's game), Foster is still averaging 103.6 yards per game, but he's only scored two touchdowns. 

When healthy, there's no better fantasy back on a week-to-week basis than Foster. Unfortunately, his body appears to be breaking down (and no wonder, considering his heavy workload the past few seasons).

There's a good chance Foster won't play at all in Week 10, and fantasy owners should strongly consider whether or not he's worth keeping on the bench. Nobody knows how long he'll be out or how severe his back injury is, but we do know he hasn't been able to stay on the field this season. 

If you have Foster on your team, then now's the time to see if you can find a trade partner. Because of his past achievements, you would be smart to consider keeping your demands for reimbursement high. You never know when another running-back-needy owner will make a desperate move. 


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