Arian Foster Injury: Why Ben Tate Will Be the Texans' Top Fantasy Peformer

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2011

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans rushes against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas. The Texans won 34-7.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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I have got something to say to Arian Foster fantasy owners that they're not going to like: I hope you had a backup plan.

More specifically, I hope that backup plan was Ben Tate.

Foster fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief after news came that he'd be playing in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, albeit at a lessened role. But after Foster re-aggravated his hammy in the fourth quarter of the game, it does not look good for last year's breakout fantasy player.

Now, I hope Foster doesn't read this, because the idea of his injury updates being used for fantasy purposes sickens him, but we have to face facts here. He is not going to be the same player as he was last year.

I'll go further than that: Ben Tate will score more fantasy points than Foster this year.

Tate is healthy, talented and more than willing to pick up Foster's carries if he keeps getting hurt. And the Texans are definitely going to be more cautious bringing him back after today's setback. 

As of writing this, Tate has almost 100 total yards of offense for the Texans and that was after 116 yards on the ground against the Colts in Week 1. He's going to get production and, with Houston's high-octane offense, he's going to get plenty of chances to get into the end zone.

Even if Foster does make an eventual return, are you really going to have faith that he can stay healthy for the rest of the year? I didn't think so. Ben Tate is the new Arian Foster. Bank it.