NFL Fantasy: Buck the Trend, Arian Foster Is a Must Start in Week 4

The ProFFilerCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2017

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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So you drafted Arian Foster in the top 3 of your league this year? Or he was a carryover in your keeper league? We all believed with 99 percent certainty that with Arian Foster on the roster, a championship was just 16 short weeks away.  

I told myself, "Even if he is half the player he was last year, he's still a top tier running back."

Those of us with Foster consider him our bread and butter, our cowbell, our workhorse, much like the Texans do. If you did not draft running back heavy, or get Ben Tate as a handcuff, your team could definitely use a shot in the arm.

Week 2 gave us a little thrill as we saw Foster take the field for the first time only to disappoint us with one 10-yard carry for a 33-yard stat line.  

Now that he's healthy and, "... chomping at the bit, ready to go..." as Texans Head, Coach Gary Kubiak stated. With that being said, I have to wonder what would be the point of keeping him on your fantasy bench?

Why would any team that drafted Foster to be in charge of bringing home some hardware, sit him when he's finally healthy?

In regards to his troublesome hamstring, "I have no issues with it anymore." noted Foster, "I could've played last week..

 So-called experts are advising owners that trotting Foster out against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense is fantasy suicide.


This so-called expert believes that Pittsburgh's defense is not up to the task. They rank 12th against the run and are giving up an average of 99 yards and 2 rushing scores a game.  I would be fine with that from a fantasy perspective. 

Surprisingly, Pittsburgh's offense plays a pivotal role as well. Struggling to keep Ben Roethlisberger upright and open any sort of holes for Rashard Mendenhall, leaves the door open for the Texans to control the game with the run.

No one is more ready to prove he's up to that task than Foster.

Foster is the type of player that rises to the challenge. I won't go into the entire back story -- I believe everyone knows Foster's beginnings in the league. As much as we'd all like to think we saw him coming, many had him on their deep sleeper list, and yet, he surprised us all. Did any of us think that he would explode the way he did week 1 of 2010?

But that type of play is his M.O. and I'm ready to roll him in week 4 and beyond.

When no one thinks he can and everyone is saying he shouldn't, Foster is going to surprise us all once again!