Worried that Arian Foster is going to be a one-hit fantasy wonder? The NFL fantasy football version of Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Don’t be. Foster will be just fine.
He even said so.
Foster joined Rich Lord on KILT in Houston to discuss his 231-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Colts (via Sports Radio Interviews), saying that his performance was something that dreams are made of.
“I dream big, I really do,” Foster said. “I expect a lot of myself. I put a lot of myself because I work hard. This didn’t happen over night. This is not a fluke.”
But while we are all celebrating Foster’s breakout performance, what does this mean to the rest of the Texans offense? While Foster was personally stomping the Colts, fantasy standouts like QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson were left out in the cold in Week 1. How many people drafted Johnson in the first round of their fantasy drafts this year only to scream, “Who is this guy” as Foster ran wild like Hulkamania?
This might not be the end of it. Everybody is in agreement that Foster will not surpass 200 yards every week, but the Texans will certainly run the ball, right? Foster said that the running game was a big part of the gameplan against the Colts.
“We knew we had to run the ball, especially in the fourth quarter,” Foster said. “We knew what we had to do. It’s a tribute to the offensive line and the coaches trusting in the run game. We showed we could get it done. Now we have a dangerous offense because we still have a lot of weapons outside man. We’re trying to prove ourselves against the elite in the NFL and we took the first step today. “
That sounds like a team that will run a lot.
The Texans have built this team to be strong on defense, so an offense that grinds the clock with a strong running game makes a lot of sense. Obviously you would never sit Schaub or Johnson, but these facts make guys like WR Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones seem less attractive right now.
Of course, as luck would have it, this is the year that I am rolling with ‘Dre Johnson on my team. Foster is awesome, indeed. But there is a real fear that he could level out the rest of the team, kind of similar to what Emmitt Smith did to the Cowboys way back when.
– Adam Rank
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