Fantasy Football owners got a big surprise in 2010, when Arian Foster burst on the scene to become a dominant force. Thus, it suprised no one, when Foster had another big season in 2011. Yet, 2011 did show a couple of things about Foster’s game, one that he can be an explosive receiver and two he is far from a fluke. Foster is legitimately one of the best running backs PPR Fantasy owners can get their hands on.
Foster was hampered by a hamstring injury to start the season and because of that he didn’t truly get going until week 4, therefore his rushing yards were down from 1, 616 and 1, 224 and his yards per carry average fell from 4.9 to 4.4. However, there are a few things to consider here: First, as noted previously, Foster wasn’t healthy to start the season, meaning he never had the benefit of a full training camp and as Chris Johnson can attest, that can make for a slow start production wise. Secondly, when franchise quarterback Matt Schaub went down due to injury and star wide receiver Andre Johnson was also out, the burden of carrying the Texans offense fell on Arian Foster.
To this challenge, Foster responded beautifully, sure his average dipped a bit due to a lack of explosiveness in the passing game, but in the end the process revealed that he is not only an elite runner, he’s also pretty good as a pass catcher too.
In 2010, Foster caught 66 passes for 604 yards and two touchdowns, which are very solid fantasy numbers. In 2011, Foster caught fewer passes in 53 but actually had more receiving yards with 617 compared to 604 in 2010. This equates to an increase in yards per reception of 2.4 from 9.2 in 2010 to 11.6 last season. That is a significant difference.
With those numbers in mind, it’s reasonable to assume that Foster will be the top PPR Fantasy Football running back this season. Houston loves to run the football, so Foster will the be focal point of the offense once again and with his improved receiving skills, coupled with the returns of Schaub and Johnson, he should be able to get well over 2,000 total yards, including over 60 receptions.
PPR Fantasy Football Advice: If you have a chance to draft Foster do it! No questions asked! This guy is the best running back in Fantasy Football and he doesn’t have Andy Reid for a head coach or a touchdown thief to steal his touchdowns. He is as safe as they come.