If you liked Arian Foster in 2011, when he finished with 1,224 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns and 617 receiving yards, you’re going to like him again in 2014, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said Monday on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.
Headed into 2014, Foster is coming off an injury-plagued season where he scored just two touchdowns – one on the ground, one receiving – and finished with 542 yards rushing, his lowest total since his rookie season. Foster’s track record is a proven one, though; he rushed for at least 1,200 yards each season from 2010-12, totaled 31 rushing touchdowns over that three-year period, and in two of those seasons, averaged better than nine yards per reception, a remarkable number for a running back.
McClain explained that, in an offense where running the ball will be central, Foster should enjoy another big season, should he stay healthy.
“He had 16 touchdowns to lead the league in 2012,” McClain said of Foster. “Because of injuries last year, he had two. You take 15 touchdowns away and you lose nine games by seven or fewer points, that one player made a huge impact by not being here. [...] Foster, if he stays healthy, I don’t know why he shouldn’t bounce back, have the kind of season he had three seasons before. He can do anything physically. He’s more important than Fitzpatrick, just because they run the ball so much, and also because they wanna throw it to him, just as they’ve always done.
“He’ll be the dominant offensive player again,” McClain continued. “Texans are gonna play some good old-fashioned football.”
Another impact player in Houston, Andre Johnson, has been absent from the team’s offseason activities. Still, there isn’t a chance he’ll be dealt prior to the season, according to McClain.
“Andre Johnson will not be traded. Andre will be here. If he’s not here at the start of camp, he’ll be here the last week before regular season, because he makes $10 million,” McClain said. “There’s no way he’s walking away from $458,000 and change per week.”
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