No NFL Fantasy Football owner wants to lose their first game of the season. Just like no NFL team wants to lose their first game of the year either. It just leaves a sour taste in your mouth, as it does for all teams. But fantasy owners and NFL teams should do one smart thing on Sunday and sit star running back Arian Foster when his Houston Texans take on the Miami Dolphins.
Isn’t it obvious?
Foster was the No. 1 RB taken off the boards in almost every single fantasy football draft this year. He was the top pick overall in many leagues, and it is well warranted. No running back – when healthy – is as explosive as Foster, both as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. You can make a case for Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and Lesean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, but in the end, Foster is the best.
That is why he should not play in the Texans’ season opener at home against the Dolphins Sunday afternoon.
Foster tweaked his knee during practice this week, and sat out of all drills on Friday. Foster is listed as questionable, and although he said he expects to play, there is no real reason why Houston should put him out there if he is not 100 percent.
To that end, there is no reason for fantasy owners to start him in their lineup in Week 1 either, and furthermore, they should actually hope that the Texans make it easier for them and go ahead and hold out Foster against the Dolphins.
Houston is going to annihilate Miami. It is possibly going to be the biggest blowout of the weekend, and it is at least the biggest mismatch on paper this week. Houston beat Miami last year without Foster, and they can certainly do it this year as well, as the Dolphins have only gotten worse.
Ben Tate is more than capable of carrying the load for Houston during the team’s opener. He has done it before. And while fantasy owners who have other running backs such as Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars are still debating whether to start them as their respective teams have not yet said whether or not they will be active, the Texans could do Foster owners a huge favor by simply announcing early Sunday that Foster will be inactive for the season opener.
Sit Foster regardless of how he says he feels. It is the smart thing to do.
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