Second round pick Ben Tate looks like he will be out for the season with a broken ankle. Tate was third on the depth charts behind Arian Foster and Steve Slaton, but even if he did not win the #1 job, he was certainly going to throw a monkey wrench into the fantasy works.
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Steve Slaton has abandoned the failed attempt to be a feature back through gaining weight. It slowed him down and he ended up injured in 2009, thus opening the door for Arian Foster. Slaton is back to his 2008 weight, but the scary neck injury and subsequent spinal surgery loom larger. Couple that with the fact that he probably ideally suited to be a third down back, it looks like Foster will get the bulk of the carriers and Slaton will be a pass catching back who may be worth a #4 RB spot in PPR leagues. Foster on the other hand, looks like a very good RB3 now, and maybe more.
There are two things we have to wait on – 1. confirmation that Tate is unfortunately down for the count, 2. see how the remaining backs are being used in preseason. It seems like Foster will emerge as the most valuable back from the Texans.