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For whatever reason, we have all just given Arian Foster a pass on being injury prone. This is the 2nd time in 3 seasons that we have been talking about a soft tissue injury in the preseason affecting his ADP. The list of ailments that Foster has suffered throughout his collegiate and professional career include a torn ACL, a pulled hamstring, and a heart condition that forced him to miss action in week 16 last year. In 2011, Foster also put his owners in the disastrous position of starting a game, but not finishing it due to injury; which in reality is worse for fantasy owners, because they are stuck with a dead roster spot.

To put that in context, we have all given the injury prone label to players like Darren McFadden, who hasn’t ever actually started the season with an injury. Head honcho Frank Dupont likes to point that you can take advantage of players with a depressed price, due to unjustified concerns about injury; however, at some point, the case builds up against Foster. Alright, to be fair, the number of DNPs that McFadden has compiled in his career probably make the injury prone label accurate.

When comparing Foster to other elite running backs (Adrian Peterson, C.J Spiller, Doug Martin, Lesean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch, Ray Rice, Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris) all of them have their separate concerns. Peterson with a shredded ACL, Spiller with a slight frame, McCoy with repeated lower body injuries, Lynch with his back, Charles with a recovering ACL, Richardson and his ribs (or calf more recently). The general point here is that running back is inherently a position that is prone to the most physical abuse. As NFL athletes get bigger and faster, running back injuries are going to become more common. An elite running back will touch the ball 300% more than anyone else on the team, not including blocking responsibilities which are even harsher on the running back. The reason these guys have a short shelf life is that they are getting hit much more frequently than anyone else on the field.

Pundits who are saying that Foster is safe, due to his guaranteed workload and RZ looks, are missing the point. All of these upper echelon running backs are in excellent situations to utilize their skills, but they play a position that is simply more likely to suffer injuries. With that knowledge, you tell me: Is Arian Foster injury prone?

NameYRWeekSTATUSInjury_ReportDNP
Arian Foster20091   
Arian Foster20092   
Arian Foster20093   
Arian Foster20094   
Arian Foster20095   
Arian Foster20096   
Arian Foster20097   
Arian Foster20098   
Arian Foster20099   
Arian Foster200910   
Arian Foster200911   
Arian Foster200912   
Arian Foster200913PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster200914PProbable: ribs 
Arian Foster200915   
Arian Foster200916   
Arian Foster20101   
Arian Foster20102   
Arian Foster20103   
Arian Foster20104   
Arian Foster20105   
Arian Foster20106PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster20107   
Arian Foster20108   
Arian Foster20109   
Arian Foster201010   
Arian Foster201011   
Arian Foster201012   
Arian Foster201013   
Arian Foster201014   
Arian Foster201015PProbable: hip 
Arian Foster201016   
Arian Foster20111QQuestionable: hamstringDNP
Arian Foster20112PProbable: hamstring 
Arian Foster20113DDoubtful: hamstringDNP
Arian Foster20114PProbable: hamstring 
Arian Foster20115PProbable: hip 
Arian Foster20116QQuestionable: quadricep 
Arian Foster20117   
Arian Foster20118   
Arian Foster20119   
Arian Foster201110   
Arian Foster201111   
Arian Foster201112   
Arian Foster201113   
Arian Foster201114   
Arian Foster201115   
Arian Foster201116   
Arian Foster201117PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster201118   
Arian Foster20121PProbable: chest/knee 
Arian Foster20122PProbable: illness 
Arian Foster20123   
Arian Foster20124PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster20125PProbable: hamstring 
Arian Foster20126PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster20127PProbable: knee 
Arian Foster20128   
Arian Foster20129   
Arian Foster201210   
Arian Foster201211   
Arian Foster201212PProbable: finger 
Arian Foster201213   
Arian Foster201214   
Arian Foster201215   
Arian Foster201216PProbable: arrhythmia 
Arian Foster201217   
Arian Foster201218   

Perhaps the reason that we, as a community, haven’t given Foster the injury prone label is that he only accrued 2 DNP’s his entire NFL career. There is something to be said for his ability to play through smaller injuries, I just find it interesting that someone with Foster’s myriad injuries isn’t considered as prone to actually getting injured.

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    Davis Mattek is a 21 year old English Major at Kansas State University. He can be found most days writing about fantasy sports for www.sportswunderkind.com , FantasyInsiders, RotoAcademy and Rotoviz.

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