Is Arian Foster the slam-dunk No. 2 pick? 

August, 9, 2013

We can all agree that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the top pick in fantasy football drafts this season. What we apparently cannot agree on for sure is who is second. A month or so ago, I was confidently on board with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster as a really strong consolation prize if you don’t get the first pick. After all, Foster finished the 2012 season tied with Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Doug Martin for second in standard running back scoring, and did so despite his yards per carry declining to an average level. Backup Ben Tate is younger, faster, somewhat healthier … and here we are in August and Foster is still my No. 2 pick.

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Stew Milne/USA TODAY SportsArian Foster (left) remains No. 2 in ADP, but his declining yards per carry has some owners concerned.

I’ve considered moving Foster down several spots, as I’m just a bit less confident in health, workload and to some degree performance, leaving some doubt that he’s a no-brainer No. 2 choice. I’ve seen in several drafts recently, and in the rankings of colleagues at ESPN and beyond, that he’s hardly everyone else’s No. 2 pick. To be honest, the main issue I have with moving this touchdown machine down in the top 10 is mainly about the other options that would supplant Foster.