Arian Foster Injury: Texans RB Will Still Dominate Fantasy Football in 2011

Do not panic, fantasy football GMs: Yes, Houston Texans running back and consensus No. 1 fantasy draft pick Arian Foster reaggravated his hamstring this weekend, but no, it won't harm your team (or, unfortunately for those without him, your opponents') in either the short- or long-term.

Foster, despite a nagging hamstring injury, looks to continue his streak of domination in 2011. He played through a torn meniscus in 2010 on his way to the NFL rushing title.

And while playing hurt is never an advisable way to navigate a season, his performance last year proves that his production doesn't appear to decline even when he is injured.

Even once the hamstring has healed fully, he does have a higher risk of the injury returning; however, whether he can or cannot remain healthy, he looks poised to match—or even surpass—his marks of 1,616 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns from 2010.

Yes, there are other running backs with promise on the Texans' roster, such as Ben Tate, but do not look for Foster's carries to be significantly reduced.

Even if he does get handed the ball less often than last season, his 4.9 yards-per-carry average won't be getting much lower, boding well for another dominant fantasy year.

So worry not, those with Foster on the roster: This injury portends nothing, and as of yet, there's no need for you to pull a Colin Cowherd on the rushing leader.

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