Running back wrap: Arian Foster runs wild

Updated: January 14, 2011, 1:03 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Houston Texans breakout running back Arian Foster was fantasy football's scoring leader for the 2010 season, topping Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson, Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers, and everyone else in the game. He was also one of fantasy's top draft-day bargains, having been selected in the fifth round of ESPN average live drafts, after 22 others at his position, including Beanie Wells, Ronnie Brown and a pair of disappointing Carolina Panthers.

Still, I can't name Foster my No. 1 running back for the upcoming 2011 season -- hey, we're still in the 2010 playoffs, but 2011 is upcoming -- based solely on what he accomplished this past season. Put me on the spot in an actual draft today, I'll still take Peterson first. I'll take Chris Johnson second and Maurice Jones-Drew third. Let's congratulate Foster for his terrific season, and the fact that after Vick, no player was a member of more ESPN standard league postseason squads, but I look at the near 400 touches, the likely presence of Ben Tate (who missed all of this season with a foot injury) and the fact I expect more from Matt Schaub/Andre Johnson next season as reasons for some apprehension. But ranking fourth overall isn't such a bad place to be.