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Does Arian Foster have any tread left on his tires? Photo by Ronald Martinez/Staff/Getty Images
Does Arian Foster have any tread left on his tires? Photo by Ronald Martinez/Staff/Getty Images

Even before Foster’s ADP took a hit with all the injury news of the past several weeks, there were questions about him all over the fantasy community. “His yards per carry are on a downward trajectory," “he’s carried the ball more than any other running back over the past three years," “he’s already injured," and “he’s not even worth a first-round pick anymore” are some of the things I’ve seen on Twitter over the past few months. Some I agree with, some I don’t, but where do you take Foster at this point?

I like Foster just as much as the next guy, but I can’t help but be worried by the fact that he didn’t start practicing until August 21. While he came back from his “anti-awesomeness” injury and is still only 27, there are some warning flags that make me want to avoid Foster for most of the first round this year. I think the line in the sand for when I take Foster is when Matt Forte and Steven Jackson are the best backs left on the board. Before that, I’m going with the safer options like LeSean McCoy and Trent Richardson.