If you came away from your fantasy football draft with Steve Slaton, you probably used a late first-round or early second-round pick on the Texans running back and had visions of another 1,200-plus yard rushing campaign. Things aren't going as planned for you or the Houston running back.
After losing his fifth fumble of the season, Slaton was benched on Sunday in favor of Ryan Moats, who ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Now, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, Slaton will have to battle for his starting job.
Adam Caplan, who is a writer for Scout with FoxSports.com, says that all three running backs for Houston will get playing time. With that declaration we have yet another running back-by-committee situation brewing in the NFL. This news is not good for any fantasy football GM who owns Slaton.Benched in favor of Ryan Moats, Slaton must be wondering if he'll get his starting job back. The previously little-used Moats wasn't in a sharing mood against the Bills. He rushed for 126 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Texans overwhelmed the Bills 31-10.
"Ryan took advantage of the situation," coach Gary Kubiak said, although he demurred when asked if Moats is the new starter. "We'll go to next week. We'll see."
Other Fantasy Football NotesNo decision on who will start at running back yet for the #Texans. Head coach Gary Kubiak said all three backs will play.
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