Steve Slaton is Back In the Saddle Again | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings
This season has been a bumpy ride for Texans star running back Steve Slaton. The season low for fantasy football owners with Slaton had to be when he was benched against the Bills and Ryan Moats had a huge game.
Because of Slaton’s fumbling issue’s head coach Gary Kubiak continued to go with Moats as his starter when the Texans faced off against the Colts a week later.
Bye Week Magic?
After the Texans lost a close game to the Colts they went into their week ten bye with question marks still looming around their running game.
Over this time off Slaton was busy working on his ball handling skills and watching film of Tiki Barber running the football. Barber was a smaller running back like Slaton and in the early part of his starting career, he had trouble holding onto the football.
Barber corrected his fumbling mistakes with a new ball holding technique, and it saved his career as a starting runner.
Not only did Slaton watch film of Barber, but he went back and talked to old college coaches from West Virgina to see if they had any pointers on what he was doing different.
This commitment and attention to detail must have paid off in the eye’s of his head coach because two days before their Monday night game against the Titans, Slaton has officially won his starting job back.
Fantasy Game Plan for Using Steve Slaton
This week is a tough matchup for Slaton and the Texans running game, so I wouldn’t recommend starting Slaton as more than a flex play at best. However, if Slaton shows that he has used his off time well and starts playing the way we all know he can then he could do some damage down the stretch.
After this week Slaton has the Colts, Jaguars, Seahawks, Rams and Dolphins for the rest of the fantasy football season. Those last three opponents listed are all games during the fantasy football playoffs.
Look for Slaton to shine now that he’s back in the saddle again.
NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com