The Texans don’t want Arian Foster setting another career high in carries, as he did last season with 351. They need Tate to stay healthy, unlike last season when he ran only 65 times for 279 yards and ranked third on the team in rushing.
If Tate can produce as he did in 2011 when he carried 175 times for 942 yards, the Texans will have the best one-two punch in the NFL. Tate worked hard in the offseason, and this is the last year of his contract. He has a chance to cash in as a free agent after the season.
We currently project 315 carries for Foster and 125 for Tate. Tate is an interest player for keeper league owners to target in the mid/late rounds as a stash for 2014.