The last time we saw running back Steve Slaton as a productive player in fantasy football circles it was back in 2008. Now, waived from the Houston Texans, we may be given a chance to see what, if anything, Slaton has left provided he falls into the right situation.
In '08, Slaton rushed 268 times for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns while also hauling in 50 passes for another 377 yards and a score. It was an impressive rookie campaign, but was followed by an injury-shortened '09 season where he had troubles holding onto the football and failed to make an impact.
Two years removed from neck issues, Slaton has little wear on his body the past two years - he touched the ball just 22 times last season and just eight times through three games this year.
The truth of the matter is we really don't know what Slaton brings to the table anymore. He was an electric, quick back with soft hands in his rookie year. Has he lost that? We haven't seen enough the past two years to tell. The Houston offense has shown the ability to make many backs very productive, so there's a chance Slaton never would have had the rookie season he had elsewhere. Plus, three years for a running back (even a young one like Slaton) is a lifetime.
Talented running backs are hard to come by in fantasy football these days. Slaton may never again approach the numbers he posted in his rookie campaign, but what if he falls into the right situation that affords him an opportunity to?
The Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs could all use some help/depth at running back. Will one of them take a chance on Slaton, who has proven to be at least a capable third-down back?
In the fantasy football leagues where I'm weak at running back, I want the luxury of finding out if there is a hidden gem to be had here. In those leagues, I'm not going to hesitate to add Slaton as a No. 5 or No. 6 running back through waivers to find out if he can end up somewhere and a perfect storm can develop. What do you have to lose?
About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA
TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer
of the Year by the FSWA,
received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.
His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo!
Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured
on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA,
FSWA and FSTA.
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