Houston's decisive win over Jacksonville was a showcase for rookie running back
The Houston running back stable is depleted, but Slaton is proving that he can carry a significant workload, and the team has preserved him well. He touched the ball 23 times on Monday night, consistently displaying good vision, quick bursts through holes, and the ability to accelerate into higher gears when he hits the second level of defenders. Such qualities have solidified Slaton as a prime RB2 again as the fantasy postseason begins in many leagues. Gone are the whispers that the smallish-yet-exciting running back was either banged up, hitting the notorious rookie wall, or both.
The Texans lack a true goal-line ballcarrier, as Slaton was denied a possible touchdown on three consecutive attempts late in the third quarter. Yet, he bounced back to score twice in the fourth, including a late 40-yard scoring run against a tired, beaten Jacksonville defense. The long TD served mostly as window dressing by that point, but it was an excellent bonus for Slaton's fantasy owners, further proving his resiliency. You can't keep a determined runner like Slaton out of the end zone for too long, even if he lacks the bulk to punch the ball in when he carries in short space.
Houston will be careful not to overwork Slaton in the final weeks, though. All they really have behind him on the depth chart is
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Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards and scored his ninth touchdown of the season. Peterson has scored at least one touchdown in five of the Vikings last six games and is the top running back in fantasy.