| Running Back, Houston Texans
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Ht: 6’1” Wt: 229 DOB: 1986-08-24 Age: 28
|After being an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009, Foster has emerged as not only the top rated fantasy running back in 2012 but also as a contender for the title of the league’s top player at his position. Although a hamstring injury caused him to miss two and a half games and he sat out Week 17, Foster still managed to finish the season as the 4th ranked running back in total fantasy points and 1st on a per game basis. If you want consistency, Foster also provides that, having reached double-digit fantasy points in 27 of his last 31 games. Are there concerns? Sure. The team lost two starters along the offensive line (Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel), Foster signed a lucrative long term contract and backup Ben Tate proved he was worthy of touches as he came within 58 yards of topping 1,000 rushing yards. While Tate is good, Foster is clearly the Texans go to player on offense and it is worth noting that Tate was barely used in the team’s two playoff games last season and averaged less than ten touches per game when Foster was healthy. It’s a no-brainer, folks. If you have the 1st selection in your fantasy draft, Foster is your pick.
| Foster practices Wednesday, expected to start -- Wed Nov 26 10:00 pm --|
RB missed last two games with groin injury
|The Texans got some good news Wednesday when running back Arian Foster was able to practice after missing the last two games with a groin injury.
“He looked pretty good,” coach Bill O’Brien said.
Barring a setback, Foster will start against Tennessee.
FF Today's Take: Good news for Foster owners as the Texans give up the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Barring any setbacks in practice this week, Foster will be an RB1 in Week 13.
| Arian Fosters sits Friday, Questionable -- Fri Nov 21 3:45 pm --|
Missed practice the last two days
|Texans running back Arian Foster (groin) is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium. Foster did not practice twice this week (Thursday, Friday) and was limited Wednesday. Coach Bill O’Brien and Foster didn’t provide any clarity Friday about the back’s status versus the Bengals. Foster missed last Sunday’s victory at Cleveland due to injury.
FF Today's Take: It's never a good sign when a player misses both Thursday and Friday practices. For now, Foster will be a gametime decision but all signs point to him being inactive. If that happens, Alfred Blue would once again get the start and qualify as an RB2 in Week 12.
| Foster expected to share carries in Week 12 -- Thu Nov 20 3:30 pm --|
|Arian Foster (groin) returned to practice Wednesday and is day-to-day heading into Sunday’s matchup against Cincinnati at NRG Stadium. Asked to elaborate about Foster’s status, coach Bill O’Brien didn’t budge. Foster missed the Texans’ Week 11 road victory against Cleveland. “Day-to-day,” O’Brien said. “I like it when all the guys are out there (practicing).”
If Foster returns Sunday, he’ll likely share carries with Alfred Blue. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: It is widely expected that Foster will return to the field against the Bengals and it is probably in his best long-term interests that he is eased back into things. With that said, Foster has assumed most of the workload even when he has been far less than 100 percent. As a result, don't be surprised if "sharing carries" in Houston this weekend means about a 75:25 split in favor of Foster.
| Arian Foster practices Wednesday -- Wed Nov 19 3:10 pm --|
|Arian Foster returned to practice today for the Texans. (Houston Texans via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster missed Week 10 with a groin injury. In his place, Alfred Blue rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries. For now, you can pencil Foster into your starting lineup. More updates to come later this week.
| Arian Foster officially ruled out, Blue to start -- Sat Nov 15 2:30 pm --|
Foster won't make the trip to Cleveland
|Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns because of a groin injury. Rookie Alfred Blue will start in Foster's place Sunday against Cleveland.
FF Today's Take: Multiple reports yesterday suggested Foster would not play this week and now it is official. Blue will get the start at running back for the Texans. He'll face a Browns' defense that ranks middle of the pack (17th) in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Arian Foster very questionable to play -- Fri Nov 14 2:00 pm --|
Expected to make trip to Cleveland
|O’Brien hasn’t completely ruled out running back Arian Foster, who will make the trip and work out for the coaches Sunday morning before a final decision is made. Indications are he won’t play because of a groin strain suffered in the Eagles game, but the Texans have listed him as questionable, rather than doubtful, on the official injury report. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Most of the media reports surrounding Foster point him to being on the doubtful side of questionable. Foster owners should expect him to be Inactive on Sunday and be making other plans for their lineup. Alfred Blue would get the start in Foster's absence and be a low-end RB2 against a Cleveland defense that ranks 17th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Foster "definitely" a game-time decision -- Thu Nov 13 4:10 pm --|
Recovering from Week 9 groin injury
|Texans HC Bill O'Brien: Arian Foster is definitely a game-time decision, and we'll work him out before the game. (Drew Dougherty on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: In case it hasn't been said enough already, Alfred Blue needs to be owned in all leagues. The Browns are the Texans' Week 11 opponent and, while they managed to contain Jeremy Hill last week, they still own one of the league's worst rush defenses. The good news is that Browns-Texans is a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday, so owners should know his status an hour or so in advance and be able to make alternate plans if necessary.
|Arian Foster expected to play versus Browns -- Tue Nov 11 9:40 am --|
Groin seems okay, but Alfred Blue still a smart add
|The Texans should be in good shape physically when they play at Cleveland on Sunday.
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph passed the concussion protocol and will start against the Browns.
“He was out there today, and he looked good,” coach Bill O’Brien said after practice.
The only player the Texans know they’ll be missing is cornerback Kareem Jackson, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee against Philadelphia and could miss three games.
“The players I mentioned last week are still day-to-day,” O’Brien said.
That means running back Arian Foster, inside linebacker Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
Foster and Cushing are expected to play. No one has any idea about Clowney, who continues to experience soreness in his knee. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans are dealing with some important defensive injuries and have benched Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of the strong-armed Ryan Mallett, who makes his first NFL start. It's hard to say how much the Texans will use Foster in Week 11, so Alfred Blue makes an interesting flex option, and both Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins remain must-play WRs in 12-team leagues.
| Foster suffers groin injury in Week 9 loss -- Mon Nov 3 4:10 pm --|
Day-to-day, for now
|Texans RB Arian Foster left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles midway through the third quarter after suffering a groin injury. Foster's frustration was evident on the field, as he slammed his helmet onto the ground before heading to the locker room shortly thereafter. A pending MRI will offer more details as to how significant Foster's injury is. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Texans insider Drew Dougherty tweeted that HC Bill O'Brien merely said his running back was "day-to-day" on Monday. Houston's bye week couldn't come at a better time for Foster, who has been fantasy's highest-scoring back since missing Week 4 with a hamstring injury. For what it is worth, CBS and NFL Network have already reported the injury was not all that serious. Alfred Blue would be the favorite for 15-plus touches in Week 11 if Foster is still sidelined.
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