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Ht: 6’1” Wt: 229 DOB: 1986-08-24 Age: 29
|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.
| Texans to employ committee approach at RB -- Tue Oct 27 9:25 am --|
Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk will share workload
|Without Arian Foster, the Texans’ running game has absorbed a major hit and will employ a committee approach of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes to try to assume some of Foster’s versatility and production. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: When Foster was sidelined previously after undergoing groin surgery, Blue was the starter and had one big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he flashed some vision and power.
“We’ve got to come together as a unit and have a good practice and come together for the Tennessee game,” Blue said. “It’s frustrating. We’re better than this.”
Blue is the Texans’ leading rusher with 234 yards and a touchdown on 60 carries and has averaged 3.9 yards per carry. He's the best bet to assume the majority of carries, but both Grimes and Polk will get work in the passing game and in teh red zone.
| Foster done for season with torn Achilles -- Mon Oct 26 4:10 pm --|
Texans likely to move forward with combination of Blue, Polk
|Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his injury.
Foster was carted off the field with a non-contact leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 44-26 embarrassing loss to Miami.
Foster left the game with 18 carries for 59 yards on the ground, five catches for 66 yards through the air and two touchdowns. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This marks another setback for Foster, who has rarely been fully healthy throughout his career and missed three games earlier this season with a groin injury. It's also quite possible he has played his final down with the Texans as well. Foster will turn 30 before the start of next season and will be owed $7 million in 2016 salary and bonuses. Expect Houston to invest a high draft pick at the position regardless of whether or not they sign a free agent their current stable of backs (Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes).
| HC: Foster nearing full-strength -- Fri Oct 16 5:30 pm --|
RB continues to make strides following groin surgery
|Texans Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has been involved in an accelerated build-up mode ever since making his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons. Foster’s surgeon, Dr. William Meyers, advised Foster that his groin would improve through play. “Yeah, I knew what he meant because it’s hard to trust it,” Foster said. “You can sprint as fast as you think you want to go in practice or in training or whatever, but there’s nothing like replicating a game feel. It’s just about getting out there and trusting it and trusting your rehab process.” The Texans have rushed for 96.2 yards per game, ranking 20th in the league. “We have not been efficient,” Foster said. “I know things can change.” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Foster has displayed signs of progress. “He’s had a good week,” O’Brien said. “It looks like he’s getting back to full strength.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Once a weekly must-start, Foster presents some interesting decisions for those with other options at RB. While he has been a factor in the Texans' passing game, he hasn't yet shown the same elusiveness running the ball as we've come to expect from the 29-year-old. He gets a favorable matchup against a Jaguars' defense this weekend.
| Arian Foster expected to play, barring setback -- Sun Oct 4 7:34 am --|
Texans RB has missed first three games with groin injury
|Barring pregame setback, Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to play today vs. Atlanta, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster has missed the first three games after having groin surgery in early August. He's been practicing this week but may be limited today against Atlanta according to media reports. Foster owners should expect no better than RB2 value if he plays.
| Arian Foster will be a game-time decision -- Wed Sep 30 2:43 pm --|
|Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week.
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons. "The night before, or 90 minutes before," O'Brien said of when he'd know Foster's status.
FF Today's Take: The Texans have been adamant about waiting until Foster is completely past his groin injury. After being limited in practice for a couple of weeks, fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate getting Foster into the lineup if he is given the green light Sunday. Nothing is certain however, so Alfred Blue could also be given another shot to lead the running attack. Whoever gets the starting nod will be worth plugging into fantasy lineups for Week 4 playing against a Falcons defense that has given up six rushing touchdowns in three weeks.
| Arian Foster ruled out for week 3 -- Fri Sep 25 6:55 pm --|
Jonathan Grimes may sit as well
|Arian Foster will have to wait at least one more week before he returns to the football field. The All-Pro was ruled out for Sunday’s game by head coach Bill O’Brien, but is progressing well in his recovery from an Aug. 3 groin injury. “He won’t play this week, but he’s doing well,” O’Brien said Friday. Running backs may be down one more if Jonathan Grimes can't play Sunday. Grimes, now in his third season with the Texans, will be a game-time decision. He practiced on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FF Today's Take: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will carry the load this weekend against Tampa Bay, and though neither have been especially productive thus far, they could post some decent numbers Sunday. The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 114 yards on the ground per game this season, and have surrendered three rushing touchdowns.
| Arian Foster ruled out Sunday -- Fri Sep 18 4:15 pm --|
Texans' RB practicing but HOU not ready to deploy star RB in a game
|Ryan Mallett will take over as the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday, but he'll do so without the services of running back Arian Foster. Foster (groin) made some progress this week and returned to a fairly active role in Texans practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned interested parties that this would be a slow integration. The team is hoping to have Foster for the long haul. While he would have been a nice safety net for Mallett as he tries to take hold of the starting job, Houston is wise to push the breaks on Foster. In the past, he's been dominant enough to win games on his own and they may need it down the stretch. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk each caught a pass in the opener but with the Texans facing a Panthers defense likely without Luke Kuechly they could try and exploit some short opportunities over the middle like Jacksonville did a week ago. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This should come as no surprise, as Foster had groin surgery on August 7th - just six weeks ago. But those who scooped him up in their drafts still got great value, as the former top-fantasy RB was initially predicted to be out for half the season. It now seems virtually certain that we will see Foster by week four, and possibly as early as week three. In the meantime, none of the Texans' backfield options are especially start-worthy.
| Foster returns to limited practice Thursday -- Thu Sep 17 5:35 pm --|
Has yet to be ruled out for Week 2
|Texans RB Arian Foster returned to practice Thursday, taking part in drills as he continues to make speedy progress after undergoing groin surgery in August. HC Bill O’Brien has previously said Foster won’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers. O’Brien said Thursday that Foster is still unlikely to play, but was noncommittal on whether he will play.
“We are slowly incorporating him back into practice,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t expect him this week, but you never know.”
Foster has been running for weeks and has reached the point where he’s gaining more and more confidence in his health. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: The smart money is that Foster will be ruled out in the next 24-48 hours. However, it is looking more and more likely that he'll get a shot to face Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 and, at worst, make his season debut in Week 4 at Atlanta. Houston will probably hand Foster a full workload upon his return and his owners should be thrilled; the Texans have one of the least challenging run-defense schedules this season.
| Foster not likely to return in Week 2 -- Mon Sep 14 3:40 pm --|
On track for Week 3 barring late setback
|Texans star RB Arian Foster remains well ahead of schedule following his groin surgery in training camp. Foster has continued to tell teammates and friends that a return for Week 2 is quite possible.
Worst case scenario, barring any unforeseen setback, would be playing in Week 3, a huge boost for a team with playoff aspirations in its second season under coach Bill O'Brien. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: HC Bill O'Brien stated in a post-game interview that he does not expect his star running back to suit up against Carolina. However, Foster was expected to miss nearly half the season initially after undergoing groin surgery in early August, so his owners should be thrilled about this turn of events. A Week 3 return would mean Foster opens his season against the likely poor run defenses of the Bucs, Falcons, Colts and Jaguars in succession.
| Foster "ahead of schedule" -- Thu Sep 10 6:00 pm --|
Tells reporters he feels "wonderful"
|Arian Foster isn't feeling great. Arian Foster is in a much better place.
"I'm feeling wonderful," the Pro Bowl running back told the Houston media on Thursday morning.
Foster suffered a groin injury in early August, and missed the rest of training camp, as well as all four preseason games. He had surgery, has been through rehab, and said he's making progress "day by day". He wouldn't give a timeline on when he'd return, but said "we're ahead of schedule". (HoustonTexans.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans haven't provided much information in terms of a timeline, but it is widely assumed Foster will be back on the field sometime early in October - perhaps Week 4. If that is the case, a number of owners that rolled the dice on him post-injury in the fourth and fifth round of their fantasy draft could have a high-end RB1 on their hands, especially given the Texans' relatively soft run schedule. Alfred Blue is expected to see the most carries in his absence.
| Foster to be back "sooner than later" -- Mon Sep 7 7:10 pm --|
Schefter: Could return in four, may be sidelined for six or more weeks
|When Arian Foster went in for groin surgery, there were reports that he could miss the first half of the regular season while he recovered. The Texans haven’t used their IR-return spot on Foster yet, however, and it doesn’t sound like they think they’ll need to avail themselves of that option.
“Arian is doing well, relative to the injury he has and the prognosis early on,” HC Bill O’Brien said, via the team. “He’s ahead of that. Again, like I always say to people, I reserve the right to change my mind. ... I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later based on the early prognosis.” (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: O'Brien non-update "update" doesn't help fantasy owners, while Adam Schefter's tweet essentially backs up the timeline most owners have been expecting. At this point, it would probably be wise for all parties involved to expect a return around Week 6. In the interim, Alfred Blue should serve as the lead back against a highly-favorable run schedule. Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes also figure to see a handful of touches in relief of Blue.
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