| Running Back, Miami Dolphins
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Ht: 6’1” Wt: 229 DOB: 1986-08-24 Age: 30
|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.
| Arian Foster has "groin strain" -- Tue Sep 20 12:48 pm --|
Dolphins RB will likely miss 1-2 games
|NFL writer Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) on Twitter: "Early word on #Dolphins RB Arian Foster is it's just a groin strain. Iffy for Sunday but probably won't miss more than 1-2 games." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster's status for Sunday is questionable, but would probably be considered doubtful if that designation was still available. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two and will see his carries consumed by a committee of Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake. Ajayi would likely draw the start if Foster has to sit out against the Browns.
|Jay Ajayi out Wk 1, didn't make trip to Seattle -- Fri Sep 9 3:30 pm --|
Upset after losing starting RB job to Foster
|Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was left in Miami and will not play in Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The decision was made by first-year head coach Adam Gase, who is getting set to make his NFL coaching debut. A Dolphins player said earlier this week that Ajayi, who lost the No. 1 running back job to Arian Foster, was upset over demotion.
“If you let it get the best of you, it shows,” the player said. “Let’s see what you’re made of.”
FF Today's Take: Ajayi fantasy prospects have taken a nosedive ever since Foster was signed this off-season. It' likely he'll right the ship at some point and resume his role as the No.2 running back on the depth chart but for now he's a deep stash on your bench. Foster has a difficult matchup in what likely will be a bad game script but is worth RB2 consideration.
| Arian Foster claims running back job -- Mon Sep 5 7:30 pm --|
Easily beat out Jay Ajayi despite signing in mid-July
|The same goes for Arian Foster, who beat out Jay Ajayi for the starting running back job. The Dolphins telegraphed their thinking on this matter a month ago, when coaches were hopeful Foster would emerge as the top option. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: Ajayi got the starts in the preseason, but there was no suspense to be found here. The bigger mystery is whether or not the 30-year-old Foster can turn back the clock and give his new team more than half a season, especially considering the fact he is coming off an Achilles' injury. He should be considered a low-end RB2 given his three-down role, but a low-upside one at that. Few players are bigger injury risks and Miami's offensive line doesn't look any better than it has in recent years.
| Arian Foster expected to start -- Mon Aug 1 11:45 pm --|
HC: "He is going to be rolling with the ones"
|Miami RB Arian Foster also got some first team work and “he is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp,” HC Gase said. “His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.” (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: Jay Ajayi suffered a bone bruise on his left knee over the weekend, but Gase has apparently decided to hitch his wagon to the oft-injured Foster, who is more than nine full months removed from tearing his Achilles. Most owners are probably going to flock to Foster in hopes he can overcome the odds, but this news presents a pretty good buy-low window to acquire/draft Ajayi in the likely event the ex-Texan cannot make it through the season.
|Arian Foster expected to sign with Miami -- Mon Jul 18 4:14 pm --|
|RB Arian Foster is signing with the Dolphins, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster worked out for the Dolphins on Monday and reportedly had a visit with the Lions set up later in the week. The Dolphins apparently liked enough of what they saw from the veteran who will turn 30 in August and is coming off a serious Achilles injury. Jay Ajayi's fantasy value and ADP will take a hit but given Foster's injury, Ajayi is a worthwhile investment in the middle rounds.
|Foster to workout for Dolphins and Lions -- Sun Jul 17 7:20 pm --|
|Former Texans RB Arian Foster is scheduled to work out for Dolphins on Monday and Lions later this week, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster has been rehabbing an Achilles injury suffered in Week 8 (late October) last season. He's been linked previously this off-season with the Dolphins but wanted to wait until his foot improved before working out. Achilles injuries typically have a lengthy timetable so even if he does sign with a team, its difficult to predict how effective he'll be in 2016.
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