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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

6-0, 226Born: 9-24-1986College: TennesseeDrafted: ---

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): Foster doesn't like playing on short weeks, but his owners sure liked the huge game he had in the loss to the Colts. Now he gets a few extra days to rest his hamstring against a Steelers defense that is waving the white flag. Foster has the highest durability risk of any of the RB1s right now, but he is producing like a champ.

General News (Sat Oct 18): practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Fri Oct 17): practiced fully on Friday.

General News (Thu Oct 16): partially participated in Thursday's practice. He's dealing with a groin issue which is always scary with a risk of re-aggravation. But it's looking like he'll be able to go this week.

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Arian Foster was up and down during the first month of the season, but has gotten on a roll of late, with 23/157/2 rushing and 2/15/0 receiving at Dallas two weeks ago, and then 20/109/2 rushing and 3/32/0 receiving vs. Indianapolis last week. He is the engine that makes the Texans' offense go, and they are giving him mid-20's in touches consistently now that he's got his hamstring issue back under control. The Steelers' rush D went from stout (15/56/0 rushing allowed to Jacksonville two weeks ago) to sloppy (38/158/3 given up to the Browns' backs last weekend) in a span of two weeks. This up-and-down unit is playing inconsistently vs. opposing rushers, as their 15th-ranked season average indicates (111.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores handed over to date). Foster is building momentum in this phase of the game, while the Steelers' rush D took two steps back last week. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Texans - Foster could have a big game if the sloppy version of Pittsburgh's D shows up, or he could wind up stymied on Monday Night Football.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs BUF 8 6 0 10 7 55 0 0
5 at DAL 23 157 2 5 2 15 0 0
6 vs IND 20 109 2 4 3 32 0 0
7 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 20 * * 3 * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 21 * * 4 * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 21 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)

Foster admitted after the game that he was not 100% healthy, and it showed. Bill O'Brien seemed to concede that the Texans could not effectively run the ball on the Bills, as shown by the 16 non-quarterback run attempts in the game. Foster did most of his damage as a receiver, catching 7 of his 10 targets at an average of 7.9 yards per reception. Additionally, 4 of those receptions were for first downs. The offensive line did not block well for Foster or backup Alfred Blue, but Foster showed good agility in the open field to make at least one defender miss. While Foster did not look completely healthy, he did not seem to suffer any setbacks. His adeptness as a receiver shows that he should return to the RB1 level against a meager Cowboys run defense next week.

2014 Week 5 vs DAL (23 / 157 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Foster started slow on Sunday, but eventually woke up and had a monster day. Foster had several long runs which contributed to his 6.8 yards per carry. On runs which Foster managed to break through the line of scrimmage, he often wasn't tackled until he was deep in Dallas' secondary. Foster showed little ill effects of the lingering hamstring injury that kept him sidelined two weeks ago and admittedly hampered him last week. Foster made an incredible open field cut to juke a Cowboys defensive back on his way to scoring his first touchdown. Foster looks completely healthy after his injury concerns showing good burst and his long stride which he is known for, but his 23 carries today make 86 for the year. That puts him on pace for 323 carries for the year even with the one game missed already, and it makes one wonder how long until Foster is forced from game action yet again.

2014 Week 6 vs IND (20 / 109 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Foster had yet another stalwart week, exposing the Colts run defense for 5.4 yards per carry. Foster exhibited his trademarked patience and burst moving the offense on three scoring drives, two of which he was the ultimate recipient of. Foster converted 3 of his 4 targets for 32 yards, making him even better in PPR formats. Well over half the offense was run through Foster, which is the way it should be given the talent or lack thereof around him. Foster did add 23 touches to his season tally, bringing up his total to 122 touches through just 5 games played. Alfred Blue received little work in the game, carrying the ball only three times and receiving no passing targets, but he did the most with the work he did get averaging over 7 yards per carry. Blue is not nearly as good as Foster, but is a must own considering Foster's workload thus far and his injury history.


Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster probable (Sat Oct 18, 03:26 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) participated fully in practice Saturday, Oct. 18 and is probable for Monday, Oct. 20.

Our View: Foster has been outstanding over the last two weeks. He's had over 100-yards rushing in each of the last two games while also scoring four touchdowns. He's a must-start RB1 against the Steelers on Monday night.
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Texans | Arian Foster back to full practice (Fri Oct 17, 04:44 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) returned to a full practice Friday, Oct. 17.

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Texans | Arian Foster limited Thursday (Thu Oct 16, 05:31 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Foster is going to be limited at times during the week of practice, but we're expecting him to be a full go in the Monday night game against the Steelers. He's an RB1 for your fantasy team.
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Texans | Arian Foster strong in loss (Fri Oct 10, 12:29 AM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster had 20 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns to go along with three catches for 32 yards in the team's Week 6 loss Thursday, Oct. 9.

Our View: What hamstring injury? Foster has been able to play at an incredibly high level over the last two weeks even though he's been a bit limited during the week of practice by a hamstring. Start him every week he's in the lineup.
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Texans | Arian Foster will play (Wed Oct 8, 05:46 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 8, and is probable for Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 9.

Our View: Foster will play, and he's a must start in Week 6. He was still dealing with this hamstring injury and had a monster game last week. Foster may not duplicate that on a short week, but he's certainly worth starting.
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