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RB Arian Foster - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Jay Ajayi's numbers have slumped during November, partly due to a rash of injuries along the offensive line. Offensive tackle Branden Albert (wrist injury, doubtful on Friday's injury report) and center Mike Pouncey (hip injury, out on Friday) didn't practice at all last week, and they were inactive on last Sunday as expected. Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (shoulder injury) was listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report, and he wound up being inactive for Week 12 after being limited in practices throughout last week. The injury woes along the offensive line help explain Jay Ajayi's relatively-modest 18/45/1 rushing with two targets for 1/11/0 receiving against the woeful 49ers' rush defense last weekend - his line isn't opening much in the way of holes for him right now, even though he's getting plentiful opportunities. All told, the Dolphins had 26/95/1 rushing as a team last weekend. The Ravens' rush defense is ranked #1 in the NFL averaging 74.9 yards allowed per game, and they are tied with K.C. for least rushing scores given out to date with just four rushing TDs surrendered. The Bengals managed 20/64/0 rushing last weekend - Dallas managed 30/118/0 rushing two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Baltimore averages 10.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (least in the NFL). This is a bad matchup for Ajayi and his beat-up offensive line.

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs BUF (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Foster's workload before his September injury has yet to return and Jay Ajayi seized the lead job for the second straight week with more than 200 rushing yards. Foster was relegated to a change-of-pace role and third-down option. The different in between the now 30 years old Foster and Jay Ajayi was overt in this game. Without an injury to Ajayi it is difficult to project Foster's role rising beyond 5-to-10 touches in a given week going forward.

2016 Week 6 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Foster made his return from a hamstring injury on Sunday, but he was not a factor due to the emergence of Jay Ajayi. Foster did not get many opportunities, rushing only three times for three yards, while catching two passes for 12 yards. He looked like a player who was still trying to shake the rust off after missing four consecutive weeks of play, and it will be very interesting to see how Miami divides touches between their backfield moving forward.

2016 Week 2 vs NE (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster came up limp with a hamstring injury after only his third carry in the game. While the injury is not considered serious, it does highlight the risk the Dolphins took when acquiring a veteran with an injury riddled past.

2016 Week 1 vs SEA (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)

Foster did not set the world on fire, but is veteran presence was evident as he showed little frustration despite the tough going against the Seahawks D. After a few carries with nowhere to go, the field finally opened up for Foster on a screen pass and he expertly shed a couple of tackles down the sideline for a fifty yard gain. He took another screen pass late in the game, down to the 2 yard line (and then lost out on the short yardage play to Tannehill's draw play). Overall, Foster had his ups and downs while making good reads throughout. Late in the game, he seemed strong and was helping to move the chains moreso than in the early going.

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Schedule

13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs Arizona Cardinals
15@ New York Jets
16@ Buffalo Bills
17vs New England Patriots