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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): If there were any questions about Foster's ability to put up strong RB1 numbers week in, week out, they should be gone now. With the Giants up next and a strong defense, Foster looks like a first-round pick again.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: at New York Giants

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs WAS 27 103 0 2 2 17 0 1
2 at OAK 28 138 1 3 2 12 0 0
3 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 21 * * 3 * * *
3 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 21 * * 4 * * *
3 at NYG PROJ-Bloom 22 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 103 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Foster looked like the All Pro running back of old, and was the offensive MVP on Sunday. Even though Foster averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, that doesn't tell the story of how hard he ran against a Washington defense that obviously stacked the box in an effort to concentrate on Foster. In fact, given how often the Redskins either stonewalled the Texans offensive line at the line of scrimmage or got penetration into the backfield, it was impressive that Foster racked up as many yards as he did. Foster showed the great balance, vision, patience and burst that made him the top fantasy runner for several years under Gary Kubiak. While Bill O'Brien called several outside and inside zone runs, which Foster ran predominantly under the old Texans scheme, Foster also ran power and counter plays against Washington with proficiency. Foster also showed his versatility as a receiver catching a drive extending screen and an additional check down. Foster likely received so much work, 29 touches in total, because both Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue aren't trusted yet by the coaching staff, especially on passing downs. Grimes and Blue only had a carry apiece. The one negative to Foster's game was a crucial fumble lost inside the Washington 10 yard line at the end of a great drive in the fourth quarter. The coaching staff showed commitment to Foster, however, by giving him the very first carry on the next drive. Foster looked like he has fully recovered from injuries that limited him in 2013 and in the preseason, but it seems unlikely that will remain the case if his workload maintains this pace.

2014 Week 2 vs OAK (28 / 138 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Foster put in another MVP caliber day. Foster is obviously back to where he was athletically before his injury riddled season last year, but that's not all that makes him so special. Again and again on Sunday he showed his patience and understanding of where holes might develop. Very rarely does Foster run for no gain, and if he does it's usually because of penetration all over the line. That's not happening a lot though, as this line seems to be in the process of gelling. Sunday the offensive line dominated the Raiders, but Oakland's defense also gave up over 200 yards rushing in Week One, so the proficiency of Texans' line needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The biggest concern at this point has to be the incredible workload of Foster already. In two games, Foster already has 55 carries and 4 receptions, which puts him on pace for over 450 touches in the season. This pace is untenable for any running back, but especially one with a history of over usage. Bill O'Brien told the media last week he would effort to get backup Alfred Blue involved earlier, which he did. Blue received a few carries on the second offensive series, but was taken out on third downs for Foster as Blue is obviously not trusted in pass protection yet. If Foster keeps getting this type of workload though, Blue should be owned as a Foster injury would seem imminent.

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Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster limited Wednesday (Wed Sep 17, 05:20 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Our View: The Texans may mix in Alfred Blue more in the coming weeks in order to keep Foster fresh. At his current pace, he's going to record over 400 carries this year. That's not going to happen, so expect Foster's workload to be shrunk just a bit.
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Texans | Arian Foster post big stat line (Sun Sep 14, 08:53 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, and he added two receptions for 12 yards. Foster has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to open the season.

Our View: Foster has looked every bit pf the top 5 level fantasy pick stud workhorse back he has been for most of the last four seasons. With a good defense and schedule, Foster will be an everyweek RB1 as long as he is healthy.
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Texans | Arian Foster will suit up (Sun Sep 14, 03:12 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (ribs) is active for the team's Week 2 game.

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Texans | Arian Foster listed as probable (Fri Sep 12, 06:27 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.

Our View: Foster looked like his old self last week and can be started with confidence as an RB1 in Oakland this week.

Texans | RB Arian Foster fully participates (Thu Sep 11, 05:59 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (ribs) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Foster's a stud, so start him with confidence. Don't worry about handcuffing a backup RB to him either. If Foster goes down, the Texans' offense falls apart.
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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Overall Dynasty - 41, 25, 40

Footballguys Articles

2014 Rookie Review: RBs
  Cecil Lammey - June 6
Preseason Roundtable #1
  FBG Staff - June 4
AFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
From The Gut
  Sigmund Bloom - June 6
A Starting Point for 2014 Running Back Projections
  Chase Stuart - May 27
Offensive Skill Position Injury Review May 21, 2014
  Mark Wimer - May 21
Offensive Skill Position Injury Review June 8, 2014
  Mark Wimer - June 8
The Fade: Week 02
  Justin Bonnema - September 12
Talent, Opportunity, and Fear-Based Drafting
  Justin Bonnema - August 22
What Happens if Arian Foster is Lost for the 2014 Season?
  Dan Hindery - August 15

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Free Agency Fantasy Impact: Running Backs
  John Tuvey - May 29
Early Draftmaster Strategy & Observations from MFL10s
  Scott Pagel - June 6
The Shy-Away Top 40
  Evan Silva - August 19
Arian Foster worth the early risk
  Ken Daube - July 31
Identifying fluke RB production
  Christopher Harris - July 21
Fantasy Instant Debate: Biggest fantasy risk in 2014
  Michael Fabiano, Alex Gelhar, Marcas Grant - July 21
Over the Hill
  Eli Mack - July 18

Schedule

3@ New York Giants
4vs Buffalo Bills
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6vs Indianapolis Colts
7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8@ Tennessee Titans
9vs Philadelphia Eagles
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Cleveland Browns
12vs Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Tennessee Titans
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars