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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

General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 16: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Texans have now lost their top three quarterbacks for the season (Ryan Fitzpatrick, broken leg; Ryan Mallett, shoulder injury; Tom Savage, knee injury), leaving either Thad Lewis, a part-time starter for Buffalo last year, (115/189 for 1,296 yards passing, five TDs and four interceptions during his NFL career so far) or Case Keenum (137/253 for 1,760 yards passing, nine TDs and six interceptions thrown so far over eight appearances with the Texans during 2013) as the starting quarterback this week. Keenum was signed off the St. Louis practice squad (he was cut by Houston during training camp on the final cut-down day, but he has been in Houston, as noted above, and knows their offensive system). However, the upshot of all this is that the Ravens know that a journeyman quarterback is starting for Houston this week - they'll load up the box to slow down Arian Foster and Alfred Blue, and dare Keenum/Lewis to beat them. Speaking of Foster and Blue, they led the Texans to 41/137/0 rushing in Indianapolis, with 26/99/0 rushing and 3/18/0 receiving by Foster and 8/26/0 rushing by Blue during the contest. They'll likely be handed the ball a lot this week, but it remains to be seen how well they'll run it with a stacked box to face. The Ravens' rush D averages just 84.3 rushing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL), with a mere seven rushing scores given up to date. Jacksonville had 23/82/0 rushing at Baltimore last week, while Miami managed 16/63/0 two games ago. This looks like a bad week to have Foster in your lineup.

Recent Stats and Projections

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13 vs TEN 19 79 0 7 5 26 1 0
14 at JAX 24 127 1 4 2 21 0 0
15 at IND 26 99 0 4 3 18 0 0
16 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 19 * * 4 * * *
16 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 18 * * 4 * * *
16 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 21 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs TEN (19 / 79 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 26 / 1 rec)

Foster, who usually kills the Titans, had an ok day for fantasy purposes. Tennessee obviously set out defensively to slow down the former All Pro RB, which is why Fitzpatrick and Hopkins ran roughshod all day. The important thing is that Foster looked healthy after his two game absence. Additionally, the coaching staff made a concerted effort to spell Foster often with backup Alfred Blue. Speaking of Blue, it is painfully obvious how much better Foster is than the rookie. Not only is Foster a better receiver out of the backfield, as he exhibited on his out-breaking route for a TD reception, but he is simply a better runner in all facets than Blue. Blue will become more patient over time, but he will never have Foster's vision and burst. Fantasy owners can rest assured that as long as Foster is healthy, he will be the bell cow of this offense down the stretch.

2014 Week 14 vs JAX (24 / 127 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Foster has quietly had a sure fire Pro Bowl season, despite missing a few games. Foster added 148 all purpose yards to total 1,304 on the season. Of the 10 games Foster has played, he's had only one in which he did not gain 100 all purpose yards. Foster showed again Sunday why he is able to put up that kind of production without many noticing. His gliding running style isn't flashy, but he shakes contact amazingly well. Foster showed this on his 51 yard run using his deceptive long speed. His vision also helped him find that no Jaguars defenders kept backside contain on a fourth and one running play that Jacksonville initially stuffed. Foster remained patient and eventually changed course to walk into the end zone. Foster seems healthy and the Texans stretch run to try and get into the postseason happens to coincide with fantasy playoffs. O'Brien will call Foster's number early and often over the next couple of weeks.

2014 Week 15 vs IND (26 / 99 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

The Colts obviously set out to take away Foster and make the Texans beat them through the air, and Foster was still able to gain 117 all purpose yards. Foster ran into many stacked boxes for no or little gain, but was able to wear the Indianapolis front down over time and slip out for longer runs. On one run where Foster got to the edge he absolutely embarrassed corner back Greg Toller with a left handed stiff arm that sent the defensive back skidding backwards. Foster ran for a touchdown on a sweep toss play on fourth and 1 in the fourth quarter, but it was called back on a holding call by Devier Posey. Going forward with what will be either the Texans third or possibly fourth string quarterback, Foster will be the only option worth trusting for fantasy purposes.

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Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster probable (Fri Dec 19, 03:54 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16.

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Texans | Arian Foster limited Thursday (Thu Dec 18, 05:42 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after sitting out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: Foster will get plenty of carries against the Ravens with Case Keenum throwing the ball, so we feel confident that he will put up some nice RB1 numbers this weekend.
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Texans | Arian Foster sits out Wednesday (Wed Dec 17, 04:34 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) is sitting out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Texans | Arian Foster has dominated Indy (Sun Dec 14, 02:34 AM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has rushed 134 times for 861 yards and 8 touchdowns in seven career games against the Indianapolis Colts, averaging 143.5 yards per contest. Since 1960, that is the highest average per game versus one team by any player in the NFL (minimum five games).

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Texans | Arian Foster good to go (Fri Dec 12, 05:21 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Schedule

16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars