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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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

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Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.

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

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Feels like a broken record, but Arian Foster IS the Texans offense, and he appears capable of shouldering that heavy load. Add in a defense that just got back Jadeveon Clowney and a weak second half schedule, and Foster just might be THE fantasy running back to own this year.

General News (Fri Oct 31): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Oct 30): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 29): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 9: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Arian Foster is the third-best fantasy back in the NFL (PPR scoring) at the season's midway point, with 146/766/7 rushing and 24/166/2 receiving to date. He racked up 20/151/2 rushing and 4/22/1 receiving at Tennessee last week, having a hand in every TD that the Texans scored. He's the engine that drives the Texans' offense. The Eagles' rush D is ranked 21st in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game, averaging 116.7 given up, but they get stubborn in the red zone with just three rushing scores given up in this phase of the game. Andre Ellington posted 21/71/1 rushing vs. the Eagles last week; the Giants managed 24/86/0 at Philadelphia two weeks ago. At home in NRG Stadium, we think that Foster has an even shot at a decent day's production vs. the visiting Eagles.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 20 102 0 6 4 13 1 1
8 at TEN 20 151 2 6 4 22 1 0
9 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 4 * * *
9 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 20 * * 4 * * *
9 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 7 vs PIT (20 / 102 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 13 / 1 rec)

Foster is wasting one of the few years left of his prime getting pounded into the ground much to the chagrin of Texans fans but to the delight of his fantasy owners. Foster's owners, however, were not delighted to see Foster drive the ball down the field for the only Texans first half touchdown drive only to see backup Alfred Blue get the score, although he did get a garbage time touchdown catch late in the game to make up for it. Foster ran out of gas in the first half after he had 14 touches in those two quarters alone, and it was visible in his demeanor and body language. Foster ran well as he has all season, but he was partially responsible for the 24 point in three minute onslaught to end the first half when he fumbled deep in Steelers territory. Foster will continue to be the focal point of the Texans offense, but with 170 touches on the season, he is now on pace for 453 touches on the year. Foster has not been the model of durability the last couple of years, and with the workload he is receiving it is only a matter of time before another nagging injury makes Arian miss time.

2014 Week 8 vs TEN (20 / 151 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec)

Foster continues to waste virtuoso performances on an at best 8-8 season for the Texans. Foster seems to enjoy torching the Titans more than other teams as shown by his track record for scoring an abundance of touchdowns against them as well as particularly personal celebrations rubbing those scores in the local fans' faces. Foster not only broke several long runs which left him with a ridiculous 7.6 YPC, but he added another 12 PPR points as a receiver. Every player wants to score touchdowns, but Foster has an impressive talent at capitalizing on long runs when other players would probably be forced down or out of bounds just short of the goal line. On Foster's 43 yards scamper for example, he pressed the hole to suck up the defense, and then broke around the edge toward the right sideline. It looked as if Foster would be just short on the end zone but he made one man miss inside the five and then reached out to hit the pylon with the ball. Luckily backup running back Alfred Blue and the defense allowed Foster to be spelled regularly leading to "only" 24 touches which is right at his season average of 24.3 touches per game. Foster will continue to carry fantasy teams as long as he has this type of workload, which will not stop unless he gets hurt.


Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster probable for Week 9 (Fri Oct 31, 05:34 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 31, but is probable for Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Our View: At least it's not a hamstring issue. Foster feels one of the riskiest backs in the second half of the season with respect to durability, but he also is an elite RB1, which are in short supply. There's no reason to change his outlook based on this limited practice.
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Texans | Arian Foster limited Thursday (Thu Oct 30, 07:05 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.

Our View: We're not worried about this, but make sure that Foster practices fully on Friday.
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Texans | Arian Foster sits out (Wed Oct 29, 07:30 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (knee) sat out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: This is likely veteran rest for the superstar back.

Texans | Arian Foster doesn't practice (Wed Oct 29, 04:29 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: Nothing to see here people. Foster is likely just getting a veteran day of rest.
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Texans | Arian Foster posts giant stat line (Sun Oct 26, 05:13 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive game in Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans. He ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding a score through the air.

Our View: Foster's fantasy stock was plagued with injury worries, but he has produced on a level that only Demarco Murray has matched so far this year. With a good defense and offensive line, Foster is entrenched as an elite RB1 heading into a matchup with the Eagles next week.
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