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RB Arian Foster - Miami Dolphins

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

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Arian Foster exited Week 2 with a groin strain. He missed Week 3 and 4, and his status for Week 5 is uncertain.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Foster (groin injury) was listed as out on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected. Foster (groin) won't be rushed back, according to head coach Adam Gase on Monday, which casts him as doubtful for Week Four's early Thursday game, September 29.

General News (Wed Sep 28): is out for this week's game.

General News (Tue Sep 27): did not practice on Tuesday. Foster won't be rushed back, according to head coach Adam Gase, which casts him as doubtful for Week 4 Thursday, Sept. 29.

Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals

All RB vs CIN

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Without Arian Foster (groin injury, likely out for Week Four as well), the Dolphins spread the ball around to their backup backs - Kenyan Drake was the nominal starter vs. Cleveland, and wound up with 9/37/0 rushing and two targets for 2/11/0 receiving; Jay Ajayi saw 7/28/1 rushing and Isaiah Pead handled 5/17/0 rushing. Damien Williams had a bit role with 1/15/0 rushing but added three targets for 3/10/1 receiving. As you can see, the workload is distributed widely in Miami right now - you might get lucky and get a TD from one of these guys, but none of the backs is getting a solid workload that a fantasy owner can depend on. The Bengals throttled the Denver backs last week, allowing a mere 23/52/0 rushing to the team. Also, starting linebacker Vontaze Burfict is eligible to return from his three-game suspension in Week Four. Assuming he is close to 'game shape' Burfict should provide a boost to the rush defense in this contest. Over the first three games of the season, Cincinnati averages 109.3 rushing yards allowed per game, tied for 18th in the NFL, but they have not given out a single rushing TD just yet. Over the first three games, the Bengals are ranked as the 13th-least generous rush D averaging 16.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing running backs. This looks like a neutral matchup for the pod of Dolphins' backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SEA 46 13 38 0 5 3 62 0 0 9
2 at NE 10 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.9
4 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Dolphins | Week 4 Inactives (Thu Sep 29, 07:24 PM) - The Miami Dolphins have declared OG Anthony Sheen, RB Arian Foster, OT Branden Albert, LB Jelani Jenkins, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Koa Misi, C Mike Pouncey inactive for Week 4.

Dolphins | Arian Foster will not play (Wed Sep 28, 05:52 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28, and has been ruled out for Week 4.

Our View: Without Foster, the team will continue to feature a three- and four-headed backfield. Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Isaiah Pead and even Damien Williams could see playing time with Foster down.
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Dolphins | Arian Foster misses practice again (Tue Sep 27, 05:58 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 27. Foster's status is an estimate as the Dolphins did not conduct a practice.

Dolphins | Arian Foster still sidelined (Mon Sep 26, 05:46 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Sept. 26. Foster's status is an estimate as the Dolphins did not conduct a practice.

Our View: We should see the Dolphins continue with their RBBC while Foster is out. It's a short week for them as they face the Bengals on Thursday night, so expecting Foster to play might be a stretch. Jay Ajayi would be the lead back again without Foster, but he's splitting touches with three other guys (Kenyan Drake, Isaiah Pead, Damien Williams).
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Dolphins | Arian Foster doubtful for Week 4 (Mon Sep 26, 11:08 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) won't be rushed back, according to head coach Adam Gase, which casts him as doubtful for Week 4 Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: The Dolphins will continue to move forward with a RBBC featuring Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams. As you saw in Week 3, this situation is a bit of a mess for fantasy owners. Avoid if you can.
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