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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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

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Foster suffered a groin tear and hernia in the first practice of training camp. He had surgery to repair the hernia on August 7. His timeline could be anywhere from only 4-6 weeks to missing the first eight games of the season. We'll know more when the team decides whether to put Foster on IR-Return at the end of camp.

Summary

An injury plagued 2013 season left people wondering how Arian Foster would rebound in 2014. The Texans offense had question marks, including Foster's own health. With his legacy in the balance, Foster quieted critics and rose to the occasion with a strong season that saw him finish in the Top 5 among fantasy running backs. The offseason came and the Texans were strong candidates to use a high draft pick on a talented, young running back, but it never happened. Outside of Foster, the 2015 Texans running game will include last year's surprising rookie, Alfred Blue, the newly signed Chris Polk and veteran Jonathan Grimes. The Texans coaching staff has indicated that Foster's role will be diminished this year, which would undoubtedly have a least some negative effect on his fantasy value. Foster has a history of leg, hamstring and calf injuries which can pop up without notice, especially on a player with as much wear and tear as him. In the last five years, Foster has amassed over 1,500 touches. He has the talent, drive and experience to be a weekly fantasy standout, but can he make it last the entire year? He is expected to be a key piece of the offense, but there is definitely risk involved in making him your top back in 2015. Update - Foster suffered a groin/hernia injury in training camp and has since had sports hernia surgery that will keep him out of action for the first 4-5 weeks of the season, possibly longer. He was not placed on the IR with eligibility to return list, which indicates the Texans are still planning on him returning to action before Week 10. Continue to monitor this situation in preseason. When healthy, Foster is one of the best backs in the league and therefore is still worthy of being selected in redraft leagues. (August 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 30, 8, 16, 21, 21, 22, 22, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 36, 44
Overall Redraft - 60, 11, 26, 36, 46, 47, 51
RB Redraft PPR - 29, 10, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 39, 43
Overall Redraft PPR - 62, 20, 36, 36, 42, 47, 49
RB Dynasty - 25, 17, 18, 25, 29, 31, 40
Overall Dynasty - 72, 46

Stats and Projections

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2012 HOU 16 351 1411 15 75 40 217 2
2013 HOU 8 121 542 1 35 22 183 1
2014 HOU 13 260 1246 8 59 38 327 5 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 13 180 * * 24 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 10 155 * * 26 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 8 183 * * 22 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 8 152 * * 19 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 76
RB: 32
Overall-PPR: 78
RB-PPR: 32

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Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster could return Week 2 (Thu Aug 27, 02:13 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) has been working out in Houston, and he's expected to return to the field in some facet by Week 2 to Week 4, according to ESPN 97.5 in Houston's Jayson Braddock.

Our View: Great news for fantasy owners of Foster, but not so wonderful for those who have Alfred Blue. We've seen Blue getting drafted in the sixth round of drafts, while Foster is going just one round earlier. That could actually make Foster a bit of a value as when healthy he's at least a solid RB2.
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Texans | No timetable for Arian Foster (Mon Aug 24, 03:10 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is recovering his groin surgery and there is no timetable for his return at this time, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Our View: If all goes well, Foster may only miss about a month of the regular season. In order to make that timetable, he cannot have any setbacks during his recovery.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Kansas City Chiefs
2@ Carolina Panthers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6@ Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Tennessee Titans
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Cincinnati Bengals
11vs New York Jets
12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars