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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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

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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 injury in the first padded practice of training camp. The injury is considered serious and may require surgery which would keep him out for three to four months. He is expected to miss considerable time and is a candidate to be placed on the IR with designation for return. Alfred Blue will battle Chris Polk for the lead back role and don't rule out a possible veteran free agent signing. Chris Johnson's name has been mentioned among possible targets. (August 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 36, 4, 4, 11, 22, 25, 25, 36, 37, 37, 37, 43, 44, 45, 50
Overall Redraft - 54, 5, 7, 17, 37
RB Redraft PPR - 36, 4, 4, 7, 8, 24, 34, 36, 37, 37, 39, 42, 42, 45
Overall Redraft PPR - 53, 5, 7, 14, 17
RB Dynasty - 22, 8, 12, 14, 16, 29, 29, 40, 48
Overall Dynasty - 52, 27, 38, 66

Stats and Projections

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 6 100 * * 14 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 267 * * 40 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 270 * * 42 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 5 92 * * 12 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 11
RB: 6
Overall-PPR: 15

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Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster could be placed on IR (Tue Aug 4, 04:37 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) may begin the regular season on the short-term Reserve/Injured list. Foster suffered a groin injury Tuesday, Aug. 4, that will likely require surgery.

Our View: Stay tuned here. Foster could be out for a majority of the regular season, but there's a chance he could return for the fantasy playoffs.
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Texans | Arian Foster will have surgery (Tue Aug 4, 02:45 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) will undergo surgery on his injured groin. He should return during the season, however.

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Texans | Arian Foster may need surgery (Tue Aug 4, 02:06 PM) - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) may need surgery on his injured groin.

Our View: Reports coming out of Houston are speculating that Foster could be a candidate for the I.R./Designated To Return List. That would get him back on the field in Week 10 for the Texans. Foster missed two games last year due to a groin injury, and now he's banged up again for the same reason. Alfred Blue is the lead back for the team while Foster is out.
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Texans | Arian Foster already injured (Tue Aug 4, 01:20 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) suffered a groin injury during the team's first fully padded practice Monday, Aug. 3, according to sources.

Our View: Subsequent reports have designated the injury as serious, requiring surgery, and putting Foster on the shelf for 3-6 months. Right now backups Chris Polk and Alfred Blue are also banged up. Blue showed he can be a workmanlike backup last year, while Polk has more upside as a player, but needs to stay healthy. Even Jonathan Grimes showed he can be productive at the end of 2013. This team will manufacture tons of carries for the backs even if Foster is out for a while, but knowing exactly who to target right now is tough.
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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