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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 21): Foster's name is tainted with the idea of "injury prone" in fantasy leagues, but he has been a reliable stud RB1 any time he has been on the field for four years now. Just like in 2011, Foster's early season hamstring woes are behind him, and he's ready to lead fantasy teams to the playoffs and maybe to the title.

Week 8: at Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Arian Foster started off with a bang at Pittsburgh (20/102/0 rushing with 4/13/1) but lost steam as the game went along - his backup Alfred Blue posted 5/14/0 and 1/11/1 receiving in a change-of-pace role during the contest. This is Foster's stable to lead, friends, but Blue is costing Foster some quality touches. Tennessee has lost and won (respectively) their last two games by a margin of two points in each low-scoring contest (17-19 loss to Washington; 16-14 win over Jacksonville). Washington had 26/100/0 rushing last week; Jacksonville managed 23/82/1 rushing two weeks ago. To date, the Titans sport the NFL's 22nd ranked rush D, averaging 123.7 yards allowed per game, with six rushing TDs gven up so far. They have been stouter than their average indicates over the past few weeks, though. At Tennessee's house, this looks like a neutral matchup for Foster and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs BUF 8 6 0 10 7 55 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 21 * * 4 * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Tremblay 23 * * 4 * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Bloom 22 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs DAL (23 / 157 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Foster started slow on Sunday, but eventually woke up and had a monster day. Foster had several long runs which contributed to his 6.8 yards per carry. On runs which Foster managed to break through the line of scrimmage, he often wasn't tackled until he was deep in Dallas' secondary. Foster showed little ill effects of the lingering hamstring injury that kept him sidelined two weeks ago and admittedly hampered him last week. Foster made an incredible open field cut to juke a Cowboys defensive back on his way to scoring his first touchdown. Foster looks completely healthy after his injury concerns showing good burst and his long stride which he is known for, but his 23 carries today make 86 for the year. That puts him on pace for 323 carries for the year even with the one game missed already, and it makes one wonder how long until Foster is forced from game action yet again.

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.


Latest News

Texans | Arian Foster resting (Wed Oct 22, 06:52 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (non-injury) took the day off of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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Texans | Arian Foster probable (Sat Oct 18, 03:26 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) participated fully in practice Saturday, Oct. 18 and is probable for Monday, Oct. 20.

Our View: Foster has been outstanding over the last two weeks. He's had over 100-yards rushing in each of the last two games while also scoring four touchdowns. He's a must-start RB1 against the Steelers on Monday night.
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Texans | Arian Foster back to full practice (Fri Oct 17, 04:44 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) returned to a full practice Friday, Oct. 17.

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Texans | Arian Foster limited Thursday (Thu Oct 16, 05:31 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Foster is going to be limited at times during the week of practice, but we're expecting him to be a full go in the Monday night game against the Steelers. He's an RB1 for your fantasy team.
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