What's Going to Happen in the Houston Backfield?

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on how the Houston backfield will shake out

This group doesn't appear to be as crowded as most backfields as only Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman are on most fantasy players' radar. It seems like we've been waiting forever for Foreman to assume the lead back role, but his injuries and Miller's play have kept that from happening. Will we see Miller stay on top, or is this finally Foreman's season? Or is there another back on the roster who could surprise?

Jeff Haseley

Lamar Miller may be the most consistently good, but not great, running back in the league. He has only missed two games since 2013 and has four top-20 finishes in the last five years. His touchdown totals over the last five years have been 9, 10, 6, 6, 6. He has been a consistent contributor for Houston averaging 238 carries, 31 receptions, and six touchdowns per year since joining the team in 2016. His main competition is D'Onta Foreman, who suffered a torn Achilles in Week 11 of 2017. There's a negative stigma of running backs struggling to return to form after suffering this injury. There's a very short list of backs who have found success following an Achilles tear. Could Foreman be the one who defies the odds? It's possible, but my gut says Miller will once again do just enough to be relevant, but not elite.

Jason Wood

Foreman was a third-round pick in 2017 before tearing his Achilles and showed well prior to the injury. It's not unrealistic to think he can be effective this season, more than 18 months removed from his injury, but it's hardly a foregone conclusion. On the other hand, while Lamar Miller isn't the most exciting option in fantasy circles, he's been a model of consistency. Miller has at least 1,100 yards and six touchdowns every season as a Texan.

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