RB Arian Foster, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 226, Born: 9-24-1986, College: Tennessee, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Jones (18), G Bernard (19), Arian Foster (20), L Bell (21), J Nelson (22)
Position: M Ball (14-RB8), G Bernard (19-RB9), Arian Foster (20 - RB10), L Bell (21-RB11), D Martin (23-RB12)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: A Brown (21), L Bell (22), Arian Foster (23), A Jeffery (24), D Martin (25)
Position: M Lynch (17-RB9), L Bell (22-RB10), Arian Foster (23 - RB11), D Martin (25-RB12), A Ellington (28-RB13)
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After three years of success and high mileage usage, Arian Foster finally took a step backwards due to knee, calf and back injuries. He was shut down after week eight last year to heal a disc injury that required surgery. Foster is planning on being back to full strength for the 2014 season, but the Texans offense is not the same as it used to be. Head Coach Gary Kubiak was replaced by Bill O'Brien and Foster's leading fullback Greg Jones appears to not be in the equation. This year is a definitely a crossroads for Foster. If he can rise to the occasion and be a success after returning from injury, playing on a team with a new coaching staff and 14 consecutive losses, then his legacy deserves to be remembered.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Foster had the first carries for the Texans, but he was limited to minimal gains with those runs. Ben Tate gave some life to the offense with two good runs, before Foster brought the team to the goalline with a nine yard gain. Foster wouldn't get the touchdown however, as the Texans used play action to find Owen Daniels. Tate and Foster were splitting carries evenly in the first half, but Foster was in on the touchdown pass to Daniels and on a failed fourth down attempt in the second quarter. After falling behind by another touchdown to start the second half, the Texans fed Foster to get their offense back on track. Foster brought them to midfield before an intentional grounding penalty put the team in passing mode. The Texans scored after passing their way to the endzone. Foster dropped a pivotal third down pass on the Texans' next drive, but a penalty on the field goal attempt extended the drive. Foster stayed in the game much more than Tate in the fourth quarter as the Texans trusted him to help close out the game.
Week 2 - Ben Tate made the first big impression with a 60 yard run on the Texans' first drive. However, Foster immediately came in and worked in the redzone. Foster obviously still isn't at his best, but he showed off those devastating cuts on a number of occasions and the coaching staff were much more committed to giving him the ball throughout the game than they were Tate. It's likely Foster's flexibility that is keeping him ahead of Tate on the pecking order. He only had one reception, but his ability to make plays in space and in tight was evidenced at different times during he game. Crucially, he powered his way into the endzone on a goalline run late in the fourth quarter when the Texans needed him most.
Week 3 - Ben Tate continues to feature in the Texans' offense, but it's clear that Arian Foster is the primary option. Foster again played more than Tate, but this week he looked closer to 100 percent than he has all season long. Much like the previous games, the Texans fell behind in this game so were forced out of their rushing approach. Foster did well with the touches he did receive.
Week 4 - It was a tough day for Foster. It wasn't tough in the sense that he couldn't produce, but he was forced to earn everything he got from the Seahawks defense. Foster was repeatedly stopped for short gains, but he also used his vision to extend runs. Foster was the focal point of the running game, taking the bulk of the carries from Ben Tate, but his touchdown in the first quarter came on a passing play when Schaub found him coming out of the backfield at the goal line. Foster had a few receptions when he was able to make impressive plays down the field. Foster was clearly the feature back ahead of Tate, but when Tate fumbled, he wasn't even taken out every so often like he had been before then.
Week 5 - Foster didn't get the first carry of the game, but he was heavily involved early on. The Texans relied on Foster somewhat as Schaub capitulated. Foster ran very well showing excellent vision and decision-making as he continued to move downfield. Foster was also consistently finishing runs strong to gain crucial forward momentum in short yardage situations.
Week 6 - Foster was phenomenal. He carried the ball as much as a feature back and broke off big run after big run. The Rams kept him out of the end zone, but that's all they did as their il-discipline was exposed by Foster's outstanding vision. Foster ran outside and up the middle. He caught a pass out of the backfield before making a defender miss in space. He was clearly the best player in this game, even though he finished on the losing side.
Week 7 - Arian Foster left the game after the first series with an injury. He didn't get much success on the first drive, with just one run breaking into the secondary for a first down. He didn't return.
Week 9 - Foster started the game and played on the first drive, but didn't have a carry. He dropped one pass over the middle against tight coverage before leaving the game to be replaced by Ben Tate. He was listed as questionable to return with a back injury. Foster didn't return to the game.