Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters running backs Arian Foster and Ben Rate would be game-time decisions in Week 9 as both players recover from lingering injuries. Foster is having hamstring problems and Tate is attempting to play through fractured ribs. Behind them on the depth chart would be RBs Ray Graham, Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim . There is no official word on the health or full extent of either players' injuries.
Through seven games, Foster only has one touchdown. In his last two seasons, over 29 games, he scored 30 TDs. This huge and significant dropoff makes Foster a mediocre fantasy RB2 in most weeks and it doesn't help his case that his touches are declining as well. Barring a huge turnaround, Foster should float in and out of your lineup based on matchup. Tate is the guy you want to own short-term. The reports suggest Tate is the more likely to start of the two.