Arian Foster, RB, Texans
|RB - #13||27.33||HOU||Probable||6 years||27||6'1||228||@ArianFoster|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-27-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
REMEMBER ME?: From 2010 to 2012 Arian Foster was arguably the best fantasy running back. He is a strong runner, great pass catcher and knows how to find the end zone. In 2013, Foster was solid when he played, but he also dealt with calf, hamstring and back injuries. In fact, his back injury was so severe it required surgery and ended his season after just eight games. Heading into 2014, Foster will no doubt be the feature back in Houston; however, there is serious injury risk involved in drafting him. Still, Foster is well worth the risk because his production on the field speaks for itself. Just two seasons ago, he compiled over 1,600 total yards and scored 17 TDs. With Ben Tate signing in Cleveland, it is unlikely anyone will compete with Foster for significant playing time. Andre Brown is a good back, but will undoubtedly deal with injuries like he has every season of his career. Foster can be a fringe RB1 or strong RB2 for your fantasy needs.
Editor's note: The market may have over-corrected here. Foster, just one season removed from huge numbers, is still playing on an offense which will rely heavily on him to move the chains. He retains a ton of value as a receiver out of the backfield and the team's primary goal-line back. A lot of stock is being placed on second-year backs like Montee Ball, Le'Veon Bell, Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy and Zac Stacy. All of these guys might come off the board before Foster. Will they all bust? Of course not, but a couple might, just ask Doug Martin. A good preseason performance or two, or even just one big run would rebound Foster's ADP (29.26) and push him up into the second round.
CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has said WR Andre Johnson "showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. He was showing up all over the field, making one incredible catch in the back of the end zone, staying in bounds and holding on to the ball in a red zone drill."
The "time away from the team" mention relates to when Johnson held out of OTAs in hopes of a trade and then missed a lot of practice time this month because of a hamstring injury.
This is good news as Johnson is a major part of the Texans' offense and may be force-fed the ball even more if RB Arian Foster can't stay healthy. You can expect Johnson to put up WR2 numbers, if not outright WR1 numbers, by the end of the season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/21 - Texans WR Andre Johnson 'showing no signs of rust'
8/13 - Texans WR Andre Johnson returns to practice
8/12 - Texans RB Andre Brown cut
8/12 - Texans RB Jonathan Grimes listed as 'unofficial' backup
8/4 - Texans RB Arian Foster pondered retirement after back injury
8/3 - RB Arian Foster back out of Texans practice; WR Andre Johnson still sidelined
7/30 - Texans RB Arian Foster returns to practice, WR Andre Johnson does not
7/29 - Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster nursing hamstring injuries
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|2.09||Fantasy Taz - Foster has a great shot at comeback player of the year. Team is already talking about throwing to him more and with many questions at QB, he should get at least 20 touches a game. Most are already writing Foster off, but he is only 27 and I look for a strong bounce-back year for him.|
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