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Posted: 8/13/2014 10:30am ET
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners still treating Foster as an RB1 are happy to see him back in action. Don't expect him to see too many carries, which means we'll have plenty of opportunity to evaluate the backup battle between Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue.
Posted: 8/10/2014 11:28pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster, coming off back surgery and dealing with tricky hammy, hasn't logged a rushing attempt since Week 7 last season against the Chiefs and fantasy GMs are more than eager to see how he looks in the Texans' new-look offense.
Posted: 8/4/2014 5:50pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster turns 28 later this month and he's currently dealing with a hamstring injury. This news doesn't impact his fantasy value but it makes you wonder how much Foster has left in the tank after carrying the ball 1,077 times over the last four season (53 games). He currently has an ADP of Round 2.
Posted: 8/2/2014 11:31am ET
Huddle Up: Foster has a history of minor injuries during the summer but will be ready when the season kicks off. He currently has an ADP in the middle of Round 2.
Posted: 8/1/2014 2:22pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster has been in and out of practices all camp, but then again there's no sense in adding extra wear and tear for the RB, who's coming off back surgery.
Posted: 7/30/2014 2:32pm ET
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes are on Foster, who missed the past 2 days with a hammy "tweak." The RB missed half the season a year ago -- finishing with only 542 rushing yards and 1 ground TD -- and he currently owns an ADP of roughly 30 as the 12th RB going off the board on average.
Posted: 4/10/2014 11:11pm ET
Huddle Up: So far, so good this offseason in Foster's recovery from back surgery which limited him to 542 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD in 8 games this past season.
Posted: 3/16/2014 3:54pm ET
Huddle Up: There's sure to be much fantasy debate this summer over Foster, who had only 542 rushing yards and a single ground TD in 8 games this past season and now will be playing in new offense with the coaching switch in Houston.
Posted: 2/22/2014 8:54pm ET
Huddle Up: The good news is with new coach Bill O'Brien at the helm the Texans won't be anywhere close to as run-heavy as they've been in the past, so Foster's workload will be reduced. The bad news, of course, is that Foster is no longer a bankable fantasy workhorse, what with the high mileage, injury history and new regime.
Posted: 11/14/2013 12:23pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster's 2013 season is over, so getting the surgery done as soon as possible will allow him more time to recover and rehab for 2014.
Posted: 11/12/2013 4:10pm ET
Huddle Up: As expected, the season is over for one of fantasy's highest-drafted backs, who's expected to undergo back surgery. It's now up to Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson to shoulder a rushing-game load that isn't what it once was as the 2-7 Texans are playing from behind a lot more these days.
Posted: 11/12/2013 12:00am ET
Huddle Up: Despite Phillips' silence, most all signs and reports point toward Foster's 2013 being done, and if his fantasy owners haven't already made alternate plans, it's definitely time.
Posted: 11/11/2013 12:31am ET
Huddle Up: If he still happens to be available, pick up Dennis Johnson. What a bummer of a year for Arian Foster.
Posted: 11/8/2013 7:58pm ET
Huddle Up: We've likely seen the last of Foster for 2013. He's currently meeting with doctors and may need surgery on his back. Ben Tate will the Texans' starter going forward with Dennis Johnson serving as Houston's No. 2 back for the time being.
Posted: 11/8/2013 3:06pm ET
Huddle Up: Houston is experiencing one of those seasons where the news seems to flow from bad to worse. In the meantime, with the Texans doing likewise, Foster's fantasy owners need to start readying their own backup plans for the remainder of the season.
Posted: 11/7/2013 6:48pm ET
Huddle Up: That's 2 missed practices this week for Foster, and it's starting to look like his Week 10 participation is in serious doubt. If so, that'll mean the RB will have had all of 4 carries for 11 yards since Week 6.
Posted: 11/6/2013 3:10pm ET
Huddle Up: It might be best to make alternate plans at running back this week.
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:16am ET
Huddle Up: Foster owners are in for another week of monitoring practice reports, but even if Foster is cleared to play Week 10, the Week 9 scenario could play itself out all over again with the RB leaving the action early.
Posted: 11/1/2013 3:19pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster's fantasy owners might be best served to go with another option now, given the Sunday night game time and the announcement that Ben Tate (ribs) will play in the game. Of course, that makes things rather simple if you own both Foster and Tate.
Posted: 10/31/2013 4:06pm ET
Huddle Up: That's 2 straight days of work now for Foster, but the official call on his Week 9 status is still upcoming.
Posted: 10/30/2013 6:00pm ET
Huddle Up: This could be problematic the longer Foster sits out. Keep an eye on him through Friday.
Posted: 10/30/2013 12:12pm ET
Huddle Up: Initially the Texans weren't optimistic about Foster's availability this week, but Foster has said he'll be ready. Unless he gets in at least one full practice this week it would be tough to trust him with a fantasy start Sunday night against the Colts. Instead, expect some sort of committee approach between Foster, the equally banged-up Ben Tate, and recently signed Deji Karim.
Posted: 10/29/2013 10:12am ET
Huddle Up: The Texans have a couple of banged-up backs, but the news on Foster sounds positive. The alternative to Foster and his bad hammy is Ben Tate and his broken ribs or newly signed Deji Karim. Hopefully we'll know more heading into the weekend, but given Kubiak's track record Foster's fantasy owners can expect this to be a game-time decision.
Posted: 10/28/2013 1:53pm ET
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on him this week, but it sounds like Foster will be a go based on his thoughts on practice.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm ET
Huddle Up: Nothing new here. Keep an eye through the next few days to see if he will miss any time.
Posted: 10/21/2013 12:37am ET
Huddle Up: That's good to hear. Of course, the last injury Foster had was a calf injury that took a month to heal. Keep an eye on his situation.
Posted: 9/30/2013 6:19pm ET
Huddle Up: It was especially impressive that it came against the Seahawks. After three weeks of mediocre results, it seems that Foster is indeed back to form. The buy-low window has closed.
Posted: 9/13/2013 8:55pm ET
Huddle Up: It's not surprising Tate wants to be a lead back and he would be on a lot of other teams. Tate actually played better than Foster in the opener. He rushed for 55 yards on nine carries, compared to Foster's 57 yards on 18 carries. Tate could see a few more touches in Week 2 but he's still the second option in Houston. He remains nothing more than a dicey flex play unless something happens to Foster.
Posted: 9/11/2013 2:06pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster did incur the bulk of the workload on Monday night, despite his overall ineffectiveness. He'll improve as the season goes along, but Ben Tate will retain some value here.
Posted: 9/10/2013 10:29pm ET
Huddle Up: Tate continues to be the most valuable handcuff back in fantasy, but this is unwelcome news for Foster's owners even though the decreased workload should benefit the RB over the long haul this season.
Posted: 9/10/2013 1:54am ET
Huddle Up: Coach Gary Kubiak said No. 2 RB Ben Tate would get close to 50 percent of the workload after Foster sat out the entire preseason with calf and back issues, but Tate only had nine rushes and two catches for 62 total yards -- giving Foster more than two-thirds of the touches. That's about what to expect going forward, and now Foster owners can concern themselves with the RB's rare game without a TD as QB Matt Schaub threw three inside-the-10 TDs to tight ends Monday night.
Posted: 9/7/2013 7:54pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster has been dealing with injuries all summer, so this isn't surprising or anything that hasn't already been reported. Foster should still be started in all formats, he probably just won't get his usual 20-25 carry workload. Tate is in the mix as a flex play this week, depending on the size of your league and who else is on your roster.
Posted: 9/5/2013 8:53pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster will play in Week 1 but after missing the entire preseason he's expected to share the workload with No. 2 back Ben Tate in the nightcap of Monday night's doubleheader.
Posted: 8/30/2013 10:03pm ET
Huddle Up: Foster will rotate with Ben Tate while he gets back into football shape. After carrying the ball more than any running back in the NFL over the last three years and battling injuries all summer, the days of Foster getting 390 touches in a season are over.
Posted: 8/27/2013 10:31am ET
Huddle Up: Foster will miss the entire preseason due to calf and back issues, but he claims to be fresh and ready to go when the games matter. Meanwhile, his fantasy stock has slid towards the bottom of the first round and Ben Tate has become the most vital handcuff on the board.
Posted: 8/22/2013 12:01am ET
Huddle Up: Foster has been dealing with calf and back injuries since May but he was activated off active/PUP Wednesday. He's been falling out of the first round in some fantasy drafts recently because of injury concerns. Foster has seen a huge workload over the last three years and he enters the season banged up. However, once a back with his talents and history of production slips to Round 2, owners have to roll the dice and pull the trigger on him.
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