| Running Back, Houston Texans
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Ht: 6’1” Wt: 229 DOB: 1986-08-24 Age: 29
|After being an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009, Foster has emerged as not only the top rated fantasy running back in 2012 but also as a contender for the title of the leagueís top player at his position. Although a hamstring injury caused him to miss two and a half games and he sat out Week 17, Foster still managed to finish the season as the 4th ranked running back in total fantasy points and 1st on a per game basis. If you want consistency, Foster also provides that, having reached double-digit fantasy points in 27 of his last 31 games. Are there concerns? Sure. The team lost two starters along the offensive line (Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel), Foster signed a lucrative long term contract and backup Ben Tate proved he was worthy of touches as he came within 58 yards of topping 1,000 rushing yards. While Tate is good, Foster is clearly the Texans go to player on offense and it is worth noting that Tate was barely used in the teamís two playoff games last season and averaged less than ten touches per game when Foster was healthy. Itís a no-brainer, folks. If you have the 1st selection in your fantasy draft, Foster is your pick.
| Foster could be back by end of September -- Mon Aug 24 5:40 pm --|
Likely best-case scenario
|Best-case scenario for Arian Foster, if no setbacks in rehab from groin surgery, likely end of September, per sources. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster hasn't proven to be the quickest healer and his lack of durability (even when he appears to be 100 percent) has been proven over and over again. For those reasons, Foster should really be treated as a extremely high-upside RB3. His ADP has slid into the sixth-round area recently, which sounds about right for an injury-prone player that is a good bet to miss at least the first 3-4 games of the season. Alfred Blue should carry the bulk of the load in his absence.
| Arian Foster to play half season -- Tue Aug 11 10:09 am --|
Texans RB could return Week 10 in worst-case scenario
|Former Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain noted on Twitter that it is believed Arian Foster's (groin surgery) worst-case scenario is an eight-game absence. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans have a Week 9 bye, which means Foster has a good chance to be back for half the team's game in 2015. It'll be difficult to assess his overall season-long fantasy value in drafts. It may be wise to let someone else take the plunge on draft day unless he slips into the later rounds. Personal experience has shown me it's very difficult to stash a running back for 10 weeks -- but I wouldn't rule out trading for him after 4-6 weeks.
| Arian Foster undergoes successful surgery -- Fri Aug 7 4:55 pm --|
RB expected to be out three months
|Texans running back Arian Foster underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a groin muscle that was torn off the bone, according to a source. Although a timetable for his return is unclear, there's hope that his recovery time will be shorter than three months, the source said. Foster will miss several regular-season games, and it's possible he will be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. The earliest the Texans can make that move is Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. ET. The Texans have not yet added another running back to a roster that includes Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Kenny Hilliard and fullback Jay Prosch. "We didn't make a move immediately because we felt like we were OK," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "Chris Polk is on the mend and so hopefully he'll be back soon. We'll just keep adjusting to whatever happens out here on the field."
FF Today's Take: There's not a lot to get excited about in the Texans' backfield this year. Alfred Blue looked very mediocre last year and Chris Polk has had only limited experience in two NFL seasons. While Blue probably has the upper hand on the starting job for now, Polk has higher upside.
| Foster to have groin surgery on Friday -- Wed Aug 5 3:45 pm --|
Texans' RB a candidate for short-term injured reserve
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will undergo groin surgery in Philadelphia on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He likely will miss the start of the regular season and could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would allow the Texans to bring him back to practices after Week 6 and into a game after Week 8. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans' bye is Week 9 meaning the earliest Foster might see game action is Week 10 if he is indeed placed on the short-term/IR. Unable to agree on a deal with free agent Pierre Thomas, the Texans might elect to stay in-house with their running back options. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will get first crack to fill Foster's void. Both are mid-to-late-round fliers in re-draft leagues.
| Foster suffers groin injury, may need surgery -- Tue Aug 4 1:48 pm --|
Injured in Monday's practice
|Can confirm report by @taniaganguli that Arian Foster suffered groin injury in practice. Could require surgery. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster reportedly suffered the injury in practice on Monday. We'll wait for something more official from the team, but this doesn't sound good. Some reports suggest Foster is a candidate to placed on injured reserve/return, which would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight games. Stay tuned...
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