Arian Foster Fantasy News

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:44am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Texans QB Brian Hoyer offers HC Bill O'Brien the more known quantity after starting 14 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, but he finished the year with a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four games.

Ryan Mallett offers more upside, but he remains a relative unknown with just 79 career passing attempts. Even if Hoyer begins the season as starter, he could at some point give way to Mallett, much like he did late last season with Johnny Manziel.

Tom Savage remains a developmental project who can bide his time behind the other two.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer showed flashes, especially two years ago with the Browns before getting hurt, but last year struggled. If Hoyer wins the job he'll have a better running game to work with compared to Cleveland as Arian Foster is one of the top backs in the league. DeAndre Hopkins will be the featured target of the aerial attack. Cecil Shorts was limited by injuries and reduced opportunities in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive youth movement, but he arrives as a versatile starting option. Third-round pick Jaelen Strong could carve out an early role as a possession receiver. Right now, the Texans QB starter only has streaming potential until we see more stability.

A healthy Texans RB Arian Foster continues to stand out at minicamp

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:49pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster’s early performance during offseason workouts has been encouraging. A season removed from back surgery, the veteran running back has been a full participant in workouts and stood out again Tuesday, during the first day of a three-day minicamp.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster averaged 22.9 touches per game (the 4th-highest workload in the league) and scored 0.79 fantasy points per touch (13th among the top 60 running backs). From a per game standpoint, he was #2 in standard formats and #4 in PPR, so he's still playing at a very high level when healthy. However, he missed three games in 2014 and eight more in 2013, and has only played 14 or more games once in his last four seasons.

Texans Beat: RB Alfred Blue 'has much more juice' than last year

Friday, June 12, 2015, 3:17pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Texans writer Jesse Clark:

It’s been more of a passing camp than anything else but RB Alfred Blue has much more juice than he had this time last season. I think he’s going to surprise fans when training camp rolls around.

Fantasy Impact:

Considering he's the primary handcuff to the oft-injured Arian Foster, Blue is going very late (17th round) in early fantasy drafts.

Ravens 'expected' to draft a running back

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:52am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

If they can bring back Justin Forsett, the Ravens are expected to pair him with a young running back. They met with Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), David Johnson (Northern Iowa) and Duke Johnson (Miami) at the NFL scouting combine.

"He doesn’t have the wear and tear, and Justin did a very good job of coming in, competing and then being our bell cow," GM Ozzie Newsome said. "We would like to retain Justin, but I’ve learned something since the end of the season about Justin that I didn’t really know. He has mentored some very good, young backs, starting with Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew when he was in Jacksonville.

"Having Justin here, and with the opportunity also bringing in hopefully another young running back, to have Justin be around that guy would be an asset also. So, we will work to try to retain Justin.”

Fantasy Impact:

Under OC Marc Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore. If the Ravens draft a running back early, it would certainly damper Forsett's outlook in 2015.

Texans say they have to 'manage' Arian Foster's workload

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:06pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL.com asked Texans coach Bill O'Brien this week if Arian Foster, who will turn 29 in August, has reached the age where the Texans need to re-think how they use him.

"I think any time a player reaches that age of 30 or close to that age of 30, and you know that the guy can still play, you know that he is a very talented player," O'Brien said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Arian is a very talented guy in a lot of phases. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball, he's a good pass protector, he's a smart football player, but you've got to manage him. How do you manage that? You manage him in practice. You manage him in the games.

"That's something we'll always take into account. We communicate with the player. We communicate with Arian. How are you feeling this week? What's ailing you? Things like that. You take a lot of hits at running back in this league. I think we just continue to communicate with Arian and manage it. He's got a lot of good football yet."

O'Brien went on to say he's high on both Alfred Blue and third-down back Jonathan Grimes, though he didn't rule out adding a new face.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster averaged 22.9 touches per game (the 4th-highest workload in the league) and scored 0.79 fantasy points per touch (13th among the top 60 running backs). From a fantasy points per game standpoint, he was #2 in standard formats and #4 in PPR, so he's still playing at a very high level when healthy. However, he missed three games in 2014 and eight more in 2013, and has only played 14 or more games once in his last four seasons. Alfred Blue averaged 23.0 touches for 103 total yards in the three games that Foster missed, so unless the Texans go another direction at the position, Blue is a must-handcuff for Foster owners. It sounds as if the team will try to limit Foster’s workload as he enters his age 29 season, but he should easily average 18-20 touches when healthy.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Foster will be fine to face Jacksonville this week.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (hip, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Foster had a groin injury last week, but now it’s his hip that is bothering him. We’re penciling him into lineups for now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Foster had a groin injury last week, but now it’s his hip that is bothering him. We’re penciling him into lineups for now.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Foster appears to be all systems go for a good matchup against the Colts. He has averaged 123 rushing yards and 1.0 TD in his last three games against Indianapolis.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Another report said that Foster returned to practice, but the official report said that he was out. Regardless, we’re expecting him to play after finishing Week 14 with no apparent problems.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Wednesday. This is typical for Foster. He’s a solid RB1 against Indianapolis.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Foster is probably getting some rest after a strong Week 13 performance. As far as we know, he didn’t suffer any setbacks against the Titans.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Foster is probably getting some rest after a strong Week 13 performance. As far as we know, he didn’t suffer any setbacks against the Titans.

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