Andre Brown Fantasy News

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:26am

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Texans beat writer Tania Ganguli...

Who will back up Arian Foster? The Texans currently have Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes returning from last year's squad, plus free-agency pickup Andre Brown and draft pick Alfred Blue. I think this will come down to Brown and Blue. Brown has an edge on starting experience. Blue has an edge on youth and lack of mileage. Evaluating the status of the running game requires seeing the backs and the linemen blocking for them in pads.

Fantasy Impact:

Our bet is that it will be Brown, who showed he was very capable while with the Giants. Anyone who drafts Foster should try to get his backup, whoever it is. We'll know more as the summer wears on.

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Teammates say Arian Foster feeling great
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:45pm

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Texans RB Arian Foster now is apparently feeling great. His media boycott has lasted throughout organized team activities and both of the Texans' minicamps, so we haven't heard directly from him, but his teammates say that's what he's saying.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien plans to use him in diverse ways, and during a (likely paid) appearance at a bowling alley, Foster told reporters he was excited about that.

You have to wonder, though, is this going to last?

Fantasy Impact:

Talk is RBs tend to start heading downhill at age 27, which is what Foster is until he turns 28 in August. This decline can manifest itself in a lot of ways - sometimes it's pure wear and tear, sometimes it's the result of the body's declining ability to recover from injuries, the story points out. Either way, Foster is a high-risk, high-reward selection this year for fantasy owners. Andre Brown, the former Giant, will back him up and is probably a good add if you end up with Foster. We rank Foster 11th among our RBs heading into drafts.

Arian Foster good fit for new system
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:18am

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New coach Bill O’Brien’s offense could have a potent weapon out of the backfield when it’s time to move the ball through the air.

“He’s got really good hand-eye coordination,” O’Brien told reporters on Tuesday regarding tailback Arian Foster. “He’s got good hands. He’s an instinctive player. He has a good idea about how to get open. He enjoys being involved in the passing game, both in protection bases and obviously on routes. He’s had a good OTA period for us.”

That meshes with the optimism Foster already has expressed regarding an offense that involves the running backs in the passing game. O’Brien made it clear that, when looking for guys on the roster who fit his system, the first-year coach needed to look no farther than Foster.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster's health is obviously a concern. He has missed 11 games in the last three years, but did play a full season in 2012 and no longer has Ben Tate to worry about. After finishing in the top 2 in fantasy points per game from 2010 to 2012, he was #19 in that category in 2013. There is a new regime in Houston, so Foster's usage is a bit up in the air. Still, he has been one of the most productive RBs in the league when healthy and is a candidate for a bounceback season, especially if he's heavily involved in the passing game. As for his backup, Andre Brown, it appears that he won't be very involved on third down.

Beat: Expect more catches, fewer TDs for Arian Foster
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:01am

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Texans beat writer Stephanie Stradley on how RB Arian Foster fits into the new offense: "Foster, I think, could fit in most systems. He blocks, has good vision, can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's mentioned that he likes the offense because he is going to be doing more pass catching. I am not sure that Foster will have the TD numbers that he had in the previous scheme just because the old OC had such a strong preference for the running TD if it could be done."

Fantasy Impact:

Foster won't have to contend with Ben Tate, but the Texans signed Andre Brown to be his backup and he has a new offense to learn. At 27, Foster should have plenty of tread left on his tires, though the injuries seem to be piling up. Through the first six weeks he was the #7 RB while averaging 13.9 fantasy points. He should be a solid low-end RB1 available around the 1/2 turn, though injuries will continue to be a concern.

O'Brien: Arian Foster is cleared to play, looks 'good'
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:29pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster practiced for the first time since his 2013 season ended prematurely because of a back injury that required surgery.

“He’s cleared,” new HC Bill O’Brien said of Foster, who missed eight games a year ago. “He looked good. He looked fine.”

Fantasy Impact:

Foster won't have to contend with Ben Tate, but the Texans signed Andre Brown to be his backup and he has a new offense to learn. At 27, Foster should have plenty of tread left on his tires, though the injuries seem to be piling up. Through the first six weeks he was the #7 RB while averaging 13.9 fantasy points. He should be a solid low-end RB1 available around the 1/2 turn, though injuries will continue to be a concern.

Texans sign Andre Brown
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:01pm

SI.com - [Full Article]

The loss of Ben Tate has left a significant hole in the Houston Texans backfield, especially given starting running back Arian Foster’s injury history, so the team is looking for a relatively cheap replacement.

Enter Andre Brown, formerly of the New York Giants, who visited the Texans on Monday and agreed to terms on a deal with the team, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown will back up Arian Foster and offer some insurance in case Foster's injuries catch up with him.

'No reason' to believe David Wilson won't play in 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:57am

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Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on RB David Wilson: "A source close to the situation told me this week that Wilson is recovering very well from his neck surgery, lifting weights and working out and that there's 'no reason to believe he won't be playing' in 2014."

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants RB situation could once again be muddled heading into the 2014 season. Andre Brown is a free agent and Wilson is coming off of neck surgery. Until a pecking order is established, this is probably a situation to avoid at this point.

Giants interested in re-signing Andre Brown
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:55am

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Giants RB Andre Brown, who had almost 600 all purpose yards in eight games, is an impending free agent who has been measured about his future plans. After being involved in more than a dozen league transactions already, cut and signed by five different teams, Brown knows not to get his hopes up.

As he left the facility on Monday, though, he told The Star-Ledger he would be willing to get a deal done with the Giants as soon as possible. According to a person familiar with the situation, the team has already expressed interest in retaining the running back for next season.

Fantasy Impact:

David Wilson's long-term health is a question mark, so the Giants would be wise to lock up Brown to an affordable deal.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:09pm

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Brandon Jacobs says he's undecided about playing next year, but he'll need four months of recovery time from his knee surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely that Jacobs would return to the Giants, but the team will need to keep Andre Brown and David Wilson on the field first.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:48am

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There are some people who think Giants RB David Wilson should never play again because of his neck injury, though he apparently is determined to try. Still, betting on him is risky. Same with Andre Brown, who has spent half of each of the last two seasons on injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants' backfield is likely to look a good bit different heading into the 2014 season. Brown is very capable but has a long injury history. The G-Men are likely to draft/sign another RB this offseason in case Wilson can't play.

Andre Brown leaves with concussion
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:06pm

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Giants RB Andre Brown left the game in overtime with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

That left Michael Cox as their only healthy running back, and resulted in tight end Bear Pascoe ending up with his first career carry, which went for two yards. Peyton Hillis suffered a concussion last week so the Giants will have a lot of questions at RB heading into Week 17.