Andre Brown Fantasy News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:38am

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

John Harris, analyst of the Houston Texans, on the team's backup running backs: Andre Brown and Alfred Blue got a ton of reps with Arian Foster out with a "minor" issue. Neither one of them is Foster, but then again, who is? Brown, though, can pound and after absorbing a few hits, Blue ran hard, especially down during the goal line drill. He stuck up into the line a couple of times, hard, only to run into a defensive brick wall. More on the goal line drill in a second.

I was, and still am, a big fan of Brown. I wanted the Texans to draft him when he was coming out of NC State and he's a lot like I remembered him. Nagging injuries throughout his career have slowed his development a bit but that wasn't evident one bit today. The vet ran the ball hard all day long and continued to catch it well too.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not yet clear who is the best handcuff for Foster, but it appears that Brown is still running ahead of Blue. Both players have been praised at camp.

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Texans RB Arian Foster leaves practice early

Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:19am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Texans played much of last season without running back Arian Foster because of a back injury, making life more difficult for their offense and creating some worry when Foster had to leave Sunday’s practice early.

The good news is that the reason for his departure, which came with the assistance of a cart, didn’t seem to have anything to do with his back. He was getting his legs stretched out on the sideline before riding the cart to the trainer’s room and the Texans didn’t express much concern about his status.

Whatever the issue — Foster dealt with hamstring troubles in training camp last year — it is enough to keep the back off the practice field during Monday’s first padded practice of camp as well. It may just be precautionary as the Texans try to keep a small problem from blossoming, but it will certainly be something to watch given Foster’s recent injury history.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Brown will likely see a few more reps with Foster out of the lineup.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Teammates say Arian Foster feeling great

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

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

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

NJ.com - [Full Article]

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

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

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.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Brown is on track to play in a nice matchup against the Redskins on Sunday.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Hillis should return to a backup role behind starter Andre Brown.

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm

Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Brown is on track to play against the Redskins on Sunday.

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm

Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Hillis should return to a backup role behind starter Andre Brown.