Chris Polk, RB Houston Texans

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Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4:23pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t ready to name a starting quarterback Sunday, but he did praise two of his backup running backs – Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk.

Grimes came off the bench for five carries and 23 yards and two catches for 12 yards.

“He’s a smart guy that embraces his role,” O’Brien said. “He can catch the ball, and he’s one of our core players on special teams.”

Polk had seven carries for 36 yards, a 5.1-yard average per carry. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.

“Polk had a pretty good game,” O’Brien said. “He showed some juice in the running game. He caught the ball well, too.”

The Texans finished with 24 carries for 71 yards, a 3-yard average.

Fantasy Impact:

Polk is a bigger back who would likely be a change of pace or short yardage guy while Grimes may be more of a true backup to starter Alfred Blue.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
When Arian Foster went down with a torn groin muscle, Chris Polk happened to be sitting out with a hamstring injury of his own. But he got himself well in a hurry and returned to practice knowing what was at stake for him and his new team. “I just felt bad as a competitor because we’re kind of low on numbers and I was sitting around and playing with my fingers,” said Polk, who spent the last four seasons in Philadelphia. “Now I’m healthy and getting back into it, I’m feeling really good and learning the system and gaining confidence.” According to the Houston Chronicle, Polk was being pegged as a likely third down specialist because of his soft hands when he joined the Texans, but with Foster out indefinitely, any number of roles are open to him.

Fantasy Downside
Health and consistency have been issues since Polk's arrival in the NFL and have limited his production. He carried the ball 57 times for 270 yards and scored seven touchdowns over his last two seasons as a reserve in Philly.

Bottom Line
We've all seen what Alfred Blue can do in relief of Foster and he is clearly the favorite to win the starting job. But it's still a competition and it's not hard to find observers who have gone on record predicting Polk will ultimately be the starter until Foster's return. Does that make Polk worth a late-round flyer? Until we have some certainty surrounding his role, that would only apply in deeper leagues.

2015 Strength of Schedule - HOU
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
16
KC
14
@CAR
22
TB
31
@ATL
19
IND
25
@JAX
4
@MIA
30
TEN
BYE29
@CIN
6
NYJ
32
NO
2
@BUF
18
NE
19
@IND
30
@TEN
25
JAX

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1JAX------------
2IND------------
3WAS0000-0000-0/730%
4SF0000-0000-0/600%
5STL------------
6NYG------------
7BYE------------
8ARI313004.3311011.0014/9215%
9HOU850106.250000-14/8317%
10CAR511002.200000-13/6221%
11GB30000.000000-4/785%
12TEN75000.711150115.0021/8724%
13DAL1149004.450000-12/7716%
14SEA------------
15DAL26203.000000-3/555%
16WAS0000-0000-1/901%
17NYG738105.430001-15/7321%
Totals46172403.74216038.0097/83012%

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