Texans RB Arian Foster shined during three practices against the Broncos, regularly beating Denver defensive backs and displaying soft hands that were perfect for Ryan Fitzpatrick touch passes.
“Very impressive,” O’Brien said. “(Foster is) a smart player, he’s an instinctive player. … Obviously, when we put him out there, he’s a matchup problem for people. Because he can run routes and he can run all kinds of different routes.”
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. At 27, Foster should have plenty of tread left on his tires, though the injuries seem to be piling up. The team wants to get him more involved in the passing game, which is a good sign for his PPR value. He is a risk-reward pick in the 2nd round.