A couple weeks after being cut by the Texans, 4-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster went on his first official visit down in South Beach with the Miami Dolphins. Lamar Miller’s departure to Houston left a hole in Miami’s backfield.
Foster missed 12 games last season and averaged a measly 2.4 yards per carry, but he still appeared as one of our top 10 available free agents. His experience will be coveted in an inexperienced stable of running backs in Miami. He can still be a solid in a limited role as he would split most of the carries with 2nd year, Jay Ajayi. In a limited role, Foster’s durability shouldn’t be an issue.
The Dolphins aren’t expected to sign Foster just yet, as they want to see how he looks when he’s able to run at full speed.
#Dolphins unlikely to sign Arian Foster after tomorrow, since he can’t go full-speed yet. But they’ll get to know him, put wheels in motion
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2016
Even when/if Foster signs with the Dolphins, I still prefer Jay Ajayi from a fantasy perspective. Ajayi was a workhorse at Boise State and Miami’s 5th round pick in last year’s draft. In his 2nd season, the coaching staff will look to feed him the rock to see where he’s at in his development. His big body especially will benefit in the redzone where he will likely get most of the touches. Worth a late pick based on the upside.
On the other hand, Arian Foster is still Arian Foster. Clearly he lost a step last season, but I think he would provide a good change of pace in more of a reserve role. Might be worth a late round pick based on past production, but I don’t think he comes close to previous years in terms of fantasy points.
It’s Jay Ajayi over Foster for me.