Leading up to your fantasy football draft, the stock of Arian Foster was diminished due to a late groin injury that would reportedly keep him out up to 8 weeks. As it has played out, it seems as if he’ll be back sooner rather than later.
The Texans running back said he feels “wonderful”, but he isn’t quite 100% and won’t play until he is. If you were that guy in your fantasy football league to take a late flyer on him, that move will pay off tremendously within the next few weeks. You could even use him as trade bait leading up to his return. Foster has rushed for over 1,200 yards in 4 of the past 5 seasons with 50 rushing touchdowns during that span. He has been one of the most consistently productive fantasy players since 2010.
Without Foster, the Texans offense has suffered and has been very plain and predictable. After undergoing a QB change in week 2, the Texans still couldn’t find a victory and started the season 0-2; though they face an easier test in week 3 against the Buccaneers. Alfred Blue was expected to fill the void in the backfield left by Foster, but he hasn’t displayed the flare the team had hoped and he has been a disappointing fantasy option as well. Chris Polk is the leading rusher with 60 yards in two games. With that being said, the offense really lacks playmakers and suffers from mediocre QB play.
To answer the question, should you trade for Arian Foster? Yes.
When Foster returns, he is going to pickup right where he left off last season. Other than DeAndre Hopkins, who has been dealing with injuries of his own, the offense has no one to go to. The passing game is among the worst in the league with Ryan Mallett under center, so they will heavily rely on the feet of Foster and provide him a heavy workload. Not only that, he is an exceptional receiver out of the backfield and they will lean towards the short-intermediate passing game and set him up with occasional screens as well, where he excels.
If you’re one of those who drafted DeMarco Murray or suffer from poor RB play, Arian Foster is a prime trade candidate to boost your fantasy team. Expected back in the next two weeks or so, you better get him before it’s too late.