Coming into the season, Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster was definitely one of the biggest fantasy football “boom-or-bust” draft picks. People are seeing first hand exactly why that is. So far this year, he has played both the boom and the bust role. We know about Foster’s talent, but we also know about his injury history. Constantly finding paydirt, while constantly fighting leg injuries.
In Houston’s first 2 games in 2014, Foster touched the rock a whopping 59 times, accounting for 270 yards and 1 touchdown. That was the boom. Then, surprisingly, fantasy owners woke up Sunday to the reports that Foster was likely to be inactive for Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants. He didn’t suit up, leaving Alfred Blue to take the handoffs for the Texans. That was the bust.
The hamstring that sidelined him on Sunday is the same hamstring that Foster had issues with during the preseason. This sort of injury news about Foster is nothing new to the fantasy world and should have been expected from owners who decided to draft the 28-year old running back. Foster has labeled himself “day-to-day”, stating he will return when he feels 100%, leaving his Week 4 status up in the air. Foster’s backup, Alfred Blue, should be owned in all leagues, regardless of when Foster returns, because it’s only a matter of time until he’s gone again.
For week four in particular, Foster owners should know by now that as he goes, they should go, too. Foster is playing this one by ear, and truly by day, and so should fantasy owners. Foster has a shot to suit up and be an elite play in week four, but we just don’t know if he’ll get there yet. Make sure you have his backup (Blue) or another alternative option in place, and wait until we learn more. Going forward, this obviously has to be a concern for Foster owners. Just three weeks in, and the exact thing you feared has come to light. If you can sell Foster for the right package, that might not be the worst idea in the world.