Suffering a groin injury just a month before the season kept Arian Foster out the first few weeks of the season. Things didn’t get any better this past Thursday Night as he suffered an apparent concussion on a big hit by D’Qwell Jackson. Foster put himself back in for the next play before being pulled following another hit by Jackson. Foster went on to take out his frustration on a Gatorade cooler.
After two games, how are things looking for Foster in the fantasy world? Will he prove to be worth the bench spot you’ve given him the past few weeks? It doesn’t look like it. Foster is approaching that age where running backs start to regress, especially considering his durability concerns. The past 3 seasons he has missed a total of 14 regular season games, this year included.
Through two games, Foster has been very underwhelming when running the ball. On 19 carries this past week, he ran for only 41 yards for just over 2 yards per rush. It wasn’t any better in week 1 as he compiled only 10 yards on 8 carries. So far he has averaged less than 2 yards per carry; very disappointing, especially for those who were excited for his return and needed a boost in their lineup. However, he did haul in 9 catches and 77 receiving yards for most of his fantasy points in week 5. The Texans are trying to give him a steady increasing workload, he received 28 touches this past week opposed to just 11 in his debut in week 4.
It doesn’t look like Foster has that explosion that he once possessed, which makes him a questionable start on gameday. He still has that receiving ability out of the backfield, which is a big plus because Bill O’Brien loves to throw the ball. Against Indy, O’Brien threw the ball 41 times, opposed to 26 carries. However, this doesn’t bode well for Foster in the running game, he won’t see a consistent workload.
I don’t want to sell Foster just yet, but I don’t want to buy him either. We haven’t seen enough of him to make a viable decision. However, most signs point to him having a poor 2015 campaign between durability concerns, ineffectiveness running the football, age, and the overall offense. I’m selling Foster for the rest of the season.