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Arian Foster Rips Fantasy Football Players for Worrying About Injury

Is fantasy football turning us into machines? These days it seems as though all age brackets, species, and sexes are playing fantasy football. Whether you are trying to make a couple bucks or just enjoy managing your own squad, fantasy football seems to appeal to everyone.

As a result, we find ourselves worrying about the health of the players on our teams. In that sense there’s not much difference between monitoring your fantasy team and worrying about your favorite team.  Arian Foster, the No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy drafts after his monster performance last season, has a huge problem with people who are only concerned about his injured hamstring because of fantasy football.

“(For) those sincerely concerned, I’m doing ok and plan (to be) back by opening day,” Foster wrote on Twitter. “For those worried (about) your fantasy team, (you people) are sick.”

In a sense Foster is right and it is pretty selfish for people to only ask about his health because they drafted him in a fantasy league.  However, it’s no different from rooting for your favorite team. When Tom Brady tore his ACL do you think Patriots fans felt badly for him personally or were worried about their season?  It could be a little of both, but we all know the latter is where priorities lie.  We’re talking about a tweaked hamstring, not locker room devastation.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for the story.

Ben Tate Medically Cleared, Will He Cut into Arian Foster’s Productivity?

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster capitalized on injuries to Ben Tate and Steve Slaton by rushing for a franchise-record 231 yards the first week of the season against the Indianapolis Colts. The undrafted back out of Tennessee didn’t stop there — he put together seven more 100-yard games for the Texans to earn the NFL’s rushing title and fantasy MVP crown. Though 2010 proved to be a monstrous success for Foster, an interesting item was revealed on Tuesday making us wonder how it will impact Foster’s fantasy status for 2011.

Texans running back Ben Tate announced on twitter that he was finally ready to resume his NFL career. “Went to see the doc today finally cleared no more rehab im sooo happy…..time for a vacation then back on the grind for the 2011 season!!!!!!!!#NOLOCKOUT” he wrote.

Tate was Houston’s second-round pick last year and he unfortunately tore up his ankle in the team’s first preseason game in August. Tate ended up on injured reserve for the entire season, and the starting job went to Arian Foster who became a star. Now that the former second-round pick out of Auburn is returning, one has to wonder if Arian will be as productive as he was last year.

There is little doubt that Foster fits into Houston’s offense perfectly and that he can continue his success in the league. The reality is that all teams share carries at running back — even Houston had Derrick Ward getting plenty of looks last season — so I wouldn’t worry about Tate. He has to worry about regaining the form that led to him being a high draft pick, and the Texans would be crazy to take the ball out of Foster’s hands more than they need to.

Tate’s emergence may give the Texans a better second option at running back, but I wouldn’t worry about him cutting into Foster’s stats too much. Arian Foster is still the man in Houston.

Arian Foster Closes Out Best Season by Undrafted Rookie Running Back

The first time we wrote about Arian Foster at LBS, he was blitzing the Colts in week one for a franchise record 231 yards. Not much has changed for the second-year player from Tennessee — Foster closed out the season with 180 rushing yards in a win over the Jags. The spectacular performances bookended a special season for the running back.

The 180 rushing yards helped Foster regain the league rushing lead from Jamaal Charles who surpassed Arian earlier in the day. Additionally, the monster game against the Jags gave Foster 1,616 rushing yards on the season, the most by an undrafted player since Priest Holmes ran for 1,615 in 2002 (read more of Foster’s story here). As if the 1,616 total wasn’t already impressive enough, Foster added 66 catches for 604 yards and two touchdowns.

Not only did Arian win the rushing title in the NFL, but he also ended the season as the top scoring running back in fantasy football, and depending on the league, the top scoring player overall. I was huge on Arian entering into the season, going so far as to make him a franchise player in a keeper league. The man did not disappoint, proving he was a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak’s offense based on the zone blocking scheme.

It seems likely that Houston will keep Kubiak’s offense around, but they also need a defense makeover in order to win more games. Could anyone have figured at this point that the answer to Houston’s problems would be none other than Wade Phillips?

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Arian Foster Has Another Monster Half, Chargers the Latest Victims

Is it safe to put Arian Foster in the discussion with Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, and Maurice Jones-Drew yet?  He may not have proven as much as the aforementioned studs just yet in terms of consistency, but he’s certainly getting there.  In fact, you could argue that there’s no running back who can do more damage in a brief stretch of time during a game.

Earlier in the year, Foster was benched for an entire half against Oakland and somehow managed to rack up 187 total yards and a score.  At halftime of the Texans game against the Chargers, Arian is already over 100 total yards (99 of them on the ground) and has two touchdowns.  He would have scored a third if not for a receiving touchdown being taken away in a ruling similar to the Calvin Johnson play earlier in the year.  He’s pretty much been the entire Houston offense and is the main reason they’re currently leading 20-14.

In other words, Foster could park it on the bench for the remainder of the game and still end up with an enormously productive fantasy day.  I think it’s safe to say he’s secured a spot in the top-5 of all fantasy drafts next year

Arian Foster Benched by Gary Kubiak for First Quarter in Coach’s Decision

Fantasy football owners and Texans fans were stunned by the news that running back Arian Foster was benched to start the game in Oakland. Foster, who won the AFC Offensive Player of the Month Award, had fantasy owners in panic as he started off the game on the bench for no apparent reason.

Houston decided to play Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton at running back and allowed both men to carry the ball their first four drives of the game. The first drive ended with a 33-yard touchdown by Ward. Their next drive led to a punt, the third drive resulted in a touchdown pass (set up by a nice 23-yard run from Slaton), and it wasn’t until Houston punted on their 4th drive that we finally saw Foster.

The NFL’s leading rusher had his first carry with six minutes left in the second quarter. Foster posted just 13 yards on three carries before halftime but came out with a vengeance in the second half. On the second play of the second half, Arian Foster busted through a hole for a 74-yard touchdown — his longest career run — to break a 14-14 tie. Foster split the load on the team’s next drive, but then he regained his role as the feature back after that.

Arian Foster finished with 131 on 16 carries and added 56 yards on three receptions (plus a receiving touchdown). His strong performance bailed out fantasy owners who were freaking after the unproductive first half. He also bailed out the Texans and Gary Kubiak who were struggling with a tie game until Foster broke free.

So far there hasn’t been any news explaining why Foster was benched. Because it was a surprise benching, the best guess is it was due to a violation of team rules. Often times when there are surprises like this, it’s related to a player screwing up on a road trip by being late to a meeting, flight, or curfew. Knowing that the team was on the road in Oakland, it’s plausible something happened along these lines. Good thing it didn’t cost the Texans in the win column.

UPDATE: Foster was benched for missing a team meeting and being late to another.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Arian Foster and Michael Vick Improbable Player of the Month Award Winners

The NFL released its Player of the Month of September awards on Thursday. The winners from the AFC were Texans running back Arian Foster on offense, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis on defense, and Bengals kicker Mike Nugent on special teams. The NFC winners were Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on offense, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on defense, and Saints kick returner Courtney Roby on special teams. It may be easy to see now, but if you think back a year or two ago, you’ll realize how improbable it is that Vick and Foster are the offensive players of the month for September in the NFL.

Arian Foster ran for a franchise record 231 yards in Houston’s season-opening win over the Colts. In addition to the impressive opener, Foster leads the NFL with 502 yards from scrimmage and it helped him become the second Houston player in franchise history to win the award.

What makes his story so improbable is that he was just an undrafted player out of Tennessee last year. Foster split carries with several backs for the Vols in 2008, including Montario Hardesty. He ran just a 4.7 40 yard dash and wound up undrafted, though some teams expressed interest. The Texans signed him to a two-year deal, placed him on their practice squad, then added him on the roster late in the year. Foster ended up with 54 carries last year, scoring three touchdowns. This year, he won the starting job and has dominated since week one.

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Arian Foster Busts Out in Week 1

It was a monstrous season opener for the Houston Texans who beat the Colts for just the second time in franchise history. Houston got out to a 13-0 lead, extended it to 27-10 in the fourth quarter, and held on for a 34-24 win. Many people predicted this would be a breakout year for Houston and the Texans did not disappoint.

Houston led the NFL in passing yards last year and it looks like they’ve added a running game to match. Undrafted second-year man out of Tennessee, Arian Foster, ran wild in the opener setting a franchise record with 231 yards on the ground. The Texans running back looked incredibly impressive in the fourth quarter when he toted the rock three times for 78 yards in a four-play scoring drive that made it 27-10.

Foster’s 231 yards were the second most rushing yards by a back on opening weekend since O.J. Simpson’s 250 in 1973. I predicted a monster season for Foster, but damn, it looks like he’ll surpass my expectations if he keeps this up. It’s too early to say that Houston is taking over as the team to beat in the AFC South, but we do know they’re even more dangerous with this newly found running attack. Watch out NFL, Arian Foster is coming.