Why Houston Texans’ Arian Foster is huge fantasy football risk

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May 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) works out during organized team activities at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports


Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will be one of the top backs in the NFL this season, and will probably be one of the best backs to have on your fantasy football team. But based on where he’s being taken in a lot of drafts, his production in 2013 may not quite live up to the position he’s being drafted at.

Foster is currently being drafted as the number 2 running back in fantasy football drafts, and was even at one point being projected the No. 1 overall fantasy football player entering the 2013 season.

But after he suffered a calf injury during organized team activities this offseason and started training camp on the PUP list, his chances of living up to that status has gotten slimmer as the season approaches. Once his calf healed, back soreness began to bother Foster, who received injections to help with the soreness before the Texans’ first preseason game. Kubiak said Sunday that the injections caused pain in Foster’s legs.

Foster was taken off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday and practiced with the team for the first time since the start of training camp.

When asked if he’ll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, Foster said, “Yeah, I’ll be ready.”

Still, the fact that he suffered an injury in May that’s sidelined him for much of the offseason has to make you think:

a) Will there be any lingering affects from that injury

b) Will missing that much time cause him to begin the season not in “football shape”?

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