Arian Foster was high on a lot of preseason rankings heading into 2015, but he came down with yet another injury that is going to shelf him for at least four to six week. We can’t say we didn’t expect this from Foster, considering he has a history of injuries, and this groin injury just adds to his long list of problems.
Foster was no doubt a top 10 fantasy pick in standard and PPR leagues, and, unfortunately, some leagues already held their drafts or you own Foster in a keeper or dynasty league.
Even though Foster’s timetable for return sits at four to six weeks, knowing Foster this is something that could turn into a nagging injury.
While the Texans could turn to free agency to snag a replacement, it seems like the starter for the first few weeks of the season is currently on the roster.
The only two names to really get excited about are Alfred Blue and Chris Polk.
Blue had a solid season filling in for Foster during his three absences but didn’t necessarily blow anyone away.
He finished 2015 with 169 rushes for 528 yards and two touchdowns. That was only good for 3.1 yards per carry.
However, considering Blue’s 3.1 yards per carry in 2014, it’s hard to imagine him hanging on to the starting job if he can’t improve.
On the other hand, the Texans added Chris Polk in free agency, and he figures to at least get a shot at replacing Foster.
Polk didn’t do too much in two years with the Eagles, but he did make the most of his carries. In two years, Polk ran for 270 yards on 57 carries with seven touchdowns.
It’s clear many will be rooting for Polk to snag the starting job, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Texans roll out Blue until Foster is healthy. However, Polk did see some goal-line opportunities in 2014, so he could vulture a few touchdowns.
Right now, Blue is the one worth drafting, but once the Texans play some preseason games that could change quickly.