This afternoon, the Houston Texans finally took Arian Foster off the team’s PUP list — very encouraging news for fantasy owners that drafted Foster prior to this point.
Foster has been hampered by various injuries from a strained calf to a hurt back. These injuries have undoubtedly altered Foster’s draft stock as he was without a doubt the first or second overall pick in drafts before these nagging injuries, but has been falling out of the top two picks in recent drafts.
With Foster now off the PUP, he can finally practice and take snaps during preseason games. While a preseason game appearance may be unlikely, it is still extremely encouraging to see him get suited up in pads and taking reps with the first team.
If you do take Foster in the first round of your drafts, Ben Tate is an extremely essential handcuff just in case Foster isn’t ready for Week 1.
Even if Foster is ready to go, Tate figures to get more carries than the 65 he received last season. Tate has been very successful when his name has been called in his two-year carrier, averaging over five yards per carry on 240 carries.
Regardless of who is taking carries out of the backfield this year for Houston, they could be in for a very successful season. Houston is blessed with the fourth-easiest schedule for running backs in fantasy. If Foster can remain healthy, you can bet he’ll be a lock to finish in the top-five for fantasy running backs.
If not Tate, becomes a very interesting play in fantasy.
Mike Block is a featured Fantasy Sports columnist for Rant Sports. Follow me on Twitter @MikeBlock611 and feel free to ask any questions you may have about fantasy sports.
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