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Week 1 status of Texans' Arian Foster is up for much debate

Arian Foster @ArianFoster says his left hamstring, which he injured early in training camp and aggravated during a preseason game Saturday, is getting better, and he's optimistic that he will play next Sunday versus Indianapolis.
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he is "hoping" Foster plays in that game.
But in the wake of a tweet from Foster showing the MRI of his hamstring, at least one person with a fairly knowledgeable opinion doesn't think Foster will be healthy by week one.
"The MRI scan tweeted by Foster demonstrates considerable muscle damage with bleeding and swelling," ESPN sports medicine expert Michael Kaplan said Wednesday. "Treatment is conservative. Rest, physical therapy with stretching and ultrasound, and anti-inflammatory medicine will be employed. Foster will use a gradual strengthening program when he's ready. A return to the field would not be expected before three to four weeks. Premature exertion risks re-tear and longer convalescence."

Fantasy Analysis:

First of all, it's pretty neat to see a player's MRI. Even if most of us don't know what to make of it, I just thought it was interesting.
Secondly, this is just an opinion of one doctor. On the other hand, it is an opinion of a doctor, so his opinion should matter. We'll see how much Foster practices next week, at which time we should have a much better idea on his availability for that Colts game. For those of you who haven't drafted yet -- me included -- it seems like all of the top picks -- Foster, Peterson, Johnson, Charles -- have pretty large questions surrounding them. At this point, I think Charles has the most upside while Peterson is the safest pick. Foster has the biggest injury concern, and we don't know when Johnson will play this season, if ever.
If you are going to select Foster, make sure to get your hands on Ben Tate @BenTateRB. Or Derrick Ward @DerrickWard32. Or both.


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Is it just me or does anyone else find it very "ODD" that Arian would post anything about his health to anyone. Esp the public. Remember last year he didn't even tell the Texans about his knee issues for fear of losing his starting gig. I'm leaning on this being more of a ploy to mess with other teams. At least I hope so, Arian is on my Fantasy Teams and I am banking on him to at least get 65-70 % of his pts average from last year. Oh Lord I am nervous.

Posted by:
TRButler 08/31/11 11:47 PM

Butler: Man, you ain't lying! I managed to get 1st pick in both my drafts and i have foster in both and even though I also have Tate, this scares the s h i t outta me!!!

Posted by:
porkstu 09/01/11 05:48 AM

Maybe he wanted a free diagnosis.

Posted by:
aamiha73 09/01/11 08:10 AM

I'm a veterinarian and that's a picture of a race horse's hamstring.

Posted by:
gpkennedy1 09/01/11 11:15 AM

Charles over Rice? Rice should at least be part of the conversation for top five.

Posted by:
crush51 09/01/11 11:32 AM

im getting the feeling he is messing with Fantasy Football players and this is a fake picture... he did say Fantasy Footballers "need to get a life"

Posted by:
kenshinsars 09/01/11 02:56 PM

I didn;t see the pic on twitter, but I heard his social security number and phone number was on it for all to see.LOL. Identity theft any one.

Posted by:
fantasyfanatic 09/01/11 05:32 PM

"The MRI scan tweeted by Foster demonstrates considerable muscle damage with bleeding and swelling," ESPN sports medicine expert Michael Kaplan said Wednesday. "Treatment is conservative. Rest, physical therapy with stretching and ultrasound, and anti-inflammatory medicine will be employed.

and hes jogging and stretching on the sidelines... the MRI was fake obviously

Posted by:
kenshinsars 09/01/11 11:40 PM

Whoever was asking about why Ray Rice wasn't included in the top RB consideration is right. He's the only RB of the top 5 that doesn't have any ??'s. He is behind a top-5 O-line who then brought in the #1 lead blocker in the league (Leach), his TD vulture left town (McGahee), and he's playing against much easier teams this year. He also has Evans and Smith stretching the field which should provide a little more room underneath. Color me crazy, but if Foster has a 50/50 chance to miss 3-4 weeks, then Rice should be in consideration for pick #1

Posted by:
nugjuice 09/02/11 10:38 PM

Ray Rice most definitely #1 in a PPR league, nugjuice you are spot on!

Posted by:
chumpy51580 09/03/11 07:35 AM
FFToolbox.com Writer

In PPR leagues, I think Rice is No. 2 behind Johnson.
In standard leagues, I would now put Rice No. 4 right now behind Peterson, Johnson and Charles in that order. Foster might have fallen behind McCoy for me.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 09/03/11 01:46 PM

last year foster was running around on what was basically a mutilated knee. After learning that nothing will surprise me with this guy.

Posted by:
chicagoreher 09/03/11 08:31 PM

I like Chris Johnson for #1, he has 3 years of 1200+ yards, and no reason to believe he'll score less.

Posted by:
chicagoreher 09/03/11 08:32 PM

Rickey Williams will vulture TDs in his own right

Posted by:
kenshinsars 09/06/11 08:32 AM

Foster and Tate are already taken in my league. Would it be worth picking up Ward and starting him in the flex position over Tashard Choice from Dallas (who Yahoo projects at 7.25 points in week 1)?

Posted by:
andwriesq 09/07/11 12:04 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

Starting him? I would rather have Choice just because I think Tate would get more snaps than Ward if Foster does play. I think Choice is the clear backup in Dallas; he has one less hurdle to jump, so I think he would be the better play.
If Foster doesn't play, Tate and Ward could split the workload, but you never freaking know with Gary Kubiak.
Also, don't worry about those points projections. Those mean nothing. I am certainly not expecting 72 total yards from Choice this week.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 09/08/11 12:50 PM

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