Houston Texans running back Arian Foster sent a shockwave through the fantasy football community on Thursday when he wasn't able to finish practice because of what the team is calling a "sore knee." That sore knee kept Foster out of practice entirely on Friday. He's a true game-time decision this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Foster attempted to clarify his injury after the media reported that he had a knee injury. "It’s not my knee," Foster explained. "It’s around the knee area so there is no problem with my knee. It’s just kind of a vague description of where the center point of the pain is."
Whatever the injury, and where ever the "center point of the pain is," it's kept him from practicing and scared the team into giving him a MRI (which came back clean). So according to Foster, he'll play. But if you listen to head coach Gary Kubiak, the prospect of Foster suiting up is more grim.
For fantasy purposes, it's best to sit Foster. Even if his knee is feeling fine at kickoff, chances are that whatever his ailment is will flare up over the course of the game. There's nothing worse that watching your first-round draft pick sit the bench while his backup gets all the carries. Especially when you have a running back on your fantasy bench still putting up points.
While Foster says he'll play on Sunday, that doesn't mean he's going to play the entire game, or be effective when he does play. If you drafted Foster, then Ben Tate was a necessary handcuff. Even more, Tate was a running back to target as a solid RB2 against weaker defenses.
Last season, Tate put up solid fantasy numbers playing second fiddle to Foster. He was well worth a reach in this year's draft. If you reached and snagged him, well-done. Start Tate over Foster. If you didn't grab Tate, you still need to sit Foster and start your RB3. It goes without saying (but I will say it) that all Foster owners need to go out and beg, borrow and steal to get Tate on their squad. This may be a season-long ordeal with Foster.