It's difficult to count on Arian Foster for a large role in Fantasy or in the NFL after he tore his Achilles in October. He underwent surgery, missed the rest of last season and subsequently released by the Texans in March. He'll turn 30 just before the start of the season, but the Dolphins don't seem to mind. Miami signed Foster and could be prepared to give him a lot of work in their backfield as part of Adam Gase's up-tempo offense. It all sounds good, but with multiple injuries harpooning each of his last three seasons, Foster is as risky as they come. Brave Fantasy owners will consider him as soon as Round 7, with Jay Ajayi a sensible handcuff in Round 8.
Foster is gaining ground on Jay Ajayi for the starting running back position, Joe Schad of the PalmBeachPost.com reports. Foster rushed for 10 yards and a touchdown on five carries but showed flashes of his old self on Thursday night. The 30-year-old has been listed as the No. 2 back behind Ajayi, who rushed for 11 yards on seven carries Thursday. Foster said about the position battle on Friday, "Just stay patient. Can't get frustrated. It's extremely dramatic. Everything is wrong or everything is right week in and week out, so you just have to stay focused and not listen to the noise."
Foster garnered 10 yards and a touchdown on five carries and secured both of his targets for 20 yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason victory over the Falcons. The Pro Bowl visited the end zone for the first time in a Dolphins uniform, scoring from two yards out early in the second quarter. Foster was more impressive in the passing game, tallying a 16-yard reception on one of his two catches. While his night may not have been particularly noteworthy, neither was main competitor Jay Ajayi's, meaning that Foster likely remains on track for the top tailback spot come the initial regular-season depth chart.
After rolling Foster out for just nine snaps in last Friday's preseason game against the Cowboys, coach Adam Gase is hoping that the Dolphins can "take a long look" at the veteran back Thursday against the Falcons, the Miami Herald reports. Foster, who turns 30 Wednesday, is looking to overtake Jay Ajayi on the Dolphins' RB depth chart. A strong effort in the team's third preseason game Thursday could accelerate such an outcome, though we'd expect Foster and Ajayi to both see touches with the Dolphins' first-team offense in the contest. As Gase has pointed out, Foster's "resume speaks for itself," and with that in mind it's not hard to imagine that, at a minimum, the veteran back will secure a key role in what could emerge as some form of time-share arrangement in the Miami backfield. That scenario, of course, hinges on the oft-injured Foster remaining healthy.
Foster lost five yards on his two carries in his Dolphins debut during Friday night's 41-14 preseason loss to the Cowboys. The numbers paled in significance to the fact that Foster returned to the field for the first time since last Oct. 25, when he tore his Achilles against the Dolphins squad he now dons the uniform of. Foster has looked good in camp practices and should see more extensive action in the Dolphins' regular-season dress rehearsal next Thursday versus the Falcons.
Foster, who is slated to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Cowboys, believes that he is past the Achilles injury that caused him to miss the final 12 games of the 2015 campaign, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. "It's back," Foster said when asked about the injury. "We're good." Meanwhile, coach Adam Gase has indicated that the battle to replace Lamar Miller as the Dolphins' top back is wide open. With that in mind, Foster -- who is challenging Jay Ajayi for the assignment -- could well get some carries with Miami's starters against Dallas on Friday.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|9||11/06||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|10||11/13||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|12||11/27||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|15||12/18||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|17||01/01||New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||148||650||3||27||246||3||125|