But the Texans didn't add another running back, which seemed ... curious. Then reports began swirling that Foster wouldn't miss as much time as we first thought.
Then just this weekend a new report surfaced suggesting Foster's recovery from surgery has been great and as a result has a real chance to be back on the field by late September or early October.
If you drafted Foster at any point past Round 6, you landed yourself a steal after all. But you also might have a trade to think about. Foster's sudden availability offers his Fantasy owners some flexibility -- either Foster could be traded to upgrade a different part of a team or another running back could be moved since Foster at least provides incredible depth.
And then there are the non-believers who took Foster for whatever reason but are jittery about him lasting long. After all, he is coming back from significant surgery and didn't have the benefit of even a partial training camp. There isn't a guarantee he'll be a dominant No. 1 Fantasy running back.
There haven't been many trades made across CBSSports.com leagues -- which is totally normal because people don't trade before the season unless they think they're getting a steal. But let's check out the deals involving Foster and see which ones make sense based on what we expect and which ones are completely whacko.
Arian Foster and Alfred Blue for T.Y. Hilton: I can see why someone would make this deal -- maybe an owner started a draft with three receivers and moved Hilton for a running back crew. By Week 5 this could look like a steal ... one way or the other. At the start of the season I'd rather have Hilton.
Arian Foster for Julius Thomas, DeSean Jackson and Darren McFadden: Technically this is close to a square deal from the chart, but a three-for-one deal like this usually means someone's shoving a pile of mediocrity into someone's lap for a stud. And, in these cases, you want to be the one getting the stud.
Arian Foster and Ben Roethlisberger for Dez Bryant and Lamar Miller: Call the cops because someone pulled off a heist! Foster and Roethlisberger might be a good price for one of these guys, but both? This is a case of someone getting stupid before the season and another owner reaping the rewards.
What are the Trade Values? The chart is designed to help guide you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR leagues. The values assigned to the players below are a long-term measurement of their Fantasy value. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you should be able to get in return. This list should also work as a "Rest of Season" rankings. Also, any player not on the chart should be considered valued at no more than two points.
|Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT||35||39||Amari Cooper, WR, OAK||12||15||Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL||6||6|
|Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||34||36||Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN||12||14||Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI||5||6|
|Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||34||36||Carlos Hyde, RB, SF||12||14||John Brown, WR, ARI||5||6|
|Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||31||34||Drew Brees, QB, NO||12||12||LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE||5||6|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||31||33||Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET||11||14||Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE||5||6|
|C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN||29||31||Andre Ellington, RB, ARI||11||14||C.J. Spiller, RB, NO||4||7|
|Matt Forte, RB, CHI||27||31||T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC||11||13||Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||4||7|
|Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN||27||28||Melvin Gordon, RB, SD||11||12||Steve Smith, WR, BAL||4||6|
|Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||25||29||Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||11||11||DeVante Parker, WR, MIA||4||6|
|Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||24||28||Arian Foster, RB, HOU||10||12||Michael Floyd, WR, ARI||4||6|
|Dez Bryant, WR, DAL||24||28||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||10||12||Roddy White, WR, ATL||4||6|
|Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||23||27||Joseph Randle, RB, DAL||10||12||Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA||4||4|
|Julio Jones, WR, ATL||23||27||Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR||10||11||Sam Bradford, QB, PHI||4||4|
|Odell Beckham, WR, NYG||22||25||Alfred Morris, RB, WAS||10||10||Jordan Cameron, TE, MIA||4||4|
|Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||22||25||Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA||9||12||Darren McFadden, RB, DAL||4||4|
|DeMarco Murray, RB, PHI||22||24||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||9||12||Knile Davis, RB, KC||4||4|
|A.J. Green, WR, CIN||21||25||Todd Gurley, RB, STL||9||10||Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN||4||4|
|Randall Cobb, WR, GB||20||24||Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||9||9||Danny Woodhead, RB, SD||3||5|
|T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||20||23||Davante Adams, WR, GB||8||11||David Johnson, RB, ARI||3||5|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF||20||22||Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ||8||10||Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||3||4|
|Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA||19||22||Tony Romo, QB, DAL||8||8||Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL||3||4|
|Frank Gore, RB, IND||19||21||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||8||8||Mike Wallace, WR, MIN||3||4|
|Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||19||21||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||8||8||Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN||3||3|
|Andrew Luck, QB, IND||19||19||Julian Edelman, WR, NE||7||11||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||2||3|
|Mike Evans, WR, TB||18||21||Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF||7||10||Kendall Wright, WR, TEN||2||3|
|Brandin Cooks, WR, NO||18||21||Golden Tate, WR, DET||7||10||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||2||3|
|Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI||17||20||Keenan Allen, WR, SD||7||10||Eddie Royal, WR, CHI||2||3|
|Justin Forsett, RB, BAL||16||19||Allen Robinson, WR, JAC||7||10||Eli Manning, QB, NYG||2||2|
|Mark Ingram, RB, NO||16||17||Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT||7||9||Dwayne Allen, TE, IND||2||2|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||16||16||Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI||7||9||Carson Palmer, QB, ARI||2||2|
|Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI||15||18||Tom Brady, QB, NE||7||7||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN||2||2|
|Latavius Murray, RB, OAK||15||18||DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS||6||8||Tre Mason, RB, STL||2||2|
|Doug Martin, RB, TB||14||17||Charles Johnson, WR, MIN||6||8||Alfred Blue, RB, HOU||2||2|
|DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||13||16||Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC||6||8||Matt Jones, RB, WAS||2||2|
|Travis Kelce, TE, KC||13||16||Joique Bell, RB, DET||6||7||Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR||2||2|
|Andre Johnson, WR, IND||13||16||Matthew Stafford, QB, DET||6||6||Torrey Smith, WR, SF||2||2|
|Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||13||16||Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG||6||6||Devin Funchess, WR, CAR||2||2|