D'Onta Foreman will compete for playing time with the Texans this preseason. His slow recovery from a torn Achilles combined with his ugly play last season have made him unpopular in the Fantasy crowd. However, the Texans seem to be optimistic as they did nothing major this offseason to improve their running back corps, meaning Foreman enters training camp as the backup to Lamar Miller. Foreman could fill the role left behind by Alfred Blue, making him a candidate for anywhere from five to 13 touches per game. It's good enough to put the bruising back in the late-round stash category, but impatient Fantasy managers might drop him if he's not doing anything spectacular in the early going.
Foreman, who appears to have "lost a significant amount of weight," reported to the offseason program at 230 pounds, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Texans are reportedly pleased with Foreman's progress, though news of his evolution isn't a huge surprise overall given how Foreman had already drawn praise this offseason for slimming down. After playing at a listed weight of 235 pounds last season coming off a torn Achilles, Foreman is clearly taking total advantage of his first full offseason program in the pros, uninhibited by any rehab work. Entering the draft, he seems to be the odds-on favorite to open the 2019 campaign in the No. 2 role behind Lamar Miller.
Foreman has embraced a demanding offseason regimen that includes a healthy diet and regular boxing workouts, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. Foreman predictably failed to make a dent in 2018 as he worked his way back from a torn Achilles suffered in November of his rookie season. He did get a few snaps in Houston's lone playoff game, setting the stage for a healthy offseason and presumably a larger role in 2019. Foreman reportedly has slimmed down from his listed weight of 235 pounds, emphasizing agility and conditioning rather than relying on power and straight-line speed. He figures to enter training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Lamar Miller, who is still viewed as the starter by Texans GM Brian Gaine. It could easily turn into a competitive situation if Foreman's hard work this offseason pays off.
General manager Brian Gaine said the Texans are "optimistic about a very positive return" for Foreman in 2019, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. After tearing his left Achilles on Nov. 19, 2017, Foreman wasn't cleared for game action until Week 16 of the past campaign. In what marked his sole appearance of the regular season, he didn't find much success on the ground (seven carries for minus-one yard) but hauled in both of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown. With Alfred Blue set to be a free agent in March, Foreman is slated to move up the depth chart behind Lamar Miller, who was called a "three-down back" by Gaine in the same media session. Miller is preparing for his age-28 season and has dealt with the occasional injury in Houston, so Foreman should have a chance to make good on the investment made in him in the third round of the 2017 draft, as he continues to put the Achilles' issue in the rearview mirror.
Foreman had one carry for three yards and was targeted once in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts. Foreman, who missed the first 12 games of the season due to his recovery from a ruptured Achilles, was active for just the second game since his return Week 14. The history of players returning from similar injuries is not encouraging, particularly for running backs, per this study in the journal Foot & Ankle International. That doesn't mean he can't be an impact player in 2019, but fantasy owners should proceed with caution.
Foreman is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. With Foreman sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale, the Texans' Week 17 rushing attack will be headed by Lamar Miller (who is back from an ankle injury) and Alfred Blue.
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