Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Since either Thad Lewis or Case Keenum will get the start for the Texans, the team obviously will lean on Foster as much as possible. However, his matchup against a Baltimore Ravens defense that gave up just 57 rushing yards per game and only one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs during the last month is a toughie. Based on the high number of combo touches that Foster usually receives, he still should compile a decent fantasy outing. Foster owners will need to dial down their expectations a bit though.
Foster saw his 2013 season come to an end after only eight games due to a back injury that required surgery last November. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foster has been medically cleared and will be ready for training camp. More good news is that Foster actually looked sharp and fresh last season. The shaky quarterback situation in Houston could allow defenses to stack the box in an effort to contain Foster and force the team to throw. After incurring a massive workload from 2010-2012, there is some concern that Foster could be wearing down as he's struggled with hamstring issues. The extended break and recovery time from back surgery should see him enter the 2014 season as healthy as he's been in recent years. The addition of former Giants running back Andre Brown is no threat to Foster's workload and he'll continue to be a three-down player. Look for a bounce-back season for the soon to be 28-year-old, but the days of Foster posting top-5 fantasy totals are over.
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2011 Draft Central
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Round 1, Pick 1
Positives Hard worker capable of playing through injuries. Offense is capable of a lot of scoring. PPR monster who will continue to get a lot of receptions. will be the main focus as RB again with Tate as a breather back only. Definitely a 3 down RB! Negatives Starting the season with a Hamstring pull. Houston is being very conservative with the recovery. Last year was his breakout year and some consider him a one hit wonder (I disagree). His total touches was approaching the magic 400 number that usually leads to a breakdown the following year. Draft Strategy Hammerhead shark 4 league PPR. I also considered Ray Rice & Chris Johnson. I am very concerned about the Ravens offensive line (center especially) and the hold out might get nasty with Johnson. So in my opinion Foster is the most likely to succeed. (Contributed by: Mad_Puppy)
Round 1, Pick 1
Positives Absolutely torched the league last season, finishing 90 points clear of the field. Plays on one of the most dangerous offenses in the league behind a crushing zone-blocking offensive line. Negatives Only one year of elite performance as a track record. Lost one of the best blocking fullbacks to free agency. Not as good of a football player as the primary alternative, Adrian Peterson. Draft Strategy This year it comes down to AF and AP for the first selection, with good arguments for either. I think Foster is the upside pick, and Peterson is the high floor guy. (Contributed by: Agenda42)
Round 1, Pick 1
Draft Strategy I had moved Ray Rice to my #1 until Ricky Williams showed up in Baltimore, hopefully Fosters hammy doesn't linger and has similar numbers as last year. (Contributed by: jerexter)