Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. HC Bill O’Brien labeled him “doubtful” on Friday, though. Look for Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman to handle backfield duties again for Houston.
Texans RB Alfred Blue returned to practice Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering a high ankle sprain in late August. He put in a limited workout, but the Houston Chronicle reports that Blue expects to play Sunday at New England. He's not a fantasy notable himself, but Blue's situation will be worth watching for anyone getting excited about Texans rooke RB D'Onta Foreman after his 12-carry Week 2. Blue, of course, served as Lamar Miller's primary backup last season and is in his 4th year with the team.
Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Rookie D’Onta Foreman figures to serve as the #2 RB, but Lamar Miller will dominate backfield work.
Texans RB Alfred Blue suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Aaron Wilson. "Hope is he'll be able to return soon," Wilson adds. High-ankle sprains are usually 4+ week injuries, so we're marking Blue down as doubtful for Week 1. He had been running as Houston's #2 RB, but this injury opens the door for rookie D'Onta Foreman.
Texans rookie RB D'Onta Foreman flashed in Saturday night's preseason game against the Patriots with a 63-yard catch-and-run and a 4-yard TD plunge. The reception came on a short slant route from a slot position and displayed Foreman's mix of power, jukes and then speed. Later in the game, he plowed through a pair of defenders to push in the TD run around the edge. It's certainly worth noting that Foreman's 1st touch didn't come until Houston's 1st possession of the 2nd half, after Lamar Miller, Tyler Ervin and Alfred Blue had all spent time in the backfield. But after the big rookie delivered plays of 40+ yards in each of his 1st 2 outings, it's hard to imagine Houston just burying him on the sideline in the regular season. The crowded depth chart makes Foreman risky above the late rounds of your fantasy football draft. But there's significant upside in the event of a Miller injury.
Texans RB D'Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Foreman's attorney has since disputed the charges, claiming the pot wasn't Foreman's and the handgun was registered. We'll see where this goes, but it's obviously not a good look for the rookie. Foreman is set to battle Alfred Blue this summer for the backup job behind Lamar Miller.
Texas RB D’Onta Foreman was selected by the Texans in the 3rd round of the draft. After spending his first 2 years in Austin as a backup, Foreman exploded in 2016. He carried 323 times for 2,028 yards (6.3 YPC) and 15 scores. No one averaged more than his 184.4 yards per game. Foreman’s efforts earned him the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top RB. A stress fracture in his foot prevented him from working out at the Combine, but the 6’0, 233-pounder reportedly clocked a 4.45-second 40 time at his Pro Day. That’d give him the class’ 2nd-best Speed Score, behind only Leonard Fournette. Foreman’s tape didn’t blow us away, though, and he caught just 7 passes in last year’s workhorse campaign. He’ll battle for the backup job behind Lamar Miller and is unlikely to threaten for the starting job anytime soon. Miller is just 26 and signed through 2019. Foreman is strictly and draft-and-stash dynasty pick.
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