Who Is the Texans Running Back to Own in Fantasy?

Alfred Blue will likely be Houston's main RB for the rest of the season. (Getty)

Alfred Blue will likely be Houston’s main RB for the rest of the season. (Getty)

It happened again. Arian Foster is down.

After working tirelessly to return to the field after a preseason groin injury, Arian Foster was carted off the field Sunday against the Dolphins and diagnosed with an Achilles injury. Foster, who had 115 total yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, went down clutching his left ankle after trying to run a route in the fourth quarter. If the diagnosis is correct, he will definitely miss the remainder of the season.

Foster’s absence once again leaves a hole in the Texans’ offense. The Texans have more pass attempts than any other team, but still need an effective running back to balance the offense and catch short passes. In the past that role has belonged to Alfred Blue, but Chris Polk has been gaining momentum in the Houston backfield.

Neither Polk nor Blue have the ability to replace Foster. But each does something the Texans like, giving each opportunities to make plays. The Texans see Blue as more of an every-down back, while they like what Polk can do catching passes out of the backfield.

If you;re going to add a Texan to your fantasy team, make it Alfred Blue. He’s had sustained periods of success, and the Texans trust him with a full game’s workload. Blue only lost out on touches to Polk once this season, when he had 14 carries to Polk’s five. The next week, Blue had a breakout performance against Tampa Bay to secure his job as the backup back.