Arian Foster

Fantasy Football: Chris Johnson is back

Hamstrings and hands will keep him a top pick

What is it with these AFC South running backs?

Is there one we can trust this year?

Tennessee's Chris Johnson ended his holdout by signing an extension with the Titans on Thursday.

Houston's Arian Foster is giving fantasy footballers everywhere heart palpitations after his Tweeting of an MRI of his right hamstring.

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Fantasy Football: Arian Foster hamstring tear or tweak?

How far does the Texans running back fall if he has a hamstring tear?
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Is there a more popular right hamstring in the world right now than that of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster?

Let's do a quick Google search...

Safe to say Foster, and the fate of his hamstring, means a lot more to people this time of year than the hamstring injuries of Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez, Texas Rangers players Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre or that of Northern Ireland striker Jamie Ward.

No, we are talking American football here. And with American football comes fantasy football.

Five NFL Teams That Improved and Five That Got Worse

Here's five NFL teams that will take a step forward this year, and five that will take a step back.
<p> Here's five NFL teams that will take a step forward this year, and five that will take a step back.</p>

By RALPH VACCHIANO

No one has ever won an NFL championship in the spring and summer, and no one has ever lost one either. That’s not for lack of trying, of course.

Just ask the “Dream Team” in Philadelphia, or any of the up-and-comers pumping up their chests and thinking about a Super Bowl run. There are probably 32 teams thinking that way at the moment, even though a few of them are clearly braced for a fall.

Fantasy Football: Who's Number 1?

Athlon Sports debates who you should take first overall in your fantasy football draft

Athlon Sports has made Houston Texans running back Arian Foster our No. 1 overall player. But it did not come without a healthy debate. Below the case is made for Foster being the consensus No. 1. We also make a case for the other four players who could be your league’s top pick, and there would be nothing wrong with that, either.

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Fantasy Football: Analyzing First-Round Running Backs

The pros and cons of the 10 players that are potential first-round RBs

Athlon Sports takes a look at the pros and cons of the 10 running backs that will come off of your fantasy football draft boards first during your 2011 drafts.

More on our top five backs.

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<p> Athlon Sports takes a look at the pros and cons of the 10 running backs that will come off of your fantasy football draft boards first during your 2011 drafts.</p>

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Fantasy Football: Repeating the Magic Season

How often do players like Arian Foster and Michael Vick repeat their massive outputs the next season?

Every once in a while there’s that player who has the “magic” season in fantasy football. But what does history say his next season will look like? Let’s take a look at those players over the five seasons prior to 2010 who led their positions and were at least 30 points ahead of their next-closest competitor in one season, and see how they fared the next season. A repeat is possible. However, it’s also worth noting that the two who did repeat their No. 1 ranking did not increase their points totals in doing so.

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<p> Every once in a while there’s that player who has the “magic” season in fantasy football. But what does history say his next season will look like? Let’s take a look at those players over the five seasons prior to 2010 who led their positions and were at least 30 points ahead of their next-closest competitor in one season, and see how they fared the next season.</p>
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Houston Texans 2011 NFL Team Preview

An in-depth look at the Texans' offense, defense and special teams this year.
<p> An in-depth look at the Houston Texans' offense, defense and special teams in 2011.</p>

Gary Kubiak is in select company. It is very rare that a head coach who has only one winning season and no playoff appearances on his résumé is asked to return for a sixth season. In fact, Bart Starr of the Packers (1975-83) is the only other coach since the NFL-AFL merger to be so fortunate.

Even Kubiak thought 2010 was a “playoffs or bust” season. He was given a reprieve and a new defensive coordinator. What can he do with them?

Fantasy Football: Breaking down the Houston Texans

Which Houston Texans are worth taking or skipping in your draft.

HOUSTON
• Inside the Locker Room

With Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle

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