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Foster fully expected to play, but faces difficult matchup with Kansas City
Arian Foster, C.J. Spiller and Zac Stacy are all listed on their respective team’s injury report for Week 7, but are expected to play. Here’s the latest on their situations and what their fantasy owners should expect from them today.
Arian Foster and Ben Tate, RBs, Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
Foster keeps adding to his list of ailments, as the Texans’ workhorse did not practice on Thursday because of a hamstring injury. However, the official injury report lists him with a thumb injury and Probable to face Kansas City. So while the hamstring may not appear to be a big deal, the matchup with the Chiefs is another matter entirely. KC has the No. 1 DST in fantasy and the Texans are starting Case Keenum in place of Matt Schaub at quarterback. Foster is sure to get plenty of touches and he’s coming off of 198 total yards against the Rams, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t put up RB1 numbers today. His backup, Ben Tate, is still dealing with an elbow injury, but he too is Probable and should be out there. Tate’s bigger problem is that he has struggled lately, losing a fumble in Week 4 and 5 and picking up a total of 12 yards on 10 carries last week, although he did have a touchdown. The Texans figure to run the ball plenty with Keenum making his first career start against a nasty Chiefs pass rush and secondary, but Tate may not even see enough touches, because of his ball-security issues and recent lack of production, to enter into the flex discussion this week.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Despite being listed as Questionable last week, Spiller (right) suited up against the Bengals and finished with 55 yards on 10 carries. He is Probable for today’s game against Miami and head coach Doug Marrone on Friday said Spiller will be on the field. So while Spiller’s ankle should be even closer to 100 percent this week, it doesn’t change the fact that he has been splitting carries with Fred Jackson. If the ankle is getting better, the big-play potential should be a factor against the Dolphins, but that also could be what it takes to get Spiller to RB1 production this week rather than RB2/flex.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers
After averaging 78 yards rushing over the past two games, it looks like Stacy will get the majority of the carries for the Rams from here out. Stacy has also showed some of his toughness, as he has played last week with a chest/ribs injury. The injury still shows up on the team’s report, but Stacy practiced fully both Thursday and Friday and is Probable to face the Panthers. Carolina is fourth in the NFL in rushing defense, so this could be a tough matchup for the Rams’ rookie, but with Benny Cunningham already ruled out because of an ankle injury, Stacy shouldn’t have much competition for carries. Stacy is averaging nearly five yards per carry over the last two games, so even with him going up against the Panthers DST, he should still be able to gain enough yards to merit RB3/flex consideration.
Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
McGahee was held out of practice some this week, but the team said it was to allow him to rest his surgically repaired right knee. He is Probable for today’s game, but let’s not forget he will turn 32 on Monday and joined the Browns after the start of the season. He’s never been the model of health during his career, and hasn’t exactly torn it up on the field since his return. He’s averaging 2.8 yards per carry and his longest run has been 16 yards. Green Bay is third in the NFL in rushing defense, so if you own McGahee or are thinking of picking him up, I hope you set your expectations no higher than RB3/flex.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Bell has a rib injury that is not believed to be serious or a long-term thing. It has limited him practice, however, which is why he’s Questionable this week. The bigger issue with Bell, however, is how he has not been nearly as involved in the Lions’ offense since Reggie Bush’s return from a knee injury. Through the first four games, Bell was averaging 10 rushing attempts and about five receptions per game. In his last two he has run the ball a total of 12 times and caught just five passes. Once a legitimate every-week flex option, Bell now is probably more of a matchup or bye-week fill-in candidate.