"Game time decision" may be the worst three words fantasy football owners can hear.
Both players are still struggling with hamstring injuries and both are listed as questionable, and both should not be started this week.
Arian Foster's more-than-capable backup, Ben Tate, has given Texans' coach Gary Kubiak no reason to push his star running back back onto the field and into action where he could re-injure himself and go from being day-to-day to out for the season. Tate, who's actually third in rushing in the league (it seems like you can put anyone back there and they'll rush for 100 yards and a score every game).
Arian was in a much better situation last week (Kubiak had planned on getting him 20 touches) only to have h is hamstring flare up again in the second quarter. In stepped Ben Tate and the rest is history. It looks even worse for Foster this week, so it makes sense to bench him and hope the Texans do the same. Bite the bullet and hope Foster can get back to 100% next week and through the rest of the season.
Arian Foster Prediction for Week 3: 0 carries, 0 yards
Ben Tate Prediction for Week 3: 22 carries, 123 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions, 8 yards
Beanie is a similar story. He's going against a tough Seahawks defense this week and was already a questionable play at best. Add in his hamstring issue, and you're better off playing Joseph Addai.
Beanie also has a sketchy history of being able to play through injury (whether that's a fair reputation or not, I don't know), but I'm not willing to put him in my lineup and hope he comes through. I'd rather get a sure-fire 5 points than no points at all.
The other problem is that Beanie is playing in the afternoon game, so you'll probably have to make your lineup decisions before you know if he will be playing or riding the pine. I'm guessing he'll give it a go (he probably wants to do something about his reputation of being soft), but he won't be able to get much done. Sadly, neither will Chester Taylor or LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Beanie Wells prediction for Week 3: 5 carries, 12 yards, 0 catches, 0 receiving yards
Chester Taylor prediction for Week 3: 13 carries, 54 yards, 2 receptions, 11 yards
Check out our complete week 3 waiver wire.
By Pete Thomas