The announcement hasn't been made official, but ESPN and other media outlets are reporting Texans running back Arian Foster will be out today against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury.
Obviously, as a top-three pick in most drafts, this a huge blow for fantasy owners, but it's the right decision by the Texans. They don't want this issue to linger throughout the season.
The news vaults Foster's replacement, Ben Tate, into starter territory. The Colts are a bad rush defense to begin with, so Tate can safely be played as a flex running back. (Derrick Ward will start for Houston, but I think Tate will see more of the work.)
In the same game, it sounds as if Colts receiver Austin Collie will be able to play with his foot injury (which, by the way, was suffered from a burn during acupuncture. For real.) Of course, without Peyton Manning in the lineup (you knew that, right?) Collie's value goes down considerably. He's nothing more than a third receiver with Kerry Collins throwing the passes.
For some options to replace Manning, here's my column from Football Friday.
Let's take a quick spin around the league to address a few other issues:
- Reggie Bush isn't a fantasy favorite of mine, but he has better value this week because rookie Daniel Thomas is likely to be out. The Dolphins don't play until tomorrow night, so Thomas has more time to heal, but Bush will get the bulk of the work either way.
- Matt Cassel's rib injury, to me, sounds more troubling than the Chiefs are leading you to believe. One good hit from Marcell Dareus and Cassel could be headed to the sideline. I'd sit him this week. Also for K.C., I like receiver Steve Breaston as a sleeper this year, but he's got a nagging hamstring injury that concerns me today. I'd sit him as well.
- Don't start Vikings receiver Sidney Rice. He's going to be out of his 4 p.m. game with San Francisco because of a shoulder injury.
- Redskins tight end Chris Cooley was limited in practice all week and is questionable. It doesn't sound like he'll be anywhere close to 100 percent. Sit him.
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