Arian Foster looked great at the end of last season and was on many a fantasy players radar for the upcoming season, that is until the Texans picked Ben Tate in the second round. Of course now Foster is the main guy at OTAs since Tate is out with a hamstring injury and as long as he’s getting the work and is able to prove himself he’ll have a shot at starting. Add to all that Gary Kubiak’s propensity to handle his RBs like Charlie Sheen handles his love interests and it makes for a scary situation.
And here are some more scary situations —
Antonio Gates: His lingering foot injury is still lingering. This is somewhat troubling due to the fact that he has missed time before with foot ailments. He is a large man and 30 years old, which is 90 in football years (yes, Lord Favre is 120). I have never owned Gates in any league, but I know there are those among us who value their tight ends (I really should work out more). I think we need to know more before making any declarations in re-draft leagues, but if you are about to do a dynasty draft I would drop him a place or two.
Owen Daniels: In more tight end news, Daniels might not be ready for training camp with his third ACL tear. He will be an extremely high risk high reward fantasy player this season. If his injury risk drops his ADP, I will be happy to grab him and then take a late upside TE or in shallower leagues work the waiver wire if OD can’t stay healthy.
Marion Barber: The ever loquacious Jerry Jones made a point to give Barber praise after he had already hinted at Felix Jones taking the primary back duties. Jones is the better back now, but if Barber is fighting for a job and staying healthy he will get the goal line carries and will continue splitting carries. Add that to Jones’ injury history and he remains a risky pick.
LenDale White: All signs are pointing to White being the lead back in Seattle. That makes him rosterable, but there is absolutely no reason to reach for him. Justin Forsett is the better playmaker and will cut severely into his work. White will get goal line carries, but I am still worried about the Seahawks’ offense and the number of goal line looks he’ll actually get.
Michael Vick: He looks like he’s regained some of his speed and everyone seems to be giddy over him, including himself. I don’t see Vick ever being of any use as a fantasy QB again, but he could be a big downer to Kevin Kolb and his owners when the Eagles get into the red zone. If he has regained his speed I could see him being a potent weapon as long as he can rely on his legs instead of his arm.