Fantasy Football Week 2 Injury Report: Arian Foster Will Disappoint in Return

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

HOUSTON - AUGUST 20:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans breaks loose on a 28 yard run against the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Arian Foster fantasy owners rejoiced this week at the news that their fantasy stud was going to be back on the field this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed his star running back's return in a story on "He looks ready to play," Kubiak said after practice Friday. "He's had a good week. I think he'll be fine. As long as there's no setbacks he's ready to go."

It's always exciting to have the star of your fantasy team back in action, but those owners should temper their expectations for Foster in his first week back.

Being that this was his second hamstring injury since the start of training camp, head coach Gary Kubiak won't be overly eager to throw Foster into the deep end right off the bat.

Hamstring injuries like the one Foster had have a way of lingering over the course of an entire season. The last thing the Texans want to do is push him too hard in his return and end up with him missing even more time.

Given how well the Texans played without him in Week 1, they may not need him to play. Ben Tate filled in admirably last week with 24 rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Ward will also likely be back on the field after suffering an ankle injury in last week's game.

It wouldn't surprise me at all to see those three split carries evenly in Week 2.

If you own Foster in your fantasy league, start him without hesitation. You drafted him highly for a reason and he has the skill to bring you points even on just a handful of carries.

Just be prepared for him to underwhelm in his first game back. It's all for the better, though. A seldom-used Foster this week will make for a much more effective Foster later in the season for the Texans and his fantasy owners.