Alfred Blue, Chris Polk's Post-Preseason Week 1 Fantasy Advice

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2015

Houston Texans' Alfred Blue (28) rushes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
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The Houston Texans are moving forward without Arian Foster, who is recovering from groin surgery. In the meantime, they'll search for a running back to replace him with while fantasy owners look for the next best option with Foster off the board. 

Houston and fantasy owners' two options, Alfred Blue and Chris Polk, showed what they were capable of in their first preseason game Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers. 

Here is a look at their stats:

RusherAttemptsYardsAverageLong
Alfred Blue9596.632
Chris Polk10292.96
ESPN.com

Blue had the better night Saturday and, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, he can be a solid option in the backfield for Houston:

Although he'll be seeing a bulk of the ball in the regular season, ESPN Fantasy Football projections are "still not crazy about him. He runs heavy-footed, upright and void of much power despite his 6-foot-2, 223-pound frame." He's projected to put up 81.2 points in 2015.

But Blue has shown flashes of No. 1 capabilities, like with his 156 rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns last season. 

If Foster misses anywhere between six to eight games due to his surgery, Blue could see well over 100 touches and more than 500 yards. Playing in 10-12 team leagues, Blue is a viable option as a late pick. 

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His counterpart, Polk, who is competing with Blue for touches, did not help his cause Saturday, averaging just 2.9 yards per attempt in 10 carries. But he was a solid target coming out of the backfield with three receptions for 36 yards. 

A double-threat out of the backfield like Polk could also be an attractive selection in deeper leagues. He's a hard runner who will see the ball during Foster's hiatus, but he will need to show he can be a more effective runner during the preseason to get more playing time. 

ESPN Fantasy Football has Polk projected to earn 73.2 points, gain over 500 yards and score three touchdowns.

If he can get that rushing average to around 4.0 yards per attempt, he will be a nice lower-round pick in your fantasy draft.