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Texans Fantasy Impact: Ward joins Foster-Slaton Committee

Running back Arian Foster owners and scouts took a big hit Friday when the Texans announced they will be drafting recent free agent back Derrick Ward.  Ward’s resume is impressive, serving as 1,000 yard rusher as Wind for the Giants’ successful Earth, Wind and Fire committee.  He could serve very useful in a reserve role for the Texans, especially early as the Texans wait on Slaton and Johnson’s toe injuries.

Fantasy Outlook:  Ward will most likely be thrown in as the immediate backup to Arian Foster.  If he can regain his “Wind” presence, expect him to make an impact on the Texans run game and also put a dent in Arian Foster’s chance at a single back running back situation. Slaton and Johnson’s toe injuries will clear up early, and Slaton will quickly make an impact on third downs and passing situations.  Johnson should go undrafted and Slaton may be a mid to late round pick in some leagues (if they’re not autodrafts).  Foster was known to Tennessee Volunteer fans as Arian “Fumbling” Foster and he’s only really played in three NFL games.  Expect him to be good for 900 rushing yard and 4 TDs and 250-yards receiving and 4 TDs.  Foster’s good for a 5th round pick if you’re on the bandwagon.

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