Arian Foster visiting with back doctors, Ben Tate serves as valuable fantasy piece

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Arian Foster could sit out of the Texans' game in Arizona on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster missed Wednesday's practice to meet with back doctors.  The doctors will try to diagnose his injury and may give him a prognosis.

Foster suffered the injury on Sunday. This comes on the heels of a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice last week. Foster has also been dealing with a calf injury this season.

He's clearly banged up, and Ben Tate has a very good chance to start against the Cardinals. Tate does have four broken ribs, but he played through the injury on Sunday, totaling 81 yards on 22 carries.

Fantasy impact: Foster owners had better be sure they're going to have a backup plan for the late-afternoon start. While Tate didn't play well on Sunday, the workload of 22 carries bodes very well for his outlooks this week. He should feel better with another week off and there were no reports of anything going wrong after the game. If Foster is ruled out, Tate serves as a low-end RB1 in all fantasy leagues. Until then, he's more of an RB2.

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