Foster carted off the field: It’s not the news fantasy owners wanted to hear — Arian Foster left Texans practice Tuesday with an apparent calf strain. The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be serious. The better news involves memories of two seasons ago, when Foster sat out multiple games with an “anti-awesome” hamstring injury, but still finished fourth among fantasy running backs. This shouldn’t knock him off his perch as one of the top two backs in fantasy football. However, it means Ben Tate is likely to see a lot more carries during OTAs.
Hopkins catching on in Houston: When the Texans drafted wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the expectation was that he’d be able to compete for a starting job immediately. It appears the team is getting its wish. Hopkins appears to be on track to line up as the No. 2 wide receiver, across from Andre Johnson when the season opens. While Tavon Austin is considered a potential rookie breakout candidate, Hopkins has a better supporting cast around him and should definitely be on the list of first-year wideouts that fantasy owners consider on draft day.
Flynn is Raiders starting QB: An NFL team has named Matt Flynn its starting quarterback for the season. All the while a rookie is reportedly challenging to earn the top spot on the roster. However, things appear to be different this season. This is Oakland, not Seattle … and there’s no Russell Wilson anywhere to be found. For all intents and purposes, this is Flynn’s job to lose. Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson will have to do some big things in the preseason to unseat the veteran.
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