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|It has taken a while but it is now time to consider Forte as a top 10 running back in the league and a consistent top 10 fantasy option at the position. While Forte isnít amongst the flashiest players at his position, he is a solid running back adept at running outside or up the middle as well as being one of the top pass catching backs in the league. In four years, he has topped 1,000 rushing yards twice, came up 71 shorts despite playing through injuries in 2009 and missed by one yard last season despite missing four full games and part of another. In addition, he has topped 50 receptions every season while averaging 498 receiving yards a year. Forte was racking up yards at an incredible clip last year, averaging a league-leading 134.2 yards from scrimmage over the first eleven games before suffering a knee sprain in Week 13 that caused him to miss the rest of the season. He rates just below the top fantasy options at running back and given the question marks surrounding several players in the second tier, you could make a strong argument that he is the top rated second tier fantasy running back. Feel comfortable making Forte the 4th or 5th running back off the board in your draft or auction.
| Bilal Powell absent from practice Thursday -- Thu Dec 29 1:15 pm --|
Brandon Marshall, Robby Anderson miss too
|Brandon Marshall, Bilal Powell, Robby Anderson, Matt Forte, Steve McLendon among today's DNPs. (Jets on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Powell's absence is said to be related to an illness meaning the only healthy RB is Brandon Burks. If Powell, doesn't play the running back position for the Jets will be one to avoid. This team is a mess with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the call at quarterback against the Bills.
| Matt Forte doubtful, knee shoulder injuries -- Fri Dec 23 2:00 pm --|
Bilal Powell, great play in Week 16
|New York Jets running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the New England Patriots on Saturday because of knee and shoulder injuries. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: With Forte out, Bilal Powell becomes an easy RB1 even against the Patriots given the amount of volume he should see. Powell has racked up 61 touches in the last two weeks.