| Running Back, New York Jets
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|Draft: 2008 Round 2 (13)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 218 DOB: 1985-12-10 Age: 30
|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.
| Forte to play this weekend barring setback -- Wed Aug 24 4:30 pm --|
|Bowles says he hopes Forte plays against #Giants, as long as there aren't any setbacks. (Dennis Waszak, Jr. via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The New York Jets' backfield looks like an inevitable RBBC with Matt Forte already showing signs of fragility. Forte's availability for Week 1 looks brighter, however, the uncertainty revolving his workload makes him a risky running back option to project this year. His floor is lower than other RB3s making him slightly over-valued as a top 20 rusher at his current ADP.
| Matt Forte expected to miss preseason opener -- Thu Aug 4 4:40 pm --|
|HC Todd Bowles says "it's safe to say" that Matt Forte (hamstring) will miss the first preseason game (against the Jaguars) next week. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Every indication out of Jets' camp has this being a minor injury. Look for Forte to be rested throughout the preseason and to start Week 1, while Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson work in tandem. Powell was reportedly splitting carries with Forte almost equally in camp before the injury, so owners need to prepare for the real possibility that Forte is being overdrafted in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Powell could be a steal in the 10th.
|Forte to get "plenty of rest" in 2016 -- Thu Jul 21 7:35 pm --|
Expected to serve as lead back in three-man rotation
|The Jets see Matt Forte as their lead back, replacing Chris Ivory, but he is going to get plenty of rest in a rotation that includes Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson. The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire.
Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong. Chan Gailey will come up with plenty of creative ways to get Forte the ball. Gailey loves to throw to running backs, and Forte is as good as it gets in that department. (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: Forte's ADP is at in the mid-to-late third round, so owners have already accounted for the likelihood Forte shows his age or shares too many touches. His ability to contribute in the passing game should allow him to remain very relevant, however, so owners should be able to expect RB2 numbers in PPR leagues barring injury. Powell should be considered Forte's handcuff and a player owners target in the middle-to-late rounds.
|"Major touches" for Bilal Powell? -- Thu Jul 7 6:15 pm --|
Jets went 1-4 without him last season
|The Jets let Bilal Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency. His ability to stick with the Jets through three general managers and four offensive coordinators shows how valued he is. It will be interesting to see how OC Chan Gailey divides up the carries between Powell and Matt Forte, as they have similar skill sets, so this could be a trickier division of labor for Gailey (than it was for a more physical runner like former teammate Chris Ivory). You can count on Powell getting major touches this season, though. Gailey will figure out a way. (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: Both backs signed for three years this offseason, with Forte inking a $12 M deal ($8 M guaranteed) and Powell signing for #11.25 M ($6 M), so the Jets appear to view the two players similarly at this point of their careers. Powell is unlikely to see "major touches" in the eyes of owners, but 100 is certainly a reasonable expectation. Between Powell stealing some catches and Khiry Robinson possibly taking the goal-line work, Forte owners might want to view him as a mid-RB2 at best.
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