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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.
| 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.