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Player Spotlight: Matt Forte

A detailed look at running back Matt Forte's role on his new team—the New York Jets—for the 2016 NFL season.

Despite his age, his injuries and taking on a new offensive scheme, Matt Forte has fallen into a situation which bodes well for his fantasy (and NFL) prospects. The Jets used Chris Ivory a lot over the last two years but he was a limited player compared to Forte.

A Versatility Upgrade

The Jets often subbed Ivory out on passing downs (and Bilal Powell in), so defenses had a head start in maneuvering towards the proper formation to slow or stop the Jets on offense. With Forte—who along with being a good runner is a very solid blocker in pass protection and can obviously catch the ball—the offense is the one with the advantage as they are not limited by the personnel they put on the field.

While there is some confusion about the quarterback position (and will be even if they knew for sure who would be under center), last season saw the Jets run the ball 386 times while passing it only 362 and that won’t change this season, though we might see an increase in passes to running backs since Forte is a much more accomplished pass-catcher than Chris Ivory.


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