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RB Justin Forsett - Baltimore Ravens

5-8, 194Born: 10-14-1985College: CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): The Ravens still weren't playing from ahead, but they fed Forsett and the offensive line finally started opening holes for him. A long rest week plus a matchup against the porous Browns run defense should equal another great week for Forsett.

Week 5: vs Cleveland Browns

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Justin Forsett looked like a lead running back during Week Four, with 27/150/0 rushing to his credit (the first time this year he's come even close to going over 100 yards rushing) - his owners did do without the four receptions per game that he'd racked up in Weeks One-Three, though. Lorenzo Taliaferro (3/13/0 rushing and 1/11/0 receiving) and Javorius Allen (5/19/0 rushing) chipped in around the edges for the Ravens last week. Oakland ran over this group for 30/155/1 two weeks ago, while last week San Diego posted 21/91/0 on the ground during a wild see-saw game against Cleveland. After 1/4 of the season the Browns rank 31st in the NFL averaging 141.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out. This is a great matchup for Forsett, and with injuries riddling the wide receivers and tight ends right now, the Ravens figure to ride their running backs in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DEN 42 14 43 0 7 4 13 0 0 5.6
2 at OAK 42 15 68 0 4 4 12 0 0 8
3 vs CIN 61 10 13 0 7 4 16 0 0 2.9
4 at PIT 62 27 150 0 1 0 0 0 0 15
5 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 4 * * * *
5 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 3 * * * *
5 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs PIT (27 / 150 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Justin Forsett rounded back into 2014 form against the Steelers. The Ravens offensive line looked cohesive and powerful on zone running plays. The running game and Forsett reaped the rewards exploiting cut back lanes and finding open field. The Ravens offense can only go as far as the run game can take them and it became apparent throughout the game. Early down pass plays rarely yielded yardage and left the Ravens unable to utilize their most effective weapon because of down and distances. On the Ravens second possession Forsett was featured and produced. Forsett gained 10, 11, and 11 on three consecutive carries before taking a breather. Besides the scoring drive, the run game was limited by turnovers and miscues in the pass game. Forsett gouged the Steelers up the middle behind Marshal Yanda going untouched for 33 yards. As the Steelers defense wore down in the 4th Forsett was able to spring into the open field with ease. He followed Zuttah and Yanda through the second level and sprinted down the sideline for 22 yards. Expect a steady diet of Forsett against the Browns next week.

2015 Week 3 vs CIN (10 / 13 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)

Justin Forsett found no room to run against the Bengals front. Jeremy Zuttah and Kelechi Osemele struggled mightily against the interior of the Bengals defensive line. Geno Atkins had his way with Zuttah in the run game and they were unable to move Domata Peko at all. Forsett was unable to get past the second level all game. The Ravens run game does not appear to be using the same outside zone scheme that was so effective last year. Forsett is not finding the same cutback lanes and open field he did last year to maximize his speed and quickness. Instead he is being used more on interior runs as a battering ram. There is no reason to think Forsett will lose the starting role as he remains the best pass protector and pass catching option the Ravens have at tailback. One can hope that the return of a healthy Eugene Monroe will bode well for the run game.

2015 Week 2 vs OAK (15 / 68 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

Forsett took a 3rd-and-15 draw deep in his own territory for 16-yards and a first down. It was a nifty run and he showed off the quickness and foot speed that makes him so dangerous. It was a surprisingly quiet performance for Foresett as the Ravens just didn't run the ball much. With Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken and Crockett Gilmore creating separation against the Raiders' poor defensive backs, the Ravens also didn't need to use their backs heavily in the passing game. Forsett played well and got his fair share of red zone snaps, so he should bounce back in future games when the Ravens WRs and TEs face tougher matchups.

2015 Week 1 vs DEN (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)

Justin Forsett showed a willingness to run through traffic between the tackles, but found space hard to come by against a swarming Denver front seven. With defenders taking up residence in the backfield, Forsett couldn't get anything going on Sunday. With Flacco under constant pressure, Forsett was a frequent outlet for the Ravens, tying for the team lead with seven targets and four receptions. Unfortunately, most of those targets were desperation plays that went nowhere, amounting to just 13 yards. While the quality of defense explained a lot of his struggles, it was troubling that Forsett couldn't force a single broken tackle or make something happen for a team that was desperate for any kind of offensive spark.


Latest News

Ravens | Prime matchup for Justin Forsett (Fri Oct 9, 07:31 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett had 119 yards the last time he faced the Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore has averaged 144 yards rushing against Cleveland since John Harbaugh has been their coach. The Browns have allowed the second-most rushing yards in the NFL in the last 10 years.

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Ravens | Justin Forsett primed for big game (Thu Oct 8, 11:07 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett faces the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, and the Browns have allowed a league-high 556 rushing yards in 2015.

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Ravens | Justin Forsett could be busy (Sat Oct 3, 10:05 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett carried the ball a season-high 26 times in Week 4, and the Ravens ran the ball 19 times and threw the ball 15 times after WR Steve Smith (back) exited with a back injury.

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Ravens | Justin Forsett runs for 150 yards (Fri Oct 2, 12:49 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett had 27 carries for 150 yards in a 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4.

Our View: The Ravens offensive line finally had a good performance in the running game, as Forsett often wasn't touched until he was five yards downfield. He'll be a great start against the Browns next week.
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Ravens | Rough start for Justin Forsett (Tue Sep 29, 08:45 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett is only averaging 3.2 yards per carry so far this year, down 2.2 yards per carry from last year (5.4).

Our View: We love Forsett's natural ability, but things just aren't working out so far in 2015. The new Marc Trestman offense should have been a better fit for a guy like Forsett, but we haven't even seen him used as a receiver that much. After three weeks, Forsett sits with the 31st-most fantasy points of any running back in PPR leagues. Most thought he'd be at least in the top-12. We'll see if Baltimore can figure out what's wrong with their rushing attack and start winning again. Against the "beaded curtain" Steelers defense in Week 4, both things could happen.
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