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RB Matt Forte - New York Jets

6-1, 217Born: 12-10-1985College: TulaneDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Forte's knee issue will keep him from being a true lead back for the rest of the year, but a couple of week's rest might bring him back to goal line and top receiving back status. We'll know whether he's worth owning based on whether he practices this week.

General News (Thu Nov 23): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

All RB vs CAR

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Jets simply can't string together consecutive weeks of solid production. In fact, on the whole, this has been a relatively weak statistical unit for much of 2017. Bilai Powell and Elijah McGuire erupted back in Week 4, and Powell and Matt Forte eviscerated the Bills 2 weeks ago, but things have been quiet otherwise. As a team they've topped 100 yards just 2 other times, and not once since Week 3. They've been decently efficient, with the trio averaging 4.20 yards per attempt on the year, but game flow tends to snuff out their better days. With Forte out indefinitely, Powell and McGuire split the load fairly evenly, and both are difficult to trust in fantasy. The Panthers continue to field one of the NFL's elite run defenses. They shut down the point of attack with their stout interior line, led by All-Pro tackle Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, and they pursue as well as anyone with stud linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Through 10 games, only 1 opponent - New Orleans in a Week 3 blowout - has topped 101 yards against them, and on the whole they're allowing the league's third-fewest yards and second-fewest touchdowns per game. It's hard to project any running game to much success against them, and the Jets' muddied, limited attack doesn't inspire much fear.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs ATL 29 4 7 0 7 6 45 0 0 5.2
9 vs BUF 32 14 77 2 4 4 19 0 0 21.6
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs BUF (14 / 77 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Matt Forte, who has publicly criticized the play calling against Atlanta, was fed and cashed in on his opportunities. Forte did some tough running and was rewarded with his first two touchdown plunges of the season. In the third quarter, Forte ran off right tackle for a 10-yard touchdown and in the fourth quarter, cashed in on a 5-yard touchdown. Forte ran through poor arm tackles before lunging into the end zone. New York's rushing attack compiled 194 yards against a punch less Buffalo run defense, so Forte and his backfield counterparts walked away very happy.

2017 Week 8 vs ATL (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte and Bilal Powell split snaps, but Powell received more touches. Once again, Forte was more effective as a receiver. The elder running back was split out of the formation and was deployed on designed screen passes. Forte had a long catch-and-run of 12 yards in the fourth quarter

2017 Week 7 vs MIA (7 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game, but the two backfield mates virtually split touches. Forte saw more work as a receiver and made one big play on third down. In the first quarter, Forte picked up a first down on a 3rd-and-18 play by weaving through defenders and running through arm tackles. Forte relies more on his vision and footwork rather than speed at this point in his career, but the team replied on him to pick-up key yardage.

2017 Week 6 vs NE (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 59 / 0 rec)

After missing the last two games, Forte returned and split reps with Elijah McGuire. Forte didn't find much running room, but as a receiver, he took advantage of zone looks and designed screen passes. Forte, who missed tie with a turf toe, did not look explosive, but rather used deception and guile to make defenders miss.

2017 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte suffered a toe injury in the third quarter and did not return. Prior to the injury, Forte was New York's featured runner, but did not have a lot of success. His injury status is worth watching.

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game, but Forte received the most touches. As a runner, Forte displayed patience and toughness, allowing his blocks to set-up before accelerating into the second level. Forte had a long run of 16 yards in the second half, running off left guard before cutting and exploding into the second level. Forte was New York's second leading receiver, serving as a safety blanket for McCown. Powell and rookie, Elijah McGuire were mixed in throughout the game, but Forte was the effective runner on the day.

2017 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Alike the team's third pre-season game, Matt Forte functioned as the team starter, but is not the team's best running back. Back-field mate, Bilal Powell didn't see his first touch until 4:00 minutes before halftime, leaving many to question the decision making on Morton. The Jets trailed for the entire game, reducing Forte's role to check downs and occasional runs. Forte was able to pick-up what was blocked, but he doesn't possess any big-play explosiveness anymore. Forte asked Morton for a larger role in the passing game, and he got it, but also dropped two easy passes that would resulted in first downs on catches and runs.


Latest News

Jets | Matt Forte doesn't practice (Thu Nov 23, 04:10 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was not able to practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: We aren't expecting him to play this week, and the backfield carries will be split between Bilal Powell and Eliah McGuire. Neither is a good option this week against Carolina and should produce no more than RB4 numbers.
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Jets | Matt Forte does not practice (Wed Nov 22, 06:19 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: Forte is not trending in the right direction. The Jets are likely to go with Bilal Powell and Eli McGuire in a RBBC against the Panthers on Sunday.
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Jets | Wednesday's practice report for NYJ (Wed Nov 22, 06:19 PM) - New York Jets OT Kelvin Beachum (rest), RB Matt Forte (knee) and CB Rashard Robinson (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. CB Morris Claiborne (foot), S Rontez Miles (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (foot) and OG Brian Winters (abdomen) were limited in practice. WR Robby Anderson (ankle), S Terrence Brooks (hamstring), CB Juston Burris (hip), OG James Carpenter (knee), LB Bruce Carter (neck), OL Jonotthan Harrison (hand), OT Ben Ijalana (knee), DL Steve McLendon (hamstring), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder) and WR ArDarius Stewart (groin) were able to practice in full.

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Jets | Matt Forte a no-go Wednesday (Wed Nov 22, 01:34 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: The Jets are at home to take on the Panthers on Sunday. Check back to see if Forte can practice later in the week. Missing a Wednesday practice isn't a big deal if he gets onto the field on Friday. If Forte can't play, the Jets will go with a RBBC featuring Bilal Powell and Eli McGuire. Stay tuned.

Jets | Week 10 inactives for NYJ (Sun Nov 12, 11:38 AM) - The New York Jets have declared DL David Bass, RB Matt Forte, DE Obum Gwacham, QB Christian Hackenberg, C Jonotthan Harrison, CB Derrick Jones, CB Robert Nelson inactive for Week 10.

Our View: Bilal Powell gets the start for Forte and should be in your lineups.

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