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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 Sep 26): Forte ran well and did everything he could in an absolute disaster for the Jets offense at Kansas City. At least he didn't get 30ish touches as the Jets established an unsustainable pace for Forte in the first two games. He's still one of the few running backs to return a profit on draft investment so far.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs CIN 54 22 96 0 7 5 59 0 0 15.5
2 at BUF 61 30 100 3 3 2 9 0 0 28.9
3 at KC 41 15 65 0 4 2 -1 0 0 6.4
4 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 3 * * * *
4 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 21 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs KC (15 / 65 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)

Despite poor play from his quarterback, Matt Forte played well. Forte found open creases in Kansas City's front seven, sliding through holes for first downs, and displayed his overall playmaking prowess throughout this game. Play calling was an issue in the red zone as Chan Gailey called pass plays over giving the ball to Forte. Fitzpatrick threw three back-breaking end zone interceptions, negating any momentum that Forte had generated between the 20s. Overall, the offense struggled, but Forte was able to make plays when giving the opportunity to do so.

2016 Week 2 vs BUF (30 / 100 / 3 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

'Workmanlike' is the best way to describe Forte's performance against Buffalo. Forte totted the ball an-NFL high 30 times and saw all of the red zone work. After failing to score on his lone goal line carry against Cincinnati, Forte converted touchdown runs of 1-yard, 3 yards, and 12 yards out. On each of his short yardage touchdown plunges, Forte showed patience and elite vision by spotting small cracks in Buffalo's front before gliding into the end zone. Credit Buffalo's run defense for limiting him to just 100 yards on a voluminous workload, but Forte was more than happy to take 3-to-4 yards on each carry to position the offense in manageable third down situations. On the injury front, Forte lost starting left guard, James Carpenter to a lower leg injury in the first half and his backup, Wesley Johnson struggled early on. Carpenter has played extremely well and was regularly seen mauling opposing defenders down field, so his loss stymied Forte's cutback opportunities until Johnson became acclimated to the calls. Once Johnson became acclaimed into the game flow, cut back lanes re-appeared for Forte. Carpenter's status should be monitored in the coming days.

2016 Week 1 vs CIN (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Different team, same workhorse role. New York utilized Matt Forte in the same workhorse role that fans were accustomed to seeing him play in Chicago. During the pre-season, many thought that Forte would share snaps with Bilal Powell, but Powell used sparingly on third downs. Forte was unsuccessful on his lone goal line tote, but his ability to rack up yards as a rusher and receiver between the 20s remains elite. Forte had a long catch and run of 24 yards on a designed screen pass where he set up his blocks and accelerated into the open field. Forte was New York's leading receiver, but that's not a great indicator for Chan Gailey's fast paced offense.

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Latest News

Jets | Matt Forte crashes back to Earth (Mon Sep 26, 12:01 AM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte rushed 15 times for 65 yards in the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he had two grabs for minus-1 yard. However, he was held out of the end zone after piling up three scores last week.

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Jets | Matt Forte's early workload not a concern (Sat Sep 24, 12:32 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte is on pace for 472 touches this season, but head coach Todd Bowles is not among those worried about his 30-year-old holding up for the entire season.

Our View: Bowles perhaps should be worried...and savvy fantasy owners should hold onto Bilal Powell tightly. If anything happens to Forte, Powell would take over with a huge workload and RB1 upside.
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Jets | Matt Forte takes part in practice (Fri Sep 23, 05:07 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

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Jets | Matt Forte practices in full Thursday (Thu Sep 22, 06:43 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) practiced in full Thursday, September 22.

Our View: Forte may not score three TDs this week like he did in Week 2, but with all these RB injuries he's still a RB1. Plug and play if you've got him.

Jets | OC not worried about Matt Forte's workload (Thu Sep 22, 01:21 PM) - New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said it is too early in the season for the team to start monitoring RB Matt Forte's touches.

Our View: The Jets will ride him hard for a while and see how he does. Expect to see more of Bilal Powell around midseason, and keep plugging Forte into your lineups in the meantime. He's an RB1 right now, so you might as well enjoy it as the Jets use him early and often.
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Schedule

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5@ Pittsburgh Steelers
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9@ Miami Dolphins
10vs Los Angeles Rams
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs New England Patriots
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14@ San Francisco 49ers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
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