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RB Matt Forte - New York Jets

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

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Forte has been missing practices for two weeks with a hamstring issue.


Matt Forte was supposed to be an upgrade over Chris Ivory, but instead he ran for less yards (813 compared to Ivory's 1070), barely topped him in receiving yards (263 compared to 217) and played one less game. In fact, it was his worst year of production for his career in nearly every statistical category. So things, clearly didn't go the way the Jets or Forte had hoped they would. Will that change this year? It's hard to see room for improvement, as Bilal Powell looked good enough to take on a larger share of the lead role. Powell had a higher yards per carry average, ran for more yards, was targeted on more passes and had more receptions than Forte did, which was not expected. All this points to the fact that Forte's best days are clearly in the past, and that makes him unreliable on a week to week basis. He also hasn't played a complete season since 2014, which will only make it harder for him to produce consistently. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 37, 22, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35, 36, 36, 40, 41, 41, 48, 53
Overall Redraft - 87, 48, 55
RB Redraft PPR - 37, 22, 24, 27, 29, 29, 30, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 36, 38, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53
Overall Redraft PPR - 101, 55
RB Dynasty - 57, 47, 56, 58, 60, 63, 65

Stats and Projections

2014 CHI 16 266 1038 6 130 102 808 4 2
2015 CHI 13 218 898 4 58 44 389 3 1
2016 NYJ 14 218 813 7 43 30 263 1 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 165 * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 140 * * 32 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 170 * * 42 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 168 * * 24 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 107
RB: 39
Overall-PPR: 112
RB-PPR: 42

New York Jets Team Links

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Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 2
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The Decade's Most Consistent Fantasy Running Backs
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  Evan Silva - August 2
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  Doug Orth - August 1

Latest News

Jets | Bilal Powell to suit up Saturday (Fri Aug 18, 01:20 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) expected to play against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Aug. 19, while RB Matt Forte (hamstring) will not.

Our View: Forte's hamstring could give Powell the starting job to open the season. Powell was a solid to strong RB1 when Forte was a non-factor last year, but that was on a Jets team that didn't seem to be playing for next year already.
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Jets | Matt Forte won't play Saturday (Thu Aug 17, 03:03 PM) - New York Jets WRB Matt Forte (hamstring) will not practice Thursday, Aug. 17, and will not be playing in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19.

Our View: Maybe they're just preserving Forte for the season, but we're wondering if this is truly going to be Bilal Powell's year to shine. Currently going off the board as the No. 25 back in drafts, Powell is a nice dual threat who can run the rock as well as catch it.
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Jets | Matt Forte remains limited (Wed Aug 16, 06:58 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) was limited to individual drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, and is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 19.

Our View: There's no need to get Forte out there when he's not at full strength. The seasoned veteran doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason. Forte is backing up Bilal Powell but will earn snaps in a RBBC. Forte is RB49 (11.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Jets | Bilal Powell, Matt Forte limited (Mon Aug 14, 06:30 PM) - New York Jets RBs Bilal Powell (neck) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) were limited to positional drills during practice Monday, Aug. 14.

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Jets | Bilal Powell, Matt Forte unlikely to play (Wed Aug 9, 06:57 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, and are not expected to play in the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 12.

Our View: Rookie Elijah McGuire will get a ton of work and chance to show what he has for the future, as Forte and Powell are at or past their peak and don't fit in the long term plans of a rebuilding team.
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