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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 (Tue Oct 18): The swirl down the drain continues for Forte's value. He's not on the field often on passing downs, and the Jets just don't seem equipped to give him the favorable game scripts he saw the first two weeks of the season. He's just bye/injury depth right now.

General News (Fri Oct 21): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 20): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Jets' backs were ineffective on Monday Night Football, with 9/19/0 rushing and three targets for 1/3/0 receiving for Matt Forte, and 3/10/0 rushing with four targets for 3/12/0 receiving flowing to Bilal Powell. Of course, the Jets only scored three points all night, which limited the opportunities for everyone on the offense from a fantasy perspective. One interesting item to note - Powell was on the field much more (39 snaps for Powell, 21 for Forte) than Forte at Arizona, and we may be seeing a changing of the guard there - at least, it looks like the Jets are moving to a full-blown committee between Forte and Powell. We'll see if the offense can regroup at home. The Ravens' rush defense allowed a mere 17/38/0 rushing to the Giants' running backs last week, and Washington managed 20/60/0 rushing at Baltimore two games ago - they have been shutting down opposing backs in October, folks. From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), Baltimore averages 10 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (second-least in the NFL). They are now first in the NFL averaging just 69.7 rushing yards allowed per game, with only two rushing scores handed over to date. Even though Terrell Suggs tore a biceps last week and may not play in this game (or any other this season), the Ravens' rush defense is still formidable in this phase of the game. This is a bad matchup for the grounded Jets' backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at KC 41 15 65 0 4 2 -1 0 0 6.4
4 vs SEA 34 14 27 0 3 2 16 0 0 4.3
5 at PIT 37 12 53 0 2 2 7 0 0 6
6 at ARI 0 9 19 0 3 1 3 0 0 2.2
7 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs ARI (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Another bad effort by the offense resulted in another dismal showing by Forte. Given the shortcomings of the passing game, Forte did not find much room to run. Arizona opted to load the box and shadow Brandon Marshall with Patrick Peterson, allowing additional defenders to key Forte. Add in the fact that New York's offense line was overmatched by Arizona's talented defense unit and it made life even more difficult for Forte.

2016 Week 5 vs PIT (12 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

For the second straight week, Matt Forte was largely contained. Forte ripped a 28-yard gain off of right tackle, but otherwise took short two-to-three yard gains. With New York facing a negative game script, Forte was replaced by Powell on passing downs. Powell was able to make plays underneath. Forte has thrived in positive game situations, but when New York faces a big deficit, Powell plays more snaps. Nick Mangold left the game with a knee injury, so his status is worth watching over the next week.

2016 Week 4 vs SEA (14 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was completely shut down by Seattle's front seven. Seattle's game plan revolved around taking Forte out of the game and forcing Fitzpatrick to beat them. That game plan was executed successfully as Forte failed to rip off any big runs and did not find any running room. Bilal Powell was given more pass catching opportunities on third downs, which was expected after Forte's first few weeks of massive utilization.

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.


Latest News

Jets | Matt Forte scores two touchdowns (Sun Oct 23, 06:08 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. He also caught four passes for 54 yards and one touchdown during the game.

Our View: Forte barely had a fantasy pulse going into this game, but came out of it ready to rampage over the Browns in Week 8. The Ravens had been a tough run defense, but Forte wore them down with volume and with more involvement as a receiver out of the backfield than we've seen since his hot start.
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Jets | Another full practice for Matt Forte (Fri Oct 21, 03:22 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was able to get in another full practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 21.

Jets | Matt Forte practices in full (Thu Oct 20, 03:37 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 20.

Our View: His knee may be OK but his value is wonky as heck. The Jets seem to be splitting carries but not running enough overall and barely using Forte in the pass game. Add in Geno Smith and Forte has an element of risk to him. He's a low-end RB2 this week, and we're a bit concerned about the overall Jets situation as this team looks on the verge of complete collapse.
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Jets | Matt Forte a limited participant (Wed Oct 19, 05:57 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Our View: It's been all downhill since that Buffalo game, right? Forte has fallen out of favor with his fantasy owners, and right now we can only recommend him as a RB2/flex play.
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Jets | Matt Forte doesn't play the bulk (Tue Oct 18, 10:27 AM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte played 21 snaps in Week 6 for 39 percent of the offense.

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