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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 Oct 24): The Jets got back to basics, feeding Forte for 30 carries in a game they controlled in the second half against the Ravens. He should have a chance to get a huge workload again this week vs. Cleveland. Forte was also more involved as a receiver out of the backfield than he has been since his torrid start to the season.

General News (Fri Oct 28): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 27): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 26): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

All RB vs CLE

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matt Forte got a featured back's load against the Ravens last week, and he delivered bigtime with 30/100/1 rushing and four targets for 4/54/0 receiving to his credit. Bilal Powell, who had been eating into Forte's workload, was marginalized with 4/18/0 rushing and zero targets, while Robby Anderson handled 1/30/0 rushing and also had three targets for 3/41/0 receiving on the day. All told, the Jets posted 39/155/1 rushing vs. the Ravens - and took home a 24-16 victory. Cleveland's sad-sack rush defense turned in an abysmal outing at Cincinnati allowing 30/271/2 rushing on the day - Tennessee had 31/137/1 rushing vs. Cleveland two weeks ago. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Cleveland averages 25.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fourth-most in the NFL). To date they average 139.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with seven total scores given out. This is a great matchup for Forte and company. We'll see if the Jets keep feeding him the ball (as they should).

Recent Stats and Projections

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 57 30 100 1 4 4 54 1 1 26.4
8 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 2 * * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 22 * * 3 * * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 23 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs BAL (30 / 100 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)

After three straight weeks of tough showings, Matt Forte bounced back with a big effort against a tough Baltimore front. Operating in true work horse fashion as a runner and as a receiver, Forte grinded his way to 100 yards on 30 carries and caught four passes for 54 yards. New York's offensive line lost Nick Mangold early in the first quarter, but the unit was still able to open small creases against a tough front. Matt Forte scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing. Late in the second quarter, Forte scored untouched on a 13-yard screen pass in the middle of the field. Late in the third quarter, Forte rushed off right tackle for a 1-yard touchdown. The touchdown run occurred after a bizarre series of plays. Three plays before, Forte lost a fumble due to poor ball security, a Baltimore defender scooped it up, but fumbled it back to the Jets. Overall, Forte had a solid day producing yards against a tough run defense.

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 | Two key Jets players upgraded to full (Fri Oct 28, 04:04 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Brandon Marshall (foot) each practiced in full Friday, Oct. 28. Forte did not participate in practice the previous day, though he did manage to get in a limited session Wednesday, Oct. 26. Marshall sat out the first practice of the week before practicing on a limited basis Thursday, Oct. 27.

Our View: They are both must plays against the dream matchup of the Browns defense, but both will be sell highs after that with the state of the Jets quarterback position.

Jets | No practice for Matt Forte (Thu Oct 27, 05:59 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 27.

Our View: We are hoping this is just a rest day as we have high hopes for Forte this weekend. If he plays - and we hope he does - Forte should build off last week's work and produce some RB1 numbers.
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Jets | Matt Forte in line for bounce back (Thu Oct 27, 12:32 AM) - In Week 8, New York Jets RB Matt Forte will face a Cleveland Browns rush defense that ranks 31st in the NFL. The Browns have allowed 139.9 yards per game with seven rushing touchdowns. The Browns are also 29th in the league in pass defense, giving up 285.7 yards per game with 18 touchdowns.

Our View: Well, in order for this to happen, the Jets have to use him. They gave him 30 carries in the win over Baltimore, but will that be sustained? The last time he did that (Week 2) they throttled him all the way back and he saw 15 carries or left for four weeks straight. We're willing to risk it because the matchup is that good and the team will do what it can to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from himself, so we have Forte as a cautious RB1/RB2 play.
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Jets | Matt Forte listed as limited (Wed Oct 26, 06:04 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Our View: Forte should be good to go for Sunday's game. Against the Browns, Forte should perform like a RB1..and a top-10 RB at that.
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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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