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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 18): Forte is the lead back for the Jets. While that's not worth much, Forte is running well and his pass-catching ability is intact, so he could have fringe flex value going forward, including this week against the Dolphins.

Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The rebuilding Jets are rotating running back snaps among Matt Forte (62), Bilal Powell (48), and rookie Elijah McGuire (11). No one is standing out, but standing out is a tall order behind such a weak front line and in such constantly-awful game script. The trio is slamming into a stacked box on nearly every carry, so it's been impressive to see efficiency from Forte (4.60 yards per rush), and McGuire's Week 2 debut (6 rushes, 29 yards) brought a sliver of hope to an otherwise ugly loss. But while their efficiency numbers were solid, they were inconsequential in the blowout, which should be a Jets trend all season. As a result, it will be difficult to project them to usable fantasy statistics in virtually any matchup. Unless a featured back emerges at some point - McGuire, who holds all of the backfield's youth, seems the most likely by pure logic - we can't expect any rushing numbers to covet. The Dolphins effectively bottled up Melvin Gordon in Week 2 (9 rushes, 13 yards, 1 touchdown), but that probably doesn't tell us much about their run-stopping unit. Gordon's offensive line, rebuilding from one of the league's worst, is still understaffed and working to gel together; it was far from his first game of suboptimal efficiency. Miami's run defense remains a question mark at best following a rough 2016, in which only the 49ers allowed more yards per rush and 14 of 17 opponents topped 100 ground yards. The going got even tougher (and cloudier) prior to last week, when new strongside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, projected as the defense's run-stuffing anchor, went AWOL from the team due to mysterious personal matters. With former Saints flameout and new addition Stephone Anthony suddenly in the mix for heavy snaps, this looks like a unit to target on most weeks. Be advised, though, that they're adept at denying scoring opportunity on the goal line. Dating back to last year, they've allowed just 5 of their opponents' last 20 rushes from inside the 5-yard line to end in touchdowns.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at BUF 35 6 16 0 5 3 20 0 0 3.6
2 at OAK 27 9 53 0 4 4 38 0 0 9.1
3 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Jets | Matt Forte a bright spot (Sun Sep 17, 11:10 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte finished with nine carries for 53 yards and four catches for 38 yards in a 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.

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Jets | Matt Forte on track to play (Fri Sep 15, 05:45 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (abdomen, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 15, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

Jets | Matt Forte practices in full (Thu Sep 14, 03:44 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (abdomen, knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 14.

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Jets | Matt Forte takes part in practice (Wed Sep 13, 08:01 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (abdomen, knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Jets | Rushing game limited in Week 1 (Sun Sep 10, 06:55 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell and RB Matt Forte combined for just 38 yards Sunday, Sept. 10, in a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: The Jets running game is going to stay up on the blocks on the side of the road all season as they won't be competitive in most games this year. Powell has a little PPR value, but just a little as long as Forte is healthy.
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Schedule

3vs Miami Dolphins
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5@ Cleveland Browns
6vs New England Patriots
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Atlanta Falcons
9vs Buffalo Bills
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Carolina Panthers
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Denver Broncos
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Los Angeles Chargers
17@ New England Patriots