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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 Nov 28): Forte was held in check by the Patriots, but don't give up on him. Matchups against the Colts and 49ers the next two weeks should stay close enough to give Forte high volume against poor rushing defenses.

General News (Fri Dec 2): practiced fully on Friday.

General News (Thu Dec 1): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 13: vs Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Forte posted 13/27/0 rushing vs. New England last weekend, while Bilal Powell led the team with 8/36/0 rushing (and added three targets for 1/7/0 receiving) - neither guy set a fantasy owners' heart on fire with those numbers. Two games ago (vs. Los Angeles) Matt Forte made the most of 20 carries with 98 yards rushing (with three targets for 2/11/0 receiving), while Bilal Powell parlayed 4/37/0 rushing and seven targets for 7/52/1 receiving - this group has been up and down over the past couple of games. The Colts' rush defense currently ranks 23rd in the NFL averaging 116.3 yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out over 11 games. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Indianapolis averages 13.1 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fourth-least in the NFL). However, LeVeon Bell busted out for 23/120/1 rushing and five targets for 4/22/0 receiving at Indianapolis last weekend, more in line with their sub-par season average rather than their November efforts. This looks like a good matchup between two units that suffered a down week last Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIA 32 12 92 1 2 1 5 0 0 15.7
10 vs LA 34 20 98 0 3 2 11 0 0 10.9
12 vs NE 31 13 27 0 4 3 23 0 0 5
13 vs IND PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 2 * * * *
13 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 2 * * * *
13 vs IND PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs NE (13 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte didn't have any room to run against a resurgent New England front. Forte had a long run of six yards, which he bounced off right tackle. As a receiver, Forte was deployed as a check down option and had a long catch and run of 15 yards on a designed screen. New York's offensive line played without Nick Mangold, again. His presence and leadership is clearly missed.

2016 Week 10 vs LA (20 / 98 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

With Petty making his first career start, the onus was on Matt Forte to take pressure off - and he delivered. Each week, Forte has one or two long runs off-tackle that put his elite vision and elusiveness on full display. In the second quarter, Forte ran off left tackle for a 28-yard gain. Credit Ijalana, Carpenter, and Enunwa for great blocks on the left side, but also credit Forte's patience to set-up his blocks before exploding into the second level. Outside of this long run, Los Angeles did a nice job of limiting Forte to three or four yard gains. It was tough sledding in the second half when New York's offense failed to develop any rhythm and Los Angeles opted to stack box to make Petty beat them.

2016 Week 9 vs MIA (12 / 92 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Thanks to two poorly executed run blitzes, Matt Forte posted a solid afternoon behind an overmatched offensive line. Early in the second quarter, Miami called a run blitz, but New York's offensive line did a nice job of flushing the rushers down inside, opening a massive hole through the C-gap. Forte exploded through and rumbled 31 yards for a touchdown. Later in the second quarter, Miami called the same run blitz and Forte exploded through the same gap for a 32-yard gain. Credit the offensive line for opening holes, but also blame Miami's linebackers for poor gap discipline. Outside of these two long runs, Forte was largely contained. Forte was able to gain yardage when it was there, but more times than not, the offensive line had trouble winning their one-on-one assignments. The offense needs Nick Mangold and Ryan Clady, who both missed the game, to return as soon as possible.

2016 Week 8 vs CLE (25 / 82 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Another week, another big workload for the ageless Matt Forte. Playing against a Cleveland defense that has been gashed by opposing rushers, Forte was featured early and often, and cashed in two short, second half touchdown runs, one from 4-yards and one from 2-yards out. Playing without Nick Mangold for the second straight week, New York's offensive line played well, opening small creases that allowed Forte to glide through for three, four yard gains. Forte showed great patience against a vulnerable Cleveland front by allowing his offensive line to secure their blocks and setting up defenders for positive gains. Bilal Powell was mixed in throughout the game and ripped off one long 35-yard touchdown run. As a receiver, Forte had a long catch and run of 15 yards on a middle screen in the red zone. A few plays later, Forte punched it into the end zone.

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 | Full practice for Matt Forte (Fri Dec 2, 06:30 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 2.

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Jets | Matt Forte logs full practice (Thu Dec 1, 11:49 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Jets | Matt Forte goes nowhere (Mon Nov 28, 08:37 AM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte rushed 13 times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in the Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 27.

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Jets | Matt Forte likely will play in Week 12 (Fri Nov 25, 05:08 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 25, and is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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Jets | Matt Forte full go (Thu Nov 24, 05:42 PM) - New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) put in a full practice Thursday, Nov. 24.

Our View: The Patriots are going to force the Jets to throw, and try to pick off the generous Ryan Fitzpatrick. They'll do that by limiting Matt Forte on the ground, so we have him rated as a low-end RB2 this week and expect a lot of stacked fronts.
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