Matt Forte

Matt Forte

New York Jets

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The New York Post's Brian Costello reports the Jets will give Matt Forte "plenty of rest" this season. (Source: New York Post )

Fantasy Impact: According to a similar report from ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets plan to use a "time-share system." Clearly, the Jets want to keep Forte fresh. This is not good for Forte's fantasy value as he's being drafted as a top-15 running back. There is a good chance he doesn't live up to that draft cost.

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Brian Costello of the New York Post believes that the Jets' signing of running back Matt Forte is similar to when they signed LaDanian Tomlinson in 2010. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: In both instances, the team is trying squeeze out the last bit of juice from aging running backs. If Forte reached the same production LT did in his first year with the Jets (1,274 all-purpose yards, six touchdowns) it would be a major victory. However, he has to battle Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson for snaps, so it remains to be seen just how heavy his workload will be. For now, he is a solid RB2.


ESPN writer Rich Cimini reports that the New York Jets will look to split carries between veteran RB Matt Forte and RB Bilal Powell. Forte has been a bell-cow back for most of his career, but is going into his ninth season. The Jets will look to keep Forte fresh by platooning him with Powell. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The days of drafting Matt Forte in the first round appear to be over, however, Forte still has plenty of value, especially in PPR leagues. Currently, Forte’s ADP is at 34 and Powell’s is at 159. An ADP at 34 is decent value for Forte, but 159 is tremendous value for Powell. Powell, like Forte, is a good receiver out of the backfield and should provide value in PPR leagues. I would definitely recommend all Forte owners to pick up Powell as a handcuff.

Category: Rumors


Yahoo! Sports | Jul 21st
Seemingly landed in a nice spot as the head of the Jets backfield, but the team also loves backup Bilal Powell, and this could likely be a smaller platoon advantage for old man Forte than initially expected
FantasyPros | Jul 18th
Even at 29 years old, Matt Forte averaged 13.1 fantasy points per game in 2015, which would have been good for over 200 fantasy points if he had been healthy all season. 200 is the milestone for an elite running back. Now, he is in a better offense and shouldn't be splitting carries with a dynamic young talent like last season.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 28th
Despite missing 3 games, Forte still had 1,287 yards from scrimmage and scored seven touchdowns. He will be a New York Jet, turns 30-years old and has over 2,000 career carries, but he has also been healthy most of his career. I am not crazy about his age and wear and tear and I'm even less crazy about the quarterback situation in New York.
WalterFootball | Jun 15th
Forte looked good last season, and I could easily see him having another good fantasy year at 30 years old with his new team, The New York Jets. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey had a great season last year, turning Ryan Fitzpatrick into a competent quarterback. His offense should easily incorporate Forte's skill-set, which includes receiving ability. Last season the Jets ranked 10th in the league with 125 targets for running backs and that was with stone-hands Chris Ivory as the lead back. I expect Forte to put up good all-around numbers this season, but they will be hedged by Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson. His value is much higher in PPR leagues.