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.
Thu, Jul 21st 8:08am EDT
By Alexander Onushco
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.