Matt Forte

Matt Forte

Height: 6' 2"Weight: 218 lbsAge: 32College: TulaneDrafted: #44 (2nd Rd.)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
2nd easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #109
Best / Worst #56 / #171
ADP #105


Matt Forte to be Jets' lead back?

New York Jets beat writer Connor Hughes believes running back Matt Forte will be the team's "offensive workhorse" in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

With the Jets heading into a rebuilding year in 2017 -- they moved on from a plethora of players over the age of 30 this offseason -- it comes to a surprise that Hughes believes Forte will lead their backfield. Throughout the offseason, most experts, including myself, think Bilal Powell will continue to lead the duo in touches and total yards as he had at the tail end of the 2016 campaign. From a fantasy football perspective, Powell has been the first Jets' rusher coming off the board in mock drafts, while Forte is going a handful of rounds later. However, even if Forte opens the upcoming season as the starter, I'd still expect Powell to supersede him sooner rather than later.

Matt Forte, Bilal Powell to split carries in 2017?

New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton told the media the team is planning on employing a "backfield by committee" approach to their ground game in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

Morton's remarks suggest that Bilal Powell and Matt Forte will split carries throughout the 2017 season. Although Forte opened the 2016 campaign as the starter, Powell garnered the bulk of the touches as the year progressed. I'd expect that trend to continue this year. Target Powell well ahead of Forte in fantasy football drafts, more so in the mid-rounds.

Matt Forte to remain with Jets

New York Jets beat writer Rich Cimini believes the New York Jets will retain running back Matt Forte for the 2017 season. "Forte is staying," Cimini said via his personal Twitter account while responding to a fan's question.

Fantasy Impact

Forte, 31, will likely remain with the Jets next season, according to Cimini. The dual-threat running back played in 14 games in 2016 while totaling 1,076 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite his age, he is expected to retain the starting job in New York's backfield. However, he'll continue to cede touches to Bilal Powell as he did last season.

Matt Forte RULED OUT Week 17

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (knee) is officially ruled out for Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

Forte will not play in the season finale Sunday against the Bills due to a lingering knee injury. Bilal Powell, who is dealing with injuries of his own that include an illness and a knee, will attempt to play and garner the bulk of the workload in the starter's absence. However, it will likely be Brandon Wilds, a UDFA, who receives the majority of the touches at running back if Powell is unable to go.

Matt Forte INACTIVE Week 16

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (knee) is officially inactive for Week 16.

Fantasy Impact

As expected, Forte will not play Saturday versus New England as he is dealing with a knee injury. Bilal Powell will start in his absence. Powell is in the upper tiered RB2 conversation - especially in PPR formats - for Week 16.