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I'm sure Matt Forte is a swell guy. Heck, he probably even helps little old ladies cross the street. But as a running back, and in particular as a fantasy football option, I don't like Matt Forte.
As I chronicled earlier this season, Forte has never, for an entire season, averaged over 3.9 yards per carry and the 2010 season does not appear to be any different.
In Forte's rookie year he rushed for 1238 yards and eight touchdowns, both impressive statistics but each easily masked his sub par 3.9 yards per carry.
In 2009, during which time the Chicago Bears said Forte was hampered by a knee injury, Forte managed only 3.6 yards per carry.
Which leads us to the 2010 season, during which Forte has averaged only 3.9 yards per carry once again.
The 2010 season should be particularly concerning for fantasy owners because Forte has been inconsistent at best, and downright putrid at worst.
Only once this season has Forte managed to break the 50 yard plateau on the ground. Finding a way to put up at least 51 yards on the ground every week is kind of what we expect out of an NFL running back.
The most worrisome statistics are what follows. 53 percent of Forte's total rushing yards for the year came in one game in Week 5, and 56 percent of Forte's total receiving yards came in one game in Week 1. To make matters worse, 33 percent of Forte's total receiving yards came on one play.
You can draw your own conclusions from the information presented. But if I were a Forte owner, I'd be looking in to less volitale options.