Matt Forte had an unbelievable rookie season, compiling 1,715 total yards (1,238 rushing) and 12 tocuhdowns (eight rushing).
Jay Cutler was brought in to keep defenses from stuffing the box. Forte was going in the top five of fantasy drafts. Then 2009 happened.
It wasn’t an utter failure, as he piled up 1,400 total yards (929 rushing) and 4 touchdowns, but a far cry from his brilliant rookie season and fantasy owners' expectations.
He failed to top 70 rushing yards in 11 games last year. He had 62 or fewer total yards, without a touchdown, I might add, in four of his first six games.
Imagine getting 6.2 or fewer points from your No. 1 pick four out of six times to start the year. He killed fantasy owners.
That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise why his ADP, according to Mock Draft Central, sits at 44 (22nd running back).
Forte ripped off an 89-yard touchdown run on his way to 109 yards on five carries. Clearly the burst that seemed to be missing is back.
While Chester Taylor’s arrival may hurt him in the passing game, and subsequently knock his PPR value down a bit, Forte could be better served by having fresh legs down the stretch.
That could be important because the Bears play in Buffalo, Green Bay, and four times in Chicago from Week Nine (Nov. 7) on. With those potential bad-weather games, Forte could be very busy as the season winds down. Having somewhat fresh legs will go a long way.
If you aren’t able to draft Forte, you may be able to get him early in the season as he plays the Cowboys, Packers, and Giants in Weeks 2-4. If he struggles early, he could become an excellent buy-low candidate.
What are your thoughts on Matt Forte?
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