Matt Forte, RB Chicago Bears

2015 Strength of Schedule - CHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

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Ravens 'expected' to draft a running back

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:52am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

If they can bring back Justin Forsett, the Ravens are expected to pair him with a young running back. They met with Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), David Johnson (Northern Iowa) and Duke Johnson (Miami) at the NFL scouting combine.

"He doesn’t have the wear and tear, and Justin did a very good job of coming in, competing and then being our bell cow," GM Ozzie Newsome said. "We would like to retain Justin, but I’ve learned something since the end of the season about Justin that I didn’t really know. He has mentored some very good, young backs, starting with Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew when he was in Jacksonville.

"Having Justin here, and with the opportunity also bringing in hopefully another young running back, to have Justin be around that guy would be an asset also. So, we will work to try to retain Justin.”

Fantasy Impact:

Under OC Marc Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore. If the Ravens draft a running back early, it would certainly damper Forsett's outlook in 2015.

Scouting Report

Matt Forte - Week 17 vs. Minnesota

Matt Forte isn't having a career year in rushing, but he's having one of the best receiving seasons by a back in NFL history. In fact, he's just eight receptions short of the NFL single-season record for receptions by a running back (101). He's also just 13 rushing yards shy of 1,000 and could join an exclusive club. If he gets 1,000 rushing yards and 100 catches he'll be the second player in NFL history (LaDainian Tomlinson is the first) to reach those milestones in a single season.

In short, Forte is a baller. He'll have a good chance at reaching those milestones this week against the Minnesota Vikings. The last time he played Minnesota he finished with 175 total yards. The Vikings have been very favorable to backs this season.

Forte is a must-start option.

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