Matt Forte Fantasy News

Jets Beat: Bilal Powell 'will become the lead back'

Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:21am

Rich Cimini, ESPN - [Full Article]

I think there will be a shift from last season, which is to say Bilal Powell will become the lead back.

Powell rushed for 411 yards over the final four games, third in the NFL, opening a lot of eyes around the league -- and probably some on his own coaching staff. Curiously, he was an afterthought at the start of the year as Matt Forte was used as the workhorse, but Powell -- perhaps because his legs were fresh -- came on strong when Forte went down with a knee injury.

Forte finished with more offensive touches than Powell -- 248 to 189 -- but Powell was on the field more than Forte -- 51 percent to 47 percent.

Look for the "touches" to flip in the coming season, with Powell moving ahead.

Fantasy Impact:

Powell was the #32 RB through Week 13, before he took over as the lead back, so he should have flex value even if Cimini's prediction doesn't come true. In the final four games, he averaged 23.7 fantasy points (PPR) and was second only to LeVeon Bell at his position. Powell is currently the 30th RB off the board, so there's quite a bit of value here.

Jets RB Matt Forte has knee surgery, expected to be OK by spring

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:22pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Jets running back Matt Forte had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, coach Todd Bowles said. Doctors performed the scope to repair Forte's ailing right knee, which had a torn meniscus.

Forte said earlier this season he had been playing the majority of the year with the injury. Eventually, the pain became too much. The Jets put Forte on the season-ending injured reserve late last week.

Fantasy Impact:

Bowles indicated Forte should be healthy come spring, when the Jets begin their offseason conditioning program. The team doesn't have an official timetable yet, though.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. Forte has a shoulder injury in addition to the knee injury that limited him in Week 15. It looks like Bilal Powell will carry the load this week.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) missed practice again Thursday. Forte has a shoulder injury in addition to the knee injury that limited him in Week 15. It looks like Bilal Powell will carry the load this week. He’s a solid RB2 against the Patriots.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Forte has a shoulder injury in addition to the knee injury that limited him in Week 15. It looks like Bilal Powell will carry the load this week.

Jets RB Matt Forte ACTIVE Saturday night

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:23pm

Jets Inactives
Mike Catapano OLB
Christian Hackenberg QB
Jalin Marshall WR
Lorenzo Mauldin OLB
Steve McLendon DT
Khiry Robinson RB
Buster Skrine CB

Related players Matt Forte, Bilal Powell

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Forte is active despite a torn meniscus. Bilal Powell should still be a solid play but this probably means the Jets won't solely rely on Powell.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Forte was feeling “cracking and popping” in his knee. He told beat writer Rich Cimini that an MRI revealed a torn meniscus and suspects that he’s been playing with it for a while. We’re planning on Bilal Powell carrying the load in Week 15. Powell is a quality player and is worth a maximum waiver wire bid for owners in need of a running back. HC Todd Bowles said that Forte will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game, but we’re not holding our breath. Even if he does play, Cimini expects Powell to get “most of the work.”

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Forte was feeling “cracking and popping” in his knee. He told beat writer Rich Cimini that an MRI revealed a torn meniscus and suspects that he’s been playing with it for a while. We’re planning on Bilal Powell carrying the load in Week 15. Powell is a quality player and is worth a maximum waiver wire bid for owners in need of a running back. HC Todd Bowles said that Forte will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game, but don’t hold your breath.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Forte was feeling “cracking and popping” in his knee. He told beat writer Rich Cimini that an MRI revealed a torn meniscus and suspects that he’s been playing with it for a while. We’re planning on Bilal Powell carrying the load in Week 15. Powell is a quality player and is worth a maximum waiver wire bid for owners in need of a running back. HC Todd Bowles said that Forte will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game, but we’re not holding our breath.

Jets RB Matt Forte to get MRI on knee

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets RB Matt Forte will have an MRI on his knee. He said it was hyperextended.

Fantasy Impact:

The piece added Forte doesn't think there's ligament damage, but there's "cracking and popping" in his knee. Bilal Powell may be a nice pickup this week as the Jets have no reason not to take it easy with Forte.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, foot) took full practice reps again Friday. Forte should be fine for a fantastic matchup against the 49ers.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Forte should be fine for a fantastic matchup against the 49ers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Forte should be fine for a fantastic matchup against the 49ers.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) took full practice reps again Friday.

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