Matt Forte Fantasy Football News 2017

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for Sunday's game against the Patriots. It's especially noteworthy with RB Bilal Powell iffy with his calf injury. The Week 6 fantasy outlook for the Jets backfield is completely up in the air right now. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He didn’t practice all week and has no timetable for return. Bilal Powell gets another game as the lead back, making him a rock-solid RB2 in fantasy lineups. RB Elijah McGuire could be a bye-week spot-starter in deeper leagues after tallying 12 touches last week.

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) did not practice on Wednesday. He's dealing with turf toe and has no timetable for return. With Forte sidelined last weekend, RB Bilal Powell played 66% of the offensive snaps and handled 25 touches.

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He didn’t practice all week and might miss multiple games. Forte’s absence leaves Bilal Powell as New York’s clear lead back. He produced like a RB1 with significant workloads last year and is worth getting into Week 4 lineups as a borderline RB2.

Jets RB Matt Forte confirmed that he's dealing with turf toe on his left foot. That's been the thought since we learned x-rays ruled out a broken bone. Forte also revealed that he had the same issue as a rookie back in 2008. That injury didn't cost him any games. This one is expected to. Turf toe has a tendency to linger -- and it's a bigger concern for a 31-year-old RB whose body has already shown signs of breaking down.

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) is "likely out" for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport labels Forte "week-to-week," so he might miss more than just 1 game. His absence will leave the backfield to Bilal Powell and Eliijah McGuire. Powell is the preferred fantasy play but isn't more than a RB3 or flex after averaging just 2.6 yards per carry over the first 3 weeks.

X-rays on Jets RB Matt Forte's injured toe came back negative, HC Todd Bowles said Monday. That's good news, but a sprain of ligaments (i.e. turf toe) could still cost Forte time. We'll need to keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

3:09pm EDT 9/24/17

Jets RB Matt Forte injured his toe in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against Miami and is questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one. Toe injuries tend to be extremely tricky for skill-position guys.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Jets have "gauged [the] trade market" for RB Matt Forte. It sure seemed like the Jets were showcasing him when they played him for the first 27 snaps of last weekend's preseason game. The problem, of course, is that Forte is a declining 31-year-old with a guaranteed $4 million 2017 salary. We doubt the Jets find a taker. We'll see if they opt to release him. That'd obviously be excellent news for RB Bilal Powell.

Jets RB Matt Forte put in a full practice Tuesday for the 1st time since suffering a Grade 1 hamstring injury back on July 31, according to NJ.com. Forte said he hopes to play in the team's Saturday night preseason clash with the Giants, though he conceded that will be up to HC Todd Bowles. The fact that it's a Grade 1 strain increases the likelihood that the team held Forte out this long in the name of playing it safe.

Jets HC Todd Bowles "wouldn't say definitively" that RB Matt Forte (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Forte has missed the majority of training camp. We weren't sure whether that was due to veteran deference or a legit injury. It sounds like the latter. Forte turns 32 in December, has piled up over 2,200 NFL carries and missed 5 games over the past 2 seasons. The only thing saving his fantasy stock his cheap, 11th-round ADP. Bilal Powell remains the Jets RB to own in fantasy -- and is a nice value at his 7th-round price tag.

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) didn't practice on Thursday and won't play in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Manish Mehta. Forte missed a week with the hammy early in training camp, and it sounds like he's been on and off the field since. It's not a good look for a 31-year-old back who's missed 5 games over the past 2 seasons. Bilal Powell is the Jets RBs to target in fantasy drafts.

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. He ended up missing exactly a week, which is no big deal for a veteran. We'll be monitoring Forte closely over the next few weeks, though, as a 31-year-old who's missed 5 games over the last 2 seasons.

The Jets have placed WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) on IR, ending his 2017 season. We still don't know much about the neck injury that he dealt with this spring and evidently aggravated on Sunday. Enunwa leaves behind inarguably the worst WR corps in the league. Robby Anderson is the best guess to lead the group in targets -- only because the rest of the group reads: Marquess Wilson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake. We'll see who emerges from the ragtag bunch, but Jets WRs won't be a source of much fantasy goodness this season. Enunwa's injury does boost the target projections for RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte -- as well as sleeper TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said Monday afternoon that Enunwa has a bulging disk in his neck and is expected to be out 6-9 months. It's a big blow to a guy who's set to hit free agency next offseason.

Jets RB Matt Forte tweaked his hamstring and was held out of team drills on Monday. Forte might not miss much time, but the injury is noteworthy for a 31-year-old who’s struggled with durability in recent years. We continue to prefer Bilal Powell in this Jets backfield.

Jets RB Matt Forte said he expects new OC John Morton to increase his 3rd-down usage, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. ESPN Stats counted just 43 third-down snaps for Forte last year, compared with 169 for Bilal Powell. That's an odd breakdown for a back who averaged 4.1 receptions per game across 8 Bears seasons. And it played a big part in halving Forte's rate to 2.1 catches per contest with the Jets. He still beat Powell by 2.1 yards per reception. Forte mentioned the possibility of playing him and Powell at the same time, and he has lined up at WR spots many times in his career. The Jets, of course, could use all the reliable offensive pieces they can find. More passing-situation usage would obviously help Forte's PPR outlook. We'll see if it's expected to come at Powell's expense.

The Jets grabbed Lousiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past 3 seasons and totaled 130 grabs over his 4-year college career. McGuire has enough size at 5'10, 214 pounds but struggled to a 19th percentile SPARQ score. He's a developmental prospect for a Jets team with older RBs in Matt Forte (31 years old) and Bilal Powell (28).

The Jets have hired John Morton as their OC. The 47-year-old has spent the past 6 seasons as a WRs coach -- 4 in San Francisco and 2 in New Orleans. His only experience calling plays came at USC in 2009 and 2010. Those squads, piloted by Matt Barkley, ranked 55th and 26th, respectively, in yards per game. This is a wholly uninspiring hire by the Jets.

Jets RB Matt Forte underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to repair his torn meniscus, HC Todd Bowles said. We don't have a rehab timetable, but any surgery for a 31-year-old RB in a major concern. Forte will need to hold off RB Bilal Powell for the lead job this summer.

9:01pm EST 12/30/16

The Jets on Friday placed RB Matt Forte on IR. He has been playing through a meniscus tear in his right knee and is also dealing with a shoulder issue. He had already been ruled out, so this step doesn't change anything in the Jets' backfield outlook for Sunday.

 
 
 

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