Ranks reactions: What to make of Matt Forte
November, 3, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
I'm all for playing the matchups, and I saw our Week 9 projections on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, but I just couldn't go so far as to make him one of the top three scorers of the week at his position in my rankings. I mean, do you feel comfortable making a running back with precisely one game of more than 50 rushing yards a sure-fire play?
Forte is ninth in standard running back scoring for the season, thanks nearly as much for his work as a receiver out of the backfield than for what he does the conventional way as a runner, though I still feel like he's an all-or-nothing proposition. In Weeks 1 and 5, against the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers, he's accrued 60 fantasy points, split equally. In the other five games, he has 32 points. Sure, he and the Bears get to face the winless Buffalo Bills this week, so I understand why most people expect the "all" part when it comes to fantasy scoring. The Bills have allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs, but I can't say that alone makes me so excited about Forte. He scares me because of the offense around him.
AP Photo/David DrapkinMatt Forte has a favorable matchup, but he's scored 60 of his 92 fantasy points in just two games this year and has three games where he's scored five or fewer fantasy points.