Fantasy Future Rankings: Week 12

Why Matt Forte and Bobby Rainey are solid bets going forward

Updated: November 21, 2013, 10:04 AM ET
By Field Yates and numberFire | ESPN Insider

Matt ForteAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMatt Forte has finally lived up to expectations as a top fantasy running back.

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is receiving praise for his ability to tutor and maximize the talents of quarterbacks in Chicago, led by regular starter Jay Cutler and injury fill-in Josh McCown.

The praise is well-deserved, but to pigeonhole Trestman as simply a quarterback guru would be an oversight, as he has spearheaded the effort to turn Chicago's entire offense around, as is evidenced by their third-ranked scoring output of nearly 29 points per game.

Running back Matt Forte has been remarkable, leading the team in rushing and chipping in 49 receptions as well, tied for the second most among NFL running backs. But while Forte has been a mainstay on the fantasy radar for several seasons, perhaps few think of him in the same vein as the game's elite fantasy options, such as Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and Marshawn Lynch.

But according to numberFire, Forte is tied (with Jamaal Charles) for the greatest TPS for the remainder of the season among all players, which is to say his value above the replacement level player at his position is superior to anyone else.

That's right, no player has as much value as Forte and Charles for the final six weeks of the season, not even Lynch and LeSean McCoy, the two top fantasy scorers among running backs thus far this season.

Establishing Forte as one of the best running backs is an easy argument to make; the production doesn't lie. But to say he's the best running back going forward might catch some people off guard. Let's quickly assess his merits versus the other four top running backs thus far this season.


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Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.