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Matt Forte | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  12/10/1985
Age:  36
Height  6'2"
Weight:   218
College:  Tulane
Drafted:  2008 | Round 2 | Pick 44
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Matt Forte | Retired RB


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Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte has announced his retirement from the NFL after ten seasons.

Forte put out a very nice statement to Sports Spectrum in which he thanked God, his family, the Bears and Jets organizations, and the fans. During his ten NFL seasons, Forte rushed for 1,000 yards five times, and he had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his first nine seasons. Forte's career numbers are 2,356 carries, 9,796 rushing yards, 54 rushing touchdowns, 554 receptions, 4,672 receiving yards, and 21 receiving touchdowns. Forte is second all-time behind only the great Walter Payton on the Bears' all-time rushing list, and he was one of the NFL's most underrated players during his career—and less importantly, a great player to have on fantasy football teams. At the very least, Forte will get serious consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his outstanding career. It appears he won't have any issues transitioning to the next part of his life, but we wish Forte luck.

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Matt Forte (knee) has been placed on injured reserve; won't play in Week 17.

The veteran running back battled through knee issues for pretty much all season, appearing in 12 games. This is the first season of Forte's career that he didn't hit 1,000 yards from scrimmage, and it's also the first time he didn't reach at least 800 yards rushing. Forte had 103 attempts for 381 rushing yards and rushing touchdowns along with 37 receptions for 293 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. He's entering the final year of his contract in 2018, but it's possible the Jets decide to part ways if they revamp the running back position (perhaps they'll target Penn State's Saquon Barkley in the draft).

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) is officially questionable for Week 17.

The veteran running back has continued to play on Sundays despite barely getting any practice time during the week, and this should be no different. Check back at 11:30 AM ET on Sunday to make sure Forte is active against New England.

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Matt Forte gets nine touches against the Chargers.

Forte had eight carries for 19 yards and one reception for seven yards, but he also lost a fumble in the loss. The veteran running back isn't at 100% right now, and he's a risky option in fantasy lineups against the Pats next weekend.

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Matt Forte (knee) is active for Week 16.

As has been the case for much of the year, Forte doesn't need practice time to play on Sundays. The veteran running back is still in a committee with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, so he's only 45th in this week's running back rankings.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) is officially questionable for Week 16.

This has become routine for the veteran running back, who hasn't needed to practice to suit up on Sundays. Expect him to be out there on Christmas Eve, but check in at 11:30 AM ET on Sunday if you're planning on inserting Forte into your lineup. But ideally, you'll have better options for your FLEX spot considering Forte is in a committee with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.

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Matt Forte totals 34 yards in loss to the Saints.

Forte rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards. The veteran back was ahead of Elijah McGuire for touches, but Bilal Powell handled the most with 13. Forte gets a nice matchup with the Chargers on Christmas Eve, but he won't be a recommended fantasy option in a committee, especially after McGuire and Powell outplayed him in Week 15.

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Matt Forte (knee) is active against the Saints.

As has been the case for several weeks this season, Forte is in the lineup despite being listed as questionable entering the weekend. The veteran running back is in the FLEX conversation, though there’s some risk while he’s in a backfield committee.

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Matt Forte (knee) is questionable for Week 15.

As has been the case for the last several weeks, Forte barely practices during the week before being a game-time decision on Sundays. The veteran running back has played in seven of the last eight games, but he's no lock for this week against the Saints with his team now all but eliminated from playoff contention. Forte's status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday, as the Jets play in the early games.

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Matt Forte handles eight touches in loss to the Broncos.

Forte rushed six times for 13 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. The veteran back probably won't be a big-time contributor down the stretch for the 5-8 Jets, so he can stay on the bench or waiver wire next week against the Saints.

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Matt Forte (knee) is officially active for Week 14.

Though Forte again only had one practice during the week, he was expected to go today versus the Broncos. In a split backfield, Forte is just a weaker FLEX option versus Denver.

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Matt Forte (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday.

Forte didn't practice today, so a limited Thursday participation was his only practice time of the week. It'll come down to how the veteran running back's knee is on Sunday, as he's shown he doesn't need a lot of practice time during the week to suit up on game day. The Jets don't play until 4:05 PM ET in Denver on Sunday, complicating things a bit for fantasy owners.

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Matt Forte gets 18 touches against the Chiefs.

Forte carried 15 times for a team-high 58 yards and had three receptions (on three targets) for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 win. The touchdown reception came late in the second quarter, when Forte was split out wide and came in motion before the snap and ran a slant route that he caught before reaching the ball across for a score. Denver is a more difficult matchup next week, but Forte is in the FLEX conversation for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) is officially active today.

Forte played last week, so he was expected to give it another go in this Week 13 matchup with the Chiefs. The veteran running back does have some FLEX appeal, but there are probably better options out there considering he's in a committee with Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) is questionable for Week 13.

Forte was limited in practice this week, but we would expect him to play on Sunday just like he did last week despite not having a full week of practice. Check back in on Sunday to see if Forte is active when the actives/inactives are released at 11:30 AM ET.

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Matt Forte gets ten carries in Week 12.

Forte, who was listed as questionable with a knee injury coming in and only practiced on Friday, gained 26 yards on his ten attempts. The veteran running back's knee might feel a little better a week from now, and he should find more room to run against the Chiefs in Week 13.

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Matt Forte (knee) is active for the Jets.

After getting in a practice on Friday, there was an obvious chance the veteran back would be able to go today against the Panthers. He's now officially in the lineup, but Forte is a risky fantasy play given the though matchup in a split backfield with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (hamstring) is questionable for Week 12.

Forte didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he was able to practice on a limited basis today. He certainly has a chance to play on Sunday against the Panthers, as the veteran running back has played with limited practice time already this season. Consider Forte a game-time decision, but there might be better options if he is active, considering the Panthers have one of the league's best defenses.

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Matt Forte (knee) misses practice today.

The veteran back doesn't need a ton of practice time to play on game day, but things aren't looking great right now. We'll see how he's listed when the official injury report for the game is released tomorrow.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) did not practice today.

Coming off the bye, this isn't a great sign for Forte's Week 12 status. He's been able to play with just a late practice in the week, so don't count him out just yet, though. We'll update you on Forte's practice status throughout the week.

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Matt Forte (knee) has been ruled out for Week 10.

Forte is coming off his best game of the season with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 18 touches, but he won't get a chance to build on it in a good spot. Bilal Powell should operate as the Jets' lead back with Elijah McGuire mixing in, and both are worth inserting into lineups against a collapsing Tampa Bay team. Consider Powell a quality RB2 and McGuire a solid FLEX option. New York has a bye in Week 11.

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Matt Forte scores twice in Week 9.

Forte played really well in this one, and it comes after he voiced some displeasure with the amount of runs the team had last week in poor weather conditions against the Falcons. The veteran back carried 14 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns while adding four receptions for 19 yards through the air. Both his scores came with the team deep in Buffalo territory, so it was good for his fantasy owners to see him get the touches down in that are. Forte would probably love to have this type of workload of 15-20 touches each week, and he'd be a very good fantasy asset if that happens. We'll see if he can keep it up against Tampa Bay next week.

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Matt Forte handles ten touches in Week 8 loss.

Forte rushed four times for just seven yards, but he caught six passes for 45 yards in a rainy contest. The veteran has 19 receptions over the past three weeks, but he's still yet to top nine carries in a game this season. Forte is seeing enough work as an underneath receiver to warrant consideration in PPR leagues, but he's just a decent FLEX option. The Jets host the Bills on Thursday night.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte records 41 yards as both a runner and receiver in loss to the Dolphins.

Forte rushed seven times for 41 yards, and led the team with five receptions for the same yardage total. Bilal Powell's return put a dent in his overall production, but the veteran is still seeing enough touches to be a solid FLEX option, particularly in PPR leagues. The Jets take on the Falcons next Sunday.

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Matt Forte handles 17 touches in his return to the lineup.

Forte rushed nine times for just 22 yards, but he was able to haul in eight receptions for 59 yards in the 24-17 loss to New England. The veteran looked healthy as he split time with Elijah McGuire, and Bilal Powell (calf) being out allowed him to dominate work as a receiver out of the backfield. Once Powell returns, it will be a risky situation to predict, but Forte is worth a look in Week 7 against Miami, particularly in PPR leagues.

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Matt Forte (knee/toe) was a full participant in today's practice.

The veteran running back is ready to go against the Patriots and should have a decent workload with Bilal Powell (calf, questionable) unlikely to play after missing practice all week. Rookie Elijah McGuire is also certain to get backfield touches, but both guys are in the FLEX conversation if Powell is out.

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Matt Forte (knee/toe) practiced on a limited basis.

This is Forte's second straight limited practice, and it looks like he should be good for Sunday. He'll likely be listed as questionable when the injury report comes out tomorrow.

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Bilal Powell (calf) did not practice today.

Powell isn't off to a good start for the week, but there's still time for him to practice and get ready to play before Sunday. For now, Powell should be considered less-than questionable, though. And keep in mind Matt Forte (knee/toe) practiced on a limited basis and looks like he could be back this week after missing a couple games.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee/toe) was a limited participant in practice today.

It's only Wednesday, so it looks like Forte has a good chance of returning this weekend after missing a couple games. Forte's return would complicate the running back situation, though Bilal Powell (calf) is now dealing with an injury.

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Matt Forte (knee/toe) has been ruled out for second game in a row.

The veteran running back just isn't ready to go, but maybe he'll be ready for Week 6 against New England. Bilal Powell and rookie Elijah McGuire will handle the load against Cleveland this week.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee/toe) did not practice today.

It's the second straight day this week of no practice for Forte. It'd be a major surprise if he played on Sunday.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee/toe) did not practice today.

It does not look like the veteran running back will be playing this Sunday against the Browns, but maybe he can surprise and practice over the next couple days and play in the game.

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Matt Forte (knee) is officially out against the Jaguars.

As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, Forte is week-to-week with his knee injury. Bilal Powell has a chance at 15+ touches this week against the Jaguars. Forte will try to get healthy for Week 5 against the Browns.

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Matt Forte (toe) is week-to-week, according to Ian Rapoport.

This could be some speculation, as Rapoport says it's "unlikely" Forte plays on Sunday, but you would think an injury being described as "week-to-week" would certainly mean he's out—and the Jets just signed RB Travaris Cadet. It still looks like this backfield is going to be a committee with Cadet thrown in there now with Forte out, but Bilal Powell might turn into a great option if he ends up with 15-20 touches per week while Forte is out of the lineup.

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Matt Forte gets eight carries in Jets' win.

The veteran back had eight carries for 25 yards in the game, but no receptions as the Jets backs surprisingly did not catch any passes in the game. Locked in a committee in which Bilal Powell (15 carries, 37 yards, TD) received most of the work this week, Forte is not a reliable fantasy option in Week 4 against the Jaguars.

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Matt Forte leads the Jets in Week-2 rushing.

Forte carries a team-high nine times for 53 yards while adding four receptions for 38 yards. He's in a time share with Bilal Powell and apparently rookie Elijah McGuire, but Forte played the best overall of them against the Raiders. He's a FLEX option in Week 3 against the Dolphins, but the upside is limited in a split backfield.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte starts Week 1 for the Jets.

Forte stared the game and played more snaps than Bilal Powell, but Powell received more touches (12) compared to Forte (nine). The veteran back had six carries for 16 yards and three receptions for 20 yards versus the Bills. The timeshare limits Forte's upside, so he's only a FLEX option in fantasy leagues as long as both guys remain in the mix.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte said trade rumors are "fake news."

The veteran running back was the subject of a report from NFL Network that said the Jets were trying to trade him. Forte said he talked to Jets GM Mike Maccagan, who assured him not to listen to the reports because they are not true. Maccagan, one would hope, probably would not lie to Forte, so expect him to be with the team Week 1 versus the Bills. Forte looks to be the starter for the Jets, but he'll split work with Bilal Powell.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Multiple reports: the Jets might be looking to trade running back Matt Forte.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Jets have "gauged" the market for the veteran running back, but that his $4 million could complicate things. His NFL Network co-worker, Ian Rapoport, says there is "not a lot of optimism a deal can get done" but the Jets are still asking around. It's difficult to understand what the Jets are doing, but this could mean the team wants to go with Bilal Powell as the clear lead guy in the backfield. We'll see if anything comes of this, but Forte is still a very good player that has never had under 1,000 total yards in a season.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte plays, gets 12 touches in Jets' third preseason game.

It was Forte's first time out there this preseason, and he got a good amount of work in the exhibition against the Giants. Forte carried ten times for 43 yards while adding two receptions for one yard through the air. Seeing the veteran back out there before the regular season was great, and he looks ready to go for Week 1. Forte will be splitting work with Bilal Powell, which will limit his upside, but he could definitely provide some good value at his ADP outside of the top 40 running backs.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte is practicing today.

Forte missed a couple weeks of practice with a hamstring injury, but he's obviously getting close to 100%. Jets head coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal when talking about Forte's Week 1 status yesterday, but it's clear he just didn't want to commit to anything while Forte was off the field. Assuming everything remains fine with Forte, he'll certainly be ready for Week 1. Forte and teammate Bilal Powell could both get around 15 touches per game this season as the best players on the Jets offense.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Jets head coach Todd Bowles would not say Matt Forte will be ready for Week 1.

Forte is dealing with a hamstring injury that's kept him out for a couple weeks. Bowles' unwillingness to give a straight answer does not mean Forte won't be ready for Week 1—he could just not want to speculate on whether or not his running back will be ready. There's still nearly three weeks to go until the start of the regular season, and we would anticipate Forte being good to go for the opener. Bilal Powell could end up being the clear lead guy in the backfield, however.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte is back practicing for the Jets.

Forte is back to 100% after dealing with a hamstring injury. He might not play in the team's first preseason game this week, but it's good to see him back. The veteran running back will be sharing the backfield with Bilal Powell this season.

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Matt Forte is sitting out of Jets practice with a hamstring injury.

It's the second straight missed practice for Forte, and he's day-to-day. The team is not going to rush back their veteran running back, but Bilal Powell will take almost all of the first-team reps in Forte's absence.

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Jets running back Matt Forte is day-to-day.

He has a tweaked hamstring, but it doesn't sound too bad. It'd be a surprise to see the Jets play their veteran back in the team's first preseason game next week. Bilal Powell will take almost all the first-team reps in Forte's absence.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Rich Cimini of ESPN thinks Matt Forte will be the Jets' starting running back in 2017.

Cimini admits it might be "a bit misleading" to list Forte as the starter because Bilal Powell will also be a big part of the offense as the two share the work in the backfield. Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell "says his goal is for each player to average 100 yards per game from scrimmage," according to Cimini, which would obviously mean both backs are delivering great fantasy value. Forte is 31, but a shared workload could help him in the long run of the season—he could surprise those that aren't counting on him as a productive player in 2017.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

New Jets offensive coordinator John Morton said the team will use a running-back-by-committee this season.

Both Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are in the Jets' backfield, and they are both very capable players. Morton said the gameplan will vary from week to week, but both players should get time each week. Forte and Powell both performed well last season, but Powell is likely to emerge as the leader of the committee because he showed more juice when on the field last season. They should both be drafted, and they both might be able to carry fantasy value this season.

Matt Forte (knee) out against Buffalo, ending his season.

Forte's season ends with 218 carries for 813 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, and 30 receptions for 263 yards and a receiving touchdown. Forte should be back with the Jets next season, but with the emergence of Bilal Powell, he's a risky option as a top 15 running back like he always has been.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte is out for Week 16.

Forte is battling a torn meniscus along with a shoulder injury. Bilal Powell will again be a workhorse against the Patriots and is a solid RB2 because he should get about 20+ touches.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) barely plays in Week 15.

Forte was active, but obviously limited with his torn meniscus. He had four carries for 21 yards and one catch for seven yards. He didn't play much at all in the first half, but surprisingly got more time when the game was well in hand for Miami. The Jets coaches likely thought Bilal Powell was the better option with Forte injured. Forte might tough it out the last two games, but he's a very risky fantasy option.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte (knee) is active for the Jets on Saturday night against the Dolphins.

Forte will play after sitting out almost the entire game last week against the 49ers then revealing he has been playing with a torn meniscus. Forte is more of an RB2/FLEX this week and could give more carries than usual to Bilal Powell.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte has a torn meniscus.

Forte got an MRI and it showed a torn meniscus. He seemed to say it's something he's been playing with for most of the season, and he says he will need surgery eventually. Obviously, this is a meniscus tear that can be played through. Forte likely wants to tough it out, but with three games to go in a 4-9 season, it would not be surprising if the Jets decide to save Forte for 2017.

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Matt Forte (right knee) is out for the game against the 49ers.

He's sitting on the sidelines with his pads on but is out for the game. Bilal Powell will take over as an every-down running back during Forte's absence.

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Matt Forte totals 79 yards in Jets' Week 13 loss.

Forte had nine carries for 25 yards and three catches for 54 yards. He had a nice run on his 40-yard reception, but couldn't do much else in the game. It's tough on Forte, because he's on a very bad offense. This is not what he expected when he signed with New York this offseason. Forte will be a RB1/RB2 next week against the Niners.

Matt Forte | Retired RB

Matt Forte barely managed 2.0 yards per carry, with 27 yards on 13 attempts in Week 12 against New England.

He added 23 receiving yards, catching three of his four targets. Forte appeared to be the player New England’s defense was geared toward stopping as a swarm of defenders seemed ready every time he touched the ball. Look for a bounce back next week at home against the Colts. He'll be an RB1/RB2.

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Matt Forte handles 22 touches in Jets loss to Rams.

Forte had 20 carries for 98 yards and two catches for 11 yards. Forte has been fed the rock this year and is rewarding fantasy owners that selected him. Besides some bad matchups early in the year, Forte has constantly produced. He's a great RB1. The Jets are on a bye in Week 11, but get him back in your lineup in Week 12 (just hope Bill Belichick doesn't scheme to take him out of the game).

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