2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz isn't known for running his backs into the ground with carries, but he doesn't slight them when it comes to catching the ball in space. Forte is an excellent pass receiver out of the backfield, already tallying 120 grabs in two seasons. While he managed just four touchdowns last year, he is just a year removed from a 12-touchdown season. Forte feels he is past last year's knee and hamstring issues, which should help him regain his rookie form.
Cons: The Bears have thrown competition on the table for Forte this year, adding veteran Chester Taylor. Taylor is a very capable change-of-pace back and receiving threat, so he will likely cut into Forte's production and playing time. Forte doesn't have that second gear elite backs possess. His career yards-per-carry average is just 3.8 and was a paltry 3.6 last season. Furthermore, the team's offensive line is far from dominating, so Forte has to work harder for his opportunities beyond the primary level of defense.
Fantasy tip: A year ago, Forte was horribly overvalued and selected in the first few picks of most every fantasy football draft. This time around, he comes at a lot more realistic value in the fourth round. In a perfect world, you'll be able to snag him as your third back, but he has the talent to post No. 2 fantasy back numbers, potentially even higher in point-per-reception formats. While Forte should remain the team's top option at running back, don't be afraid to handcuff Taylor to cover your bases.
About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.
His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA. Follow @RyanBonini
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