Fantasy Football: Being an RB1 not Matt's Forte

      July 2, 2012 @ 17:30:30 PDT

Beware Matt Forte.

I know the RB lot is a clusterbleep this year, but even if he inks a new deal with the Chicago Bears or relents and comes back to the team without a non-franchised deal, he's not exactly safe.

First, the knees: He sat out to heal several injuries late last year, including an MCL sprain in his right knee. This spring and summer, the 26-year-old has done all he can to ease reported concerns over both his joints; all seems fine ... for now.

Don't forget the money dispute. If he cuts his camp short, Forte might become this year's Chris Johnson: display sluggish football shape or play with a disinterested tenor. Plus, Mike Tice's offense may not be as run-friendly as many believe, especially with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall reunited.

Oh, and there's a quite capable carrier named Michael Bush who'll be more than a backup plan, especially in the red zone. Forte's not exactly a juggernaut down low, and Bush (6-foot-1, 245 pounds) is worlds ahead of what Marion Barber III and Kahlil Bell offered last year.

I'm not sold on Forte as a No. 1 back, even in PPRs. Sometimes, you might not have a choice, but the physical and off-field factors are making me steer clear as often as possible.

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