Draft Zone: 11th Ranked Running Back – Bears Matt Forte

Chicago Bears Matt Forte is the 11th ranked running back in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 16, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the second round of most fantasy drafts.

Forte is coming off a pretty good 2012 campaign, recording 1,094 rushing yards, 340 receiving yards, and 6 total touchdowns in just 15 games.

Forte is expected to be even more effective during the upcoming season as he continues as the Bears number one running back. His normal 1,000+ rushing yards should be expected, but what should get better is his involvement in the Bears passing game.

Forte has been a successful receiver in past, and new head coach Marc Trestman has been raving about his catching ability.

Trestman will try and get Forte involved in the passing game as much as possible, using him on screen passes to get Forte free on the perimeter. If he’s successful in doing this, Forte should flourish as a receiver.

Forte had 51 receptions for 547 yards in 2010. Don’t be surprised to see him reach these numbers again, while possibly amassing even bigger numbers.

Trestman’s new offense gives Forte a shot at recording more yards from scrimmage than he ever has before in his entire career. Reaching 1,700 total yards is certainly a possibility. However, Forte needs to stay on the field in order to achieve this.

Forte missed five total games in the last two seasons with ankle and knee issues. He has been healthy throughout the pre-season, but he does still hold some injury risk. If you draft Forte, make sure you also draft his backup, Michael Bush.

Forte has sky-high potential for the 2013 season. Though he’s going in the second round, he has a good shot at producing like a first round pick. Definitely make him your second round pick if you have the opportunity.


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