Can Matt Forte Rebound for NFL Fantasy Football Owners In 2010?

August 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Matt Forte burst onto the scene in 2008, rushing for 1,238 yards and 8 touchdowns.  He was also an asset in the passing game, with 63 receptions for 477 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In his sophomore season he remained a solid receiver, though the touchdowns disappeared.  He had 57 receptions for 471 yards, but didn’t score a touchdown.  That regression was also prevalent in the running game, where he rushed for just 929 yards and scored 4 touchdowns.
Part of the change could have been based on philosophy, as his number of carries fell from 2008 to 2009:
2008 - 316 carries
2009 - 258 carries
The acquisition of Jay Cutler easily could have factored into that.  In 2009 the Bears attempted 563 passes.  In 2008, with Kyle Orton leading the offense, they attempted 528 passes.
A more pass-heavy offense certainly leads to fewer carries and hurts a runner’s ability to make an impact.  Heading into 2010, with Mike Martz now in plac...

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