Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 1: RB Matt Forte

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets scoresa touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets scoresa touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Heading into the first week of fantasy football, running back Matt Forte of the New York Jets might serve as a decent FLEX option against the Buffalo Bills.

Let’s face reality, fantasy football owners. The New York Jets are undoubtedly a bad football team, especially when it comes to their offense. They failed to consistently score touchdowns all preseason long and when you have Josh McCown as your starting quarterback, you need a strong ground game to keep those chains moving.

The Jets have a lot of problems converting first downs by relying too heavily on their passing attack but make no mistake about it, look for them to establish the run against the Bills. Running back Matt Forte hasn’t done much throughout training camp and preseason action due to dealing with nagging hamstring issues but he’s ready to go this week against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy football owners that own Forte or are in need of a decent FLEX option, might consider using him in such a role. The Jets will more than likely launch a run-heavy offensive game plan against the Bills in order to setup play-action plays and to better help their receivers get through initial season-opening jitters.

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Committing to the run game helps open everything up on offense as the Jets would be wise to pound the rock with Forte leading the way.

Since fellow running back Bilal Powell might very well steal the show against the Bills, Forte is at the very least worth using in the FLEX role since if the Jets do indeed score touchdowns on 1st and goal plays, it’ll be thanks to everything he brings to the table.

Even last season, Forte totaled seven rushing touchdowns for the Jets on the ground and even one as a receiving option. The Jets will more than likely have him get a good amount of reps and feature him in red zone situations.

Overall, Forte is worth starting this week but only as a FLEX option since he’s just not yet at an RB2 level and especially nowhere near RB1 due to dealing with hamstring issues. If anything, he might very well score a touchdown or two against the Bills, much to the rejoice of fantasy owners that start him this week.

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