ESPN's fantasy gurus spent a fair amount of time this week debating the use of Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte, whose receiving production has compensated his quiet rushing performance. He leads all NFL running backs with 188 receiving yards and is tied for second among all players with three touchdown receptions.
On the other hand, Forte has managed 79 rushing yards on 17 attempts and hasn't scored. So what to do with him? Assume he'll continue to be the Bears' leading receiver? Or be wary as you approach the Bears' Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers?
Analysts Matthew Berry and Christopher Harris remain bullish on Forte, and that's good enough for me. Here are some excerpts:
Berry: "The fourth-highest-scoring running back so far this season, he's clearly the most consistent weapon on the Bears right now. Yes, the Packers have a good defense. Of course, only four teams in the NFL have allowed more rushing yards this year than Green Bay. And one of its games was against Buffalo. Not sure what my fellow rankers don't see here. Clay Matthews is gonna be coming after Jay Cutler hard here, which means a lotta check downs. Forte Acres and a Mule would be a good fantasy team name. So would Forte Ounce."
(One day I'll understand what Matthew is talking about. I'm learning, though.)
Harris: Matt Forte didn't do much on the ground against Dallas, but made up for it with a short reception for a touchdown. Chester Taylor got only six touches in Week 2 compared with Forte's 15, meaning this is less of a split job than some believed it might be. This is another bad matchup for Forte, but I don't think you get away from starting him.