Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte will be the top fantasy football player in 2014. Yep, there it is. In print, and unable to be retracted.
Intrigued? Believe me, if I read that, I would be, too.
Your mind is is probably racing right now. How did he come to such a seemingly preposterous conclusion?
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When you head into your draft, like everyone else, you’re looking for the best available player. The thing about fantasy football is that far and few between do players repeat their top five overall status, or top five running back status for that matter. So who’s to say that any of these players will be able to help you bring home that fantasy championship trophy?
I’ve found the best route with fantasy football is playing with a safer team. When you have a team with too many boom or bust-type players, you’re more susceptible to an up-and-down season.
It’s easy to look at someone like Adrian Peterson and feel like he’s a safe player. I totally understand that logic and he’s obviously an appealing option. What I also see is another year with more tread on the tires. If you get good value for him, then take him, but don’t reach. The Vikings’ offense will still be feeding him the ball often, which is a little worrisome as he continues to get older and becomes more prone to fatigue and/or injuries.
Here’s where we get to the player that I’m intrigued by the most: Matt Forte.
Forte had an amazing and very consistent 2013 season. The appeal with guys like Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, and Forte is that not only do they amass tons of yardage on the ground, but they catch the ball well too, which bodes well in PPR leagues.
Forte is still just 28 years old and 2013 was easily the best season he’s had over his six-year career. I think he can duplicate his rushing numbers from last season (1,339 yards and nine touchdowns), and with the experience he got in his first year playing for Marc Trestman, those totals could grow. Imagine if he had played under Trestman for even three seasons? He would be the no-brainer No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts.
Another component of Forte’s game that intrigues me is his aforementioned pass-catching ability. The 594 yards he gained through the air allowed him to finish the season with 1,933 yards from scrimmage.
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Yes, everyone is familiar with players hitting the 2k mark. The potential he has to reach that milestone has me to be drooling, and you should be, too.
Forte is going to get the ball often and make plays every time he touches it. He’s steadily increased his rushing yards the past three seasons and is in the prime of his career. Also, with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery drawing lots of attention on the outside, defenses won’t be able to cheat up and put defenders in the box.
Winners take chances. Make Matt Forte your first round pick and reap the rewards come January.