2014 Fantasy Football: RB Matt Forte Will Be A First Round Pick

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After a rather mediocre 2012 fantasy football season, many fantasy owners passed on Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte this summer.

In 15 games last season, Forte was a RB2 at best. He gained a meager 1,094 rushing yards in 15 games to go along with a career-low 340 receiving yards. He scored just six combined touchdowns (five rushing/one receiving) and was near the bottom of the position in fantasy points. The back was once a guaranteed first rounder in drafts, but due to a lackluster 2012 season, Forte saw his value drop into the middle of the second round in many formats.

This fantasy season, though, Forte revitalized his first-round fantasy value. He finished the year with an astonishing 1,339 rushing yards with nine rushing touchdowns. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and shockingly finished the year as the third-ranked running back in standard ESPN formats with 251 points.

Forte has also hauled in a career-high receptions (74) and receiving yards (594) this year. He averaged a staggering 120.7 all-purpose yards (83.6 rushing yards and 37.1 receiving yards) per contest and was one of the most reliable fantasy options week after week.

As a result of his resurgent fantasy campaign, Forte will be a guaranteed first rounder next summer. He has reestablished himself as a fantasy monster and has finally been able to find the endzone. If you are starting to plan your draft strategy for the 2014 fantasy season, make sure to pencil in Forte as a high-end first round pick.

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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