About a month ago, I wrote about Matt Forte as a Dynasty Building Block. I highlighted his consistent production and pass-catching ability.
Later, I analyzed the historical tendencies of Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer and concluded good things were in store for the Bears’ offense. I postulated a potential 70-catch, top five PPR season for Matt Forte.
Then today I read this article:
C.D. Carter is one of my favorite (non-RotoViz of course) Fantasy Football writers. So I was quite pleased to read this from him earlier today. Here’s what Carter says about Marc Trestman’s 2002 Oakland Raiders Offense:
Actually, there was a guy just behind Rice’s team-leading 92 grabs: running back Charlie Garner, who racked up an incredible 91 catches from quarterback Rich Gannon. Garner posted seven or more grabs in an astounding six games that season.
Carter goes on to analyze the fantasy football prospects of the Bears’ skill players, including one of my favorites, Matt Forte.
The pass as an extension of – and sometimes, a replacement for – the run game is plenty of reason to rank Forte as a top-6 running back in PPR leagues, I think…Trestman’s selection of Aaron Kromer as offensive coordinator could — and should — be seen as a boon for Forte’s pass-catching prospects. Kromer worked with Trestman (and Garner) in Oakland and Sproles during his stint with the Saints…Forte’s soft hands and subtle lateral agility with the ball in his hands makes him an undervalued PPR commodity today, as he sports a mid-second round average draft position…
I don’t think 80 receptions is out of the question for Forte over a healthy 16-game season, so even if (when?) Michael Bush vultures goal line scores once again in 2013, Forte will maintain more than enough value to warrant top-10 running back status.
And I thought a 70 catch prediction was bold. Don’t worry, I’d gladly take 80. And so should you. Read the rest of C.D. Carter’s excellent article here.