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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ISSUES: MATT FORTE COULD SIT SATURDAY, BILAL POWELL COULD BE A MONSTER AGAIN

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles took a lot of heat for suiting up injured veteran running back Matt Forte in Week 15, this despite the fact he was diagnosed a few days prior with a torn meniscus in his knee.  In addition to earning the wrath of the fantasy football community (at least for those who got last minute cold feet when it came to starting Bilal Powell given the uncertainty of carries), Forte complained after the game and in practice this week that his knee is really bothering him.  As if that wasn't bad enough, Forte also came down with a shoulder injury during his limited work last Saturday and it is that injury now that has Bowles thinking his starter stands a good chance of sitting out versus the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve.  Under that scenario, the surging Powell would be knocking on the RB 1 door due to his terrific ability both in the run and receiving game.  Powell showed those skills last Saturday by rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries and catching an insane 11 passes for another 78 yards.  The strength of the Pats defense is up the middle but those in PPR should be especially excited about what a full workload could mean for Powell's numbers.  Even if Forte would be able to go, he would just get a few carries which makes Powell a must start play this week.


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