NFL fantasy: Matt Forte to catch more passes

Forte excited about new role: It’s been a couple of seasons since Matt Forte was a top 10 fantasy running back. But those days could be returning with news that the Chicago Bears back will be more involved in the team’s passing game in 2013. Forte is no stranger to catching the football — he’s averaged 53 receptions per season in his first five campaigns. The difference this year is that he could line up occasionally as a wide receiver. Overall, it’s big news for Forte’s fantasy value. But it should especially be music to the ears of owners playing in PPR leagues.

Gabbert, Henne splitting reps: Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said immediately that there would be a competition between quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Apparently that wasn’t just lip service. The two QBs have reportedly taken an equal number of reps so far in OTAs. Neither choice is going to excite fantasy owners, but the winner could have an impact on the fantasy value of the guys around him. For instance, Justin Blackmon was much better with Henne than with Gabbert. This battle is worth keeping an eye on for that reason alone.

Bernard to complement Green-Ellis: The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Gi0vani Bernard ostensibly as a complement to veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The rookie confirmed that suspicion on “NFL AM”, saying he was there to help out. The Law Firm will likely start the season as the starter, but after his inconsistency last season, you have to wonder how long his leash will be — especially if Bernard is able to produce. Green-Ellis still has value as a No. 2 option, but that designation could change as training camp shakes out.

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