Forte wants the ball: When it came to running backs in 2013, the fantasy football world was agog over Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. When it came to the Bears, many were fawning over Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Through it all, Matt Forte quietly was a top 15 overall fantasy player and the third-best running back. No surprise, the Bears back says he’s ready for the same type of workload next season. Through the first six years of his career, Forte has been one of the NFL’s best dual-threat backs — a position that is only gaining in importance as more teams center their offenses on the passing game. With Marc Trestman’s offense firmly in place in Chicago, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Forte go as high as third in plenty of 2014 fantasy league drafts.
Kubiak optimistic about Ravens run game: Earlier this week, new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was excited about the prospects of Dennis Pitta. Now Kubiak is turning that optimism toward the Ravens running game, saying he has “tremendous expectations for them.” From his lips to the fantasy football gods’ ears. Last season, Ray Rice was one of the biggest fantasy disappointments around. However, it’s fair to note that some of his struggles can be attributed to poor work by his offensive line. Until there’s some change among the group up front, it’s probably best not to get too excited about Rice’s 2014 prospects.
Make long FGs worth more?: File this away as one man’s opinion, but Adam Vinatieri suggested to Around the League’s Dan Hanzus that the league should consider making field goals over 50 yards worth four points. It’s an interesting idea in light of the talk about abolishing extra points — even if it’s one that’s not very likely to happen. However, it could spawn an interesting change in the value of fantasy kickers. In leagues where all FGs are three points regardless of distance, there would be added value — especially for players like Justin Tucker and Stephen Gostkowski, who are consistently good from long range. But as this is likely to remain a pipe dream for the foreseeable future, kickers will probably remain last-round draft fodder, prone to being streamed all season long.
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