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Fantasy impact of Matt Forte free agent signing

The longtime Chicago back heads to the Jets. We break down the fantasy implications.

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Longtime Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte left the team Wednesday, agreeing to terms with the New York Jets. Forte, who was with the Bears for eight seasons, is coming off of his worst season.

The 30-year-old back missed three games to injury in 2015 and ran for only 898 yards and four touchdowns, adding another 389 yards and three scores through the air. A season after catching 102 passes, Forte saw his receptions sink to a career-low-tying 44 in 2015, and his 4.1 yards per carry was his second-lowest mark since 2010. He replaces Chris Ivory, who signed with Jacksonville, in the New York offense, and will likely supplant Bilal Powell in the team's offense as well.

Fantasy impact: Forte had been a fantasy superstar in 2013 and 2014, so his injury-plagued 2015 was a disappointment. He'll look to get things back on track with a club that should feature plenty of offense, joining Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the Jets' offensive attack. The team doesn't have a starting quarterback yet, with 2015 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick becoming a free agent and neither Geno Smith nor Bryce Petty likely to be a full-time starter. Forte's status for 2016 will be up in the air until we know who will be handing him the ball, but regardless, Forte will still be an easy RB2 at least.

In Chicago, Forte's departure opens the door for 2015 rookie Jeremy Langford to take over the starting role. With no real competition for the gig, Langford will have a real shot at heavy play in 2016, and could challenge for RB1 status.