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Does Justin Forsett Have Fantasy Value in Denver?

Justin Forsett / Kubiak Connection Reunites

Gary KubiakThe Denver Broncos claimed RB Justin Forsett off waivers from the Lions on Monday, and Fantasy owners are curious to what if any Fantasy value he holds moving forward.

Just prior to the Forsett claim, rumors in the Denver area were hinting the Broncos were thinking about turning to Kapri Bibbs to replace Devontae Booker as the team’s starting running back. Unfortunately, such a move was never put in motion after Bibbs suffered a season-ending ankle injury in last week’s game against the Jaguars. Booker, a top 5 candidate to win offensive rookie of the year at a sports betting site this offseason, has been holding the starting gig since C.J Anderson was lost to injury in week seven. Booker had trending star power on Twitter when he got the job, but hasn’t been spectacular as the lead dog. In his last five straight games, Devontae Booker has been averaging just a 2.80 yards per carry. There have also been a few critical fumbles that fantasy owners would love to forget, one in particular in the red zone.

As it seems, Justin Forsett is walking into a perfect situation after holding the clipboard in Detroit for the past month. Although considering Forsett was released by Baltimore, not used at all in Detroit and only a waiver claim out of desperation by Denver, most Fantasy experts aren’t quick to report Forsett to be anything more than a warm body with a job. It is very likely that 31-year old Forsett can no longer run and cut like he did in his breakout season two years ago, but he is familiar with the Denver Offense. If you remember, Gary Kubiak was the offensive coordinator for the Ravens the year Forsett ran for 1,266 yards and 8 TD’s. Kubiak was offered the head coaching job of the Denver Broncos the year after. Marc Trestman was then hired and fired over the next season and a half in Baltimore and Forsett’s value has plummeted ever since.

Justin Forsett Career Stats
Year Age Tm G Rush Yds TD Y/A Tgt Rec Yds TD
2008 23 SEA 14 0 0 0
2009 24 SEA 16 114 619 4 5.4 57 41 350 1
2010 25 SEA 16 118 523 2 4.4 51 33 252 0
2011 26 SEA 16 46 145 1 3.2 34 23 128 0
2012 27 HOU 16 63 374 1 5.9 5 3 38 0
2013 28 JAX 9 6 31 0 5.2 16 15 82 0
2014 29 BAL 16 235 1266 8 5.4 59 44 263 0
2015 30 BAL 10 151 641 2 4.2 41 31 153 0
2016 31 3TM 5 44 136 0 3.1 17 13 51 0
2016 31 DET 2 13 38 0 2.9 3 2 15 0
2016 31 BAL 3 31 98 0 3.2 14 11 36 0
2016 31 DEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 118 777 3735 18 36.8 280 203 1317 1

This week I wrote the Waiver Wire week 14 article to offer not just some tips on who you should pick up for the playoffs, but offer some fantasy football playoff advice as well. I left out quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in my article as I wanted to force the issue that in the fantasy playoffs you need to stick with your studs and avoid one-week wonders. I still believe in that advice, but I’m now open to the idea of stashing Justin Forsett as an insurance piece for the later rounds.

If the Broncos want to make a playoff push they’re going to have to get their running game going, and a wildcard pickup like Justin Forsett might just be crazy enough to work.

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