By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 8:31am EDT
"That's how we should run the ball," he said. "The past two weeks have been rough. Our offensive line did a great job of opening up the holes out there and blocking their front seven so I could get one-on-one with the safeties and linebackers. When they do that, I continue to run hard and get extra yards." (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte was dominant against a very weak Packers defense on Saturday as he carried the ball 23 times for 122 yards. Matt also added five catches for 49 yards. Forte should remain hot and will hopefully find the end zone his next time on the field. Make sure he is starting as your RB1 in Week 5 versus a struggling Carolina Panther defense.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Sep 24th 2:04am EDT
After finishing with only 21 rushing yards against San Francisco, Matt Forte had another bad night on the ground versus the Jets in Week 3. Forte had 13 carries for only 33 yards. On the plus side, he also had 6 receptions for 43 yards on 7 targets.
Fantasy Impact: Granted the Niners and Jets are near the top in rushing defense, but it is a little disheartening to see Forte have back to back sub 2.5 ypc games. The real benefit of Forte is even with his low rushing numbers, he is able to add in yards through the air making him a top 5 PPR RB. In Week 4, Forte will rebound and be an elite RB as he faces a Packers D that has given up 156 yards per game on the ground this year. Also, Forte generally lights up the Packers, as he totaled 336 yards and 4 TDs in 2 games vs Green Bay in 2013. Rest easy and expect big things from Forte in Week 4.
By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 12:24pm EDT
The Jets run defense has permitted an average of only 52.5 yards per game this season and hasn’t allowed an opposing running back to gain more than 43 yards. (Source: ChicagoBears.com
Fantasy Impact: There is no denying that the Bears starting running back will be facing a tough defense this week. Although it may be tough to run the ball this week, expect Matt Forte to rack up some receiving yardage as the Jets focus on Jeffrey and Marshall. Even in a tough defensive matchup, Forte should be in your starting lineup.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Sep 16th 2:06am EDT
Sunday night versus the 49ers, Matt Forte couldn't get anything going on the ground or in the air. The Bears workhorse RB only had 21 yards on 12 carries. Forte also was held in check catching the ball out of the backfield. He had 5 catches for 15 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The 49ers game planned to stop Forte and TE Martellus Bennett as the other 2 big weapons in the Bears offense (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery) were limited by injuries. Even though Forte did not produce in Week 2, he still remains an elite level RB option due to the volume of touches he will receive week in and week out. The Bears RB is a must start RB1 next Monday night versus the Jets.
By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Sep 13th 9:56am EDT
With veterans Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson unable to play against the 49ers due to ankle injuries, Brian de la Puente will start at center and Michael Ola will open at guard. (Source: ChicagoBears.com
Fantasy Impact: The Bears will be without two of their starting offensive linemen this week at San Francisco. However, this should have very little impact on Matt Forte's outlook as both De La Puente and Ola did an adequate job last week as fill-ins.
Regardless of who is starting on the offensive line, don't expect Forte to have an amazing day rushing the ball against a stout 49er defense. Matt's value this week will more than likely be a large accumulation of receiving yards and hopefully a touchdown or two. Forte is always a must start for your fantasy team.
By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 8:17pm EDT
Bears RB Matt Forte totaled 169 yards from scrimmage in Week 1 versus Buffalo with 82 rushing yards on 17 carries (4.8 ypc) and 87 receiving yards on eight receptions (10.9 ypr). (Source: ChicagoBears.com
Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte showed his versatility in Week 1 as he tallied a solid fantasy performance both receiving and running the football. Forte is elusive in the open field and gained nice chunks of yardage running to the outside on short passes and as Cutler's checkdown receiver. He did however, have a bit of trouble trying to run up the middle today against the Bills. He was also held without a Touchdown.
Going forward, Matt should continue to be a solid #1 Fantasy RB that is an integral part of the Chicago offense. In PPR and combined yardage leagues Forte is a beast that will continue to lead his fantasy owners to victory.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 12:20am EDT
In the third preseason game against Seattle, Matt Forte only had 3 carries and was only on the field for two drives. The RB didn't have a target but did rush for 17 yards on his limited carries.
Fantasy Impact: Nothing to worry about. As with most top RBs, the Bears thought it it was better to rest Forte than expose him to any unnecessary pounding. Also with the No.2 job in Chicago unsettled, the Bears decided to give rookie Ka'Deem Carey more carries with the first team offense. Forte is an elite RB and worth at least a top 4 pick in standard leagues and top 3 in PPR.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 9:25pm EDT
On the ground, Forte couldn't find any room taking 4 carries for -2 yards. On the plus side, the RB did bring in 3 catches on 3 targets for 22 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Forte showed off why he is a consensus top 5 overall pick in 2014. Even on a night where he didn't produce on the ground, the Tulane product added some nice yards in the air. After finishing #3 in total yards in 2013, expect Forte to do more of the same this year and be a great choice at his current #4 ADP.
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