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By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Jul 24th 10:14am EDT

There is no question that Matt Forte has been the focus of the Bears offense throughout most of his career. However, this year he carries a big risk as a RB1 in fantasy. Over the last two seasons, Forte has had 555 carries and 176 receptions; a pretty heavy workload. Not to mention, Forte turns 30 in December; the typical age for a RB to hit a cliff. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Personally, I think Forte will be fine this season and will produce top numbers again. He has always been a durable back and does not take many of the big hits most running backs do in this league. He does not turn 30 until very late in the season. With the way John Fox likes to run the football by committee, he might see less carries this year. However, I look to see his production of 3.9 ypc to increase with better play calling from a good coaching staff. On top of all of that, this is a contract year for Forte, and most guys produce bigger numbers when they know it affects their bank accounts. Role with Forte like usual as a RB1 this year, but beware of him dropping off next year since he will officially be 30 for the season. The age when greats like Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, and many others fell off the cliff.

 

By Steve Painter, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Jul 8th 11:15am EDT

He only had three games with 20 or more carries last season but new OC Adam Gase is going to change that this year. He'll likely have fewer receptions as well. (Source: Bears Backer)

Fantasy Impact: Forte has rushed for 1,000 yards in four of his last five seasons and this one promises more rushing yardage. The 29-year-old is firmly entrenched as a RB1 for 2015.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Bears Correspondent, Thu, May 28th 1:40am EDT

Matt Forte said on Wednesday that he will not hold out, despite wanting to sign an extension before the start of the season since he's in the last year of his contract. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Offensive coordinator Adam Gase usually uses multiple running backs, so it's very likely that Forte will see a reduced workload in 2015.

 

By Michael Vincent, Bears Correspondent, Tue, May 26th 8:35pm EDT

John Fox has been candid about his history and approach to handling his backfield, saying, “We’ve always been believers in kind of a 1-2 punch and rolling guys through there whether it’s the d-line; a wave of those guys to stay fresh,” Fox said. “I’ve always had the approach the same thing with running backs.” (Source: John Mullin, CSN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Whether it was in Carolina with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, or in Denver with any combination of Knowshon Moreno, Lance Ball, Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, and most recently C.J. Anderson last year, John Fox's offensive approach will more than likely involve more than one running back carrying the ball. In each of his four Denver Broncos seasons, Fox had two players with at least 100 carries (Tim Tebow had 122 for 660 yards in 2011). With Matt Forte turning 30 this December, on the last year of his contract, and the fact that Chicago used their 4th round pick on Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford, things are not as clear cut in the Bears' backfield as they once may have been.

 

By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Apr 13th 7:54pm EDT

Bears running back Matt Forte skipped the first day of the Bears' voluntary off-season workout program. Forte is entering his final year of his contract and is looking for a new deal from Chicago. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Forte will turn 30 by the end of the 2015 season and most teams do not like giving big multi-year contracts to what is considered to be an aging running back. Although, things get tricky for Chicago as Forte has been the most reliable offensive weapon they had last season as he set an NFL record with 102 receptions by a running back. Forte will have his workload cut down in 2015 as the Bears signed Jaquizz Rodgers to go along with Forte and Ka'Deem Carey in the backfield. With Forte still under contract for a year, the expectations are that the running back will report to mandatory training camp workouts as negotiations on a new deal continue.

 

By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Jan 17th 2:24pm EST

The Chicago Bears have announced that John Fox will be the next coach of the Bears. They have agreed to a four-year deal with an introductory press conference scheduled for Monday. Fox has complied a 119-89 regular season record in 13 seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Fox fits all the qualities new GM Ryan Pace was looking for. He is an experienced, defensive-minded, run first, players coach. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With a renewed focus on run-first football, Matt Forte should be in store for a great year on the ground. In 2014 Forte posted a 3.9 YPC average, his lowest in five seasons. While he most certainly will see a decrease in catches, Forte should be able to add to his average of 16.6 carries per game in 2015.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Dec 24th 9:13am EST

Matt Forte was not selected to be in the 2015 Pro Bowl. Considering he is one of the best running backs in the league, consider this a major snub. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Forte remains a must start fantasy running back regardless the Chicago Bears underutilize his skills.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 8:58am EST

Matt Forte was finally given many opportunities to run on Sunday. However, against a stingy Detroit run defense, Forte only had 55 yards on 19 carries. He did add six receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With JImmy Clausen under center, he gave Forte the ball instead of checking out of designed run plays. Forte continues to be a must start.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 5:06pm EST

Jimmy Clausen will start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: With Clausen at quarterback, it is assumed he will involve Forte more than Jay Cutler did. Forte is a great running back, however he faces a tough Detroit run defense. Forte is a must start, but temper the expectations.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Dec 16th 11:13am EST

Matt Forte ran the ball hard and well on Monday night against New Orleans. He finished with 16 carries for 78 yards (4.9 ypc) and two receptions for 21 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Forte is a great running back, but the Chicago Bears are now hurting his fantasy value as he isn't being given as many opportunities as he should. He remains as must start RB1, but scale back expectations.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 9:00am EST

In Thursday's loss to Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears went away from their plans all week: run the ball more with Matt Forte. He finished with only 13 rushing attempts for 26 yards. Forte added eight receptions for 74 yards. He did get a goalline touchdown and 2-point conversion to help his stats. However, he also added a rare fumble, which was recovered by the defense. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: It continues to confuse many fantasy football owners of Forte as to why the Bears will not try to get the ball into their best player's hands more often. Forte is a top 5 running back, he remains a must start option regardless of how many touches he receives.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 10:24am EST

The Chicago Bears are focusing this week on having a more balanced offensive plan of attack. Meaning, they will look to finally get Matt Forte more involved. Running more will allow the play-action pass to work better, where Jay Cutler ranks third for completion percentage. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte is a top five running back in the league. By not utilizing his talents, the Bears end up relying on the pass where defenses are focused on shutting them down. Forte should have a huge Week 14, start him with confidence.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 8:41am EST

Matt Forte was not given many opportunities to run against a tough run defense. He finished with only five rushes for six yards. He added five receptions for 52 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Forte is a top running back, he is a must start every week.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 12:03pm EST

Running back Matt Forte was the greatest offensive contributor for the Chicago Bears in their victory on Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished with 89 rushing yards, two touchdowns and added five receptions for 23 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Forte continues to be key element in this Bears offense. He is a top 5 RB and arguable top RB in PPR leagues.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 4:45pm EST

In his press conference today, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte said about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Head Coach Lovie Smith, "they play takeaway football...the key is to guard the football at all times." Forte only has one lost fumble all season. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Forte is a top 3 running back in fantasy leagues. He is a must start.

 

By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 3:45pm EST

Matt Forte was given the day off of practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's showdown with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No injury concerns, just a rest day. (Source: Dan Wiederer via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Forte is a must start option in every league.

 

By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 10:57am EST

Matt Forte rushed 26 times for 117 yards. He added 6 receptions for 58 yards.

Fantasy Impact: We all knew that Forte would get back to form after a rough outing last week in Green Bay. He caught all his targets, and finished with a solid performance in both Standard and PPR scoring. The touchdowns will return, but these types of games show that he is not touchdown-dependent. Next week's game versus Tampa Bay looks just as juicy.

 

By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 5:53pm EST

Matt Forte rushed for 54 yards on 17 carries Sunday night at Lambeau Field. He added 3 catches for 27 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Ouch. As a Bears Correspondent, this was a nightmare to watch. The only bright spot for Forte owners was that he didn't fumble the ball. Entering the night, the Packers ranked 32nd in rushing defense and Forte failed to take advantage. The Bears were blown out Week 8 vs. the Patriots, but Forte still put up respectable RB1 numbers. This was out of hand from the start. He should rebound next week against the Vikings.

 

By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 9:30am EDT

Matt Forte rushed for 114 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Forte added 6 receptions for 54 yards and a score. Forte also secured a two-point conversion in the 4th quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Forte remains a fantasy stud and should be started without question. Despite a blowout loss, Forte's work was pretty even between the two halves. He rushed for 59 yards in the first half, and 55 yards in the second. The Bears are on a bye next week, before playing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

 

By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 8:56am EDT

Matt Forte rushed for a touchdown and 49 yards on 12 carries. He added a team high 6 receptions for 60 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears seemingly forget they had one of the top running backs, as Forte had little work to show for the first half of the game. After halftime, Forte produced two touchdowns in an otherwise ugly loss. Forte remains a must start in all formats and should have good matchup next week at New England.

 

By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 10:39am EDT

Matt Forte rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries. His two rushing touchdowns in the second half gave the Bears the victory. Forte also added 10 receptions for 77 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Wow. This is the type of game fantasy owners hoped for when Forte was taken in the first four picks. Forte led the team in targets with 13, and finally got the rock in the redzone. He remains elite and should be started in all formats. The Bears play the Dolphins at home next week.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 10:34am EDT

For the second week in a row Matt Forte was a bright spot for the Bears offense on Sunday. Forte had 61 yards on 17 carries, but hauled in 12 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Forte is proving his worth by having great back-to-back games and becoming a safety net for Cutler. (Source: www.Chicitysports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte put together a solid performance on Sunday and rewarded fantasy owners with his first touchdown of the season. Number 22 is also a PPR monster as he now ranks 2nd in the NFL in receptions. Forte continues to be a solid RB1 and is the centerpiece of the Chicago offense. Expect another juicy stat line next week as the Bears face a vulnerable Falcon defense.

 

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.

 
FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
YPC saw a serious dip last season and you know he won't sniff the 100+ catches he had last year too. That said, he is till a skilled runner in a system without any real competition.
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 31st
100+ catches not likely repeated with Trestman gone, but hopefully pass game remains a major factor for Forte because his run numbers took a big dip in '14 (3.9 YPC)
Fantasy Football Empire | Jul 31st
Matt Forte is now 29 years old, turns 30 in December, and is in his final year of his contract. Look for him to play with extra incentive this season as he has expressed a desire for a contract extension, but it's hard to get overly excited about a running back nearing age 30. His 3.9 yards per carry and 64.9 yards per game last season can be blamed on a poor offensive line. Forte has been good for 1000+ rushing yards the past 3 seasons, so there is still tread on the tires. New head coach John Fox likes to run the ball, so the opportunity should be there for a good fantasy season for Matt Forte. And let's not overlook his 102 receptions and 808 receiving yards which makes him more valuable in PPR formats. His fantasy playoff schedule includes a tough matchup versus Washington in week 14, a favorable matchup at Minnesota in week 15, and a neutral matchup at Tampa Bay in week 16. As a Running Back, Matt Forte's 102 receptions in 2014 ranks him ahead of all WIDE RECEIVERS except for 3. The Chicago Bears ran the football only 35.3% last season, ranking them 2nd to last in 2014. Matt Forte had a huge fantasy season due to his pass catching ability with 102 receptions, which ranked him 4th overall compared to wide receivers! The big blow to Forte in 2015 is that he loses offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and gains Adam Gase. In 2014, Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver where he ran the ball 41.5%. His RBs combined for only 68 receptions which is 34 less than Forte's total of 102. In 2013, Gase ran the ball 39.9%. I am downgrading Matt Forte in PPR league formats, and am neutral on standard league formats as the Chicago Bears offensive line ranked 5th overall last season in run blocking.
The NY Times | Jul 31st
YPC decline (3.9), age 30 season, and the loss of Marc Trestman all major concerns.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
I love Forte's talent, but Trestman's killer offense is gone and dude isn't getting any younger. He's just on the outside of my top-10 at the moment.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
He won't hit 100 receptions again in his career, but he will continue to be a good receiver and see plenty of work in John Fox's system. If he can stay healthy there's no reason he won't get 300+ touches this year, which only five other running backs did last season including Forte.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
This is probably my last year ranking Forte as an elite option. He turns 30-years old this December and is at 1,817 career carries and 443 career receptions. I am a little concerned about him this year in a new offense, but I think he still has one more great fantasy season in the tank.
Gridiron Experts | Jun 26th
Matt Forte regularly gets mentioned among the league's elite running backs. He is one of the most versatile backs in the NFL, does most of his talking on the field and regularly churns out eye-popping stats. Forte has amassed over 1,000 yards in his last three seasons and also added over 200 catches, over 1,000 yards receiving and eight catching touchdowns over that period. Robbie Dunne | Against...