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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.