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 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.
EDSFootball | Oct 26th
The Chicago Bears had played much better on the road than at home so far this season, but they largely struggled in a blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
One of the exceptions was Bears running back Matt Forte, who had another strong performance.
Entering the week as the NFL leader in receptions, Forte rushed 19 times for 114 yards and added six catches for 54 yards and a touchdo...