Matt Forte RB CHI 5 Hrs1 Comment
Forte had 21 yards on 12 carries and 15 yards on five receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the 49ers.
Not only did the Bears play from behind for most of the night, but they only ran 52 offensive plays. Forte's poor performance in a tricky matchup isn't especially concerning, as he was the only Chicago running back to record a touch, after taking 17 of the 18 carries last week. He's playing nearly every snap, and will likely continue to do so in games that are close. On a less positive note, the Bears' next opponent, the Jets, seem to be far better at defending the run than they are at defending the pass. That's true both in terms of early-season results and personnel.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 Days3 Comments
Forte had 17 carries for 82 rushing yards and eight catches on nine targets for 87 receiving yards Sunday against the Bills.
Forte led the Bears in rushing and receiving yards Sunday, although he had to watch tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receiver Brandon Marshall grab the two touchdowns. Backup running back Ka'Deem Carey had only one carry for four yards, showing once again that Forte remains the clear workhorse back in Chicago.
Matt Forte RB CHI 23 Days
Forte had some moderate success on the ground Friday against the Seahawks, picking up 17 yards on three carries.
After he was held to a mind-boggling minus-7 yards over seven carries in his first two preseason contests, Forte finished with a final line more befitting of his talents. He didn't see any targets in the passing game, but after collecting 594 yards on 74 catches last season, he'll enter 2014 as one of the premier backs in both standard and PPR formats alike.
Matt Forte RB CHI 1 Month
Although he lost two yards on four carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Forte gained 22 yards on three receptions.
Forte is oddly sitting at negative-seven yards through seven carries this preseason, but he should start going in the right direction soon enough. The Bears' offensive line has thus far looked good in pass protection, which was the relative weakness last season. Journeyman Shaun Draughn was the only other running back to get a touch in the first half of Thursday's game, and Chicago's lack of a highly-regarded backup could mean more goal-line carries for Forte.
Matt Forte RB CHI 1 Month
Forte lost five yards on three carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles.
More importantly, Forte didn't get hurt. The Bears return all 11 offensive starters, and while everyone remembers Jay Cutler's groin/ankle issues, the team was remarkably healthy on that side of the ball last season, as all the other starters avoided injuries. That kind of injury luck is unlikely to last another year, but on the flip side, there's likely something to gain from continuity. Even if we accept the likelihood that the Bears will deal with more injuries this season, the offense still figures to be one of the best in the league. Forte gets to work behind a line that does a good job in the running game, while opposing safeties are wary of cheating up toward the box with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall casting intimidating shadows over the field. Forte's talent and team context are both still excellent, and he may see added goal-line carries now that Michael Bush is no longer a Bear.
Matt Forte RB CHI 2 Months1 Comment
Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.
Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who excels in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
Matt Forte RB CHI 9 Months
Matt Forte rushed nine times for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.
He added four catches for 25 yards. Forte fell out of the gameplan with the Bears playing from behind and wasn't a factor out of the backfield, finishing with just five targets. He was forced to stay in and pass protect in a game where Jay Cutler was sacked seven times. Forte didn't have any goal-line carries, but was tackled for a safety on a run deep in his own end-zone in the third quarter. He'll need to get back on track in a NFC North showdown with the Packers in Week 17.
Matt Forte RB CHI 9 Months
Matt Forte rushed 24 times for 127 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at Cleveland.
Matt Forte RB CHI 9 Months9 Comments
Matt Forte rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's Week 14 drubbing of the Cowboys.
Forte found a ton of space against Dallas' league-worst fantasy run defense. He also tied with Alshon Jeffery for the team lead in targets with nine. Forte had a ton of lengthy gains, but his biggest was a 34-yard catch-and-run up the right side on a play where the Cowboys defense seemed completely disinterested in tackling. Forte has now eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in seven of his last eight games and remains an elite RB1 play. He's touched the ball at least 21 times in six consecutive games. Forte has a tough matchup against the Browns on the road next week, but he's locked in as a top fantasy back.
Matt Forte RB CHI 10 Months
Matt Forte is active for Week 13 against the Vikings.
Chicago's Week 13 inactives are SS Major Wright, QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs, S Anthony Walters, OL James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, and DL Cornelius Washington.