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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

6-1, 217Born: 12-10-1985College: TulaneDrafted: Round 2

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Week 8: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matt Forte accounted for both of Chicago's TDs last week, with 12/49/1 rushing and seven targets for 6/60/1 receiving during the game. Two weeks ago, he went over 150 yards combined, with 17/80/2 rushing and 13 targets for 10/77/0 receiving - Forte is a true featured running back, and the TDs have started to flow for him during October. Start him if you've got him! The Patriots coughed up 43/218/1 rushing to the Jets' stable of backs last week, and gave up 23/68/1 rushing to the Bills' backs two games ago. To date the Patriots rank 24th in the NFL averaging 126.3 rushing yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores handed out so far this year. Forte has an attractive matchup this week despite being on the road to New England's house.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 vs GB 23 122 0 6 5 49 0 0
5 at CAR 17 61 0 12 12 105 1 1
6 at ATL 17 80 2 13 10 77 0 0
7 vs MIA 12 49 1 7 6 60 1 0
8 at NE PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 7 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 7 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Bloom 17 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CAR (17 / 61 / 0 rush, 12 / 12 / 105 / 1 rec)

Forte was the best all-around player on the field Sunday, for either team. The Bears' running back gained 61 yards on 17 carries and 105 receiving yards on 12 receptions with a touchdown. Those numbers translate to somewhere in upwards of 20-plus points, closer to 30 points if you're in a PPR league. Forte was all over the field for the Bears, but his fourth-quarter fumble also is the reason Carolina got the ball back in its own territory just before scoring the go-ahead touchdown. Breaking down the numbers, Forte's overall statistics have a very surprising effect on this Bears' team. In the team's two wins: Forte has a combined 36 touches for 112 yards and zero touchdowns; an average of 3.11 yards per play. In the team's three losses: Forte has 85 touches for 506 yards and one touchdown; an average of 5.95 yards per play. If that's not a head-scratching stat, I don't know what is anymore. Running the ball is the best way to set up the pass. The Bears' passing game is, on paper, one of the league's best. So why have every one of Cutler's six interceptions come in games where Forte has touched the ball 25-plus times? The only reason this matters is because someone within the Bears organization surely has noticed this trend. Does this mean the Bears will be a more pass-focused team in the 10 games that remain? Who knows. Anyway, Forte is awesome. Play him always.

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (17 / 80 / 2 rush, 13 / 10 / 77 / 0 rec)

You might not believe this: Forte now is on pace to break Brandon Marshall's all-time Bears single-season reception record of 118. Forte is on pace to finish the season with 123 receptions. The Bears' running back has 22 receptions alone in the past two games; and a whopping season total of 46 through six games, an average of 7.6 per game. Aside from the 10 catch, 77-yard performance Sunday, Forte also ran the ball 17 times for 80 yards with two touchdowns. He's now gone three straight weeks with 25 or more total touches and has found the end zone three times. After a slow start to the season, Forte is back at the forefront of this -- at times -- very potent offense.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (12 / 49 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)

Despite the Bears' struggles Sunday, Forte found a way to have a solid game in the loss. He carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards and a touchdown, along with six catches on seven targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. Forte is arguably the most versatile running back in the NFL right now. The Bears' bell-cow back is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with three touchdowns; and his 52 receptions are 21 and 19 more, respectively, than Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Forte is catching 84 percent of his targets, too. No player is more important to the Bears' offense than Forte. Head coach Marc Trestman hasn't committed to the run as much as some would like (consider me part of the sum), but Forte is still getting his touches elsewhere. He's been the MVP of the team through seven games.

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Schedule

8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Minnesota Vikings
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings