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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

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

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Forte was unable to practice on Thursday last week due to his injured knee, he was limited in the other sessions, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. Forte (knee) went through an extensive pre-game workout Sunday, November 22, though, and appears on track to play Thursday, November 26.

General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 24): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.

Week 12: at Green Bay Packers

All RB vs GB

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The first time these rivals met this year in Week One, Matt Forte had a huge game during the losing effort with 24/141/1 rushing and 5/25/0 receiving. Since then, Forte has missed time due to a knee injury, but he is expected back for this game. In his absence, Jeremy Langford has been a solid replacement, with 78/250/5 rushing and 15/227/1 receiving to his credit. In fact, Langford has scored twice as many TDs this year as Forte (136/548/2 rushing with 25/219/1 receiving over seven games played), in fewer starts. We'll see how the Bears allocate touches on the football with Forte back in the saddle. The Packers are ranked 18th-worst in the NFL averaging 16.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing backs over the past four weeks (four games played). They have coughed up an average of 114.0 rushing yards per game (22nd in the NFL) with nine rushing scores given away to date. Last week, Adrian Peterson and company were limited to 18/94/1 rushing vs. Green Bay, a solid outing for a so-so defensive unit. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Forte/Langford duo.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIN 29 10 41 0 4 4 28 0 0 6.9
12 at GB 37 15 44 0 1 1 9 0 0 5.3
12 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 3 * * * *
12 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 4 * * * *
12 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 8 vs MIN (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

It was a rough day for Matt Forte. Chicago's lead running back exited the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to his knee, according to the Bears. Before departing, Forte gained 41 yards on 10 carries to go along with four receptions for 28 yards. Forte looked good prior to being injured, averaging over four yards a carry. He found the most space when running to the outer edges of the offensive line, just inside the tackles.It appeared as if offensive coordinator Adam Gase was trying to get Forte some different looks out of the backfield -- delayed handoffs and a Wildcat formation. The loss of Forte is huge for the Bears. Head coach John Fox did not know the extent of Forte's injury when asked after the game. If Forte is unable to suit up next week, rookie Jeremy Langford will get the start.

2015 Week 6 vs DET (24 / 69 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte received 27 total touches against the Lions -- 24 carries for 69 yards and three receptions for 20 yards. It wasn't the most productive outing for the Bears' bellcow back. The Bears gave Forte every opportunity to have a big game, but he consistently struggled to break through the first level of the Lions' defensive line. His longest rush of the game only went for 11 yards. Had the offensive line played better, Forte's day likely would have gone much differently. The Bears still are rolling out a makeshift offensive line, with Charles Leno Jr. in for Jermon Bushrod at left tackle and rookie Hroniss Grasu in for Will Montgomery at center. The lack of continuity on the line has stifled any and all growth in the run game. Forte still is one of the best and most dangerous running backs in the league. He should benefit from a healthier offensive line when the Bears return to action following the bye week.

2015 Week 5 vs KC (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)

Matt Forte did a little bit of everything in Sunday's 18-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bears' bell-cow back carried the ball 18 times for 71 yards and caught five passes for 38 yards and the game-winning touchdown. While Forte averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, he did so running behind a makeshift offensive line, playing without starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod and starting center Will Montgomery. What makes Forte so valuable is his ability to find space to make a play when the pocket collapses on Jay Cutler, which happened more than a handful of times throughout the game. The Cutler-to-Forte touchdown that won the game is a perfect example. A low snap forced Cutler to get rid of the ball much faster than he wanted, with pressure in his face, only to find Forte in the end zone on a wheel route. It was a thing of beauty. As long as the Bears are shorthanded at the receiver position, Forte will continue to see additional touches.

2015 Week 4 vs OAK (25 / 91 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte got back to doing Matt Forte-like things in Sunday's win over the Raiders. The versatile tailback contributed 155 all-purpose yards (91 rush, 64 receiving) on 29 touches (25 carries, four catches). With Jay Cutler back in the lineup, Forte benefitted from a quarterback who is able to move the ball downfield, as opposed to Jimmy Clausen. There was a flow to Adam Gase's play-calling, and it largely was because of Forte's ability to do so many different things on the field. At one point during the first half, Forte ran a play out of the Wildcat. It was somewhat of a shock to see. While the play didn't fool the Raiders' defense, it's good to see Forte's role expanding beyond what we've seen in recent weeks. One could make the argument that the Bears are simply trying to showcase Forte in as many ways as possible in hopes of increasing his trade value.

2015 Week 3 vs SEA (20 / 74 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte did about the best he could Sunday against the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Running behind an offensive line that was without left tackle Jermon Bushrod for much of the game, the Bears' bell-cow back gained 74 yards on 20 carries in a game that ended in a 26-0 defeat. At one point, Forte limped off the field after taking a hit that wrenched his knee in an awkward direction. While he did return to the game, he was largely ineffective. Jimmy Clausen, who started the game in place of Jay Cutler, threw for only 63 yards on the day. Without a passing game to stretch the defense, Forte really was set up for failure at every turn.

2015 Week 2 vs ARI (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte's usage came down a bit Sunday against the Cardinals. After touching the ball 29 times in the Week 1 loss to Green Bay, the Bears scaled back Forte's workload to 19 touches. The running back gained 61 yards on 15 carries and 44 receiving yards on four catches. The Bears rushed the ball 28 times as a team despite trailing the entire game. John Fox clearly is committed to running the football, and that's not going to change anytime soon -- especially if Jay Cutler misses any time due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the loss. Life for Forte won't be as easy without Cutler, as strange as that sounds. He struggled to find holes at the line of scrimmage when Jimmy Clausen took over under center. Unlike Forte, Clausen is not a threat to burn a defense. This definitely is something to keep an eye on this week as the Bears prepare for the Seahawks.

2015 Week 1 vs GB (24 / 141 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte turned in a vintage Matt Forte performance in Sunday's loss to the Packers. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 24 rushing attempts in the new-look offense run by first-year coordinator Adam Gase. For the first time in a long time, running the football appeared to be a priority of the coaching staff. Forte actually was utilized in the run game in all four quarters, despite the Bears playing from behind for much of the second half. It wasn't Forte's speed that gained him 141 rushing yards, it was the moves he displayed after breaking through the line of scrimmage. He was juking Packer defenders left and right. Behind a makeshift offensive line that saw right guard Kyle Long move to right tackle before the game, Forte ran better than expected. And you should expect even better things from him as the line syncs up.


Latest News

Bears | Matt Forte will play in Week 12 (Thu Nov 26, 06:52 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) is officially active for the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: He's supposed to be a starter in name only as Jeremy Langford will probably see half if not more of the carries. Forte is safe only as a low end RB2/high end RB3 against Green Bay.
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Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery questionable (Wed Nov 25, 03:21 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) are both listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26.

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Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery expected to play (Tue Nov 24, 05:29 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin) are both expected to suit up in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26. Both players said they were feeling fine after practice Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Our View: Both players missed the Week 11 game against the Broncos with the idea they could be ready for Week 12. Against the Packers, Forte is a RB2 and Jeffery is a WR3/flex for fantasy owners.
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Bears | Three Bears limited Tuesday (Tue Nov 24, 03:28 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), RB Matt Forte (knee) and TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) were limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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Bears | Matt Forte with limited practice (Mon Nov 23, 04:56 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited in practice Monday, Nov. 23. However, the Bears didn't actually practice Monday, so Forte's designation is an estimation.

Our View: The Bears play on Thanksgiving against the Packers. The game is at Lambeau, so getting Forte back would boost the Bears offense. With the way that Jeremy Langford has played, we could see Forte get used a bit less than his normal workload (if he plays) against the Packers.
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