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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

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

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News you need to know

General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Regardless of turmoil/drama at other positions, Matt Forte keeps on producing week after week - last week, vs. Minnesota, he posted 26/117/0 rushing and 6/58/0 receiving in a Chicago win (21-13), while two games back it was 17/54/0 rushing with 3/27/0 receiving at Green Bay during a blowout loss (14-55). To date, Forte is the #1 fantasy running back in the land (PPR scoring), with 173/733/3 rushing and 67/575/3 receiving to his credit. Plug in Forte at running back each week and smile. The Buccaneers' rush D is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 118.2 yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out to date. Last week, they gave up 31/155/0 to the Washington backs; two games ago it was Atlanta hanging 28/110/1 on the rush D. Advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NE 19 114 0 8 6 54 1 0
10 at GB 17 54 0 7 3 27 0 0
11 vs MIN 26 117 0 6 6 58 0 0
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 18 * * 5 * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 6 * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs GB (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

The Bears' use of Forte against the Packers is puzzling. The Packers entered the week with the NFL's worst rushing defense, and by a double-digit margin over the next team on the list. Despite the fact that all three of Green Bay's losses came when the opponent rushed the ball at least 31 times, Forte only carried the ball 17 times for 54 yards on the Bears' 23 called run plays. As a result, Forte was held under 100 combined yards for the first time since the Week 3 win over the Jets. With Marc Trestman as head coach and Jay Cutler under center, the Bears offense will continue to struggle, as the unit has for the majority of the season. But Forte will be one of the few who continue to put up big games, even if the team's struggles continue over the remaining seven games.

2014 Week 11 vs MIN (26 / 117 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was fantastic Sunday for the Bears. The running back registered 175 total yards on 32 total touches. While the offense still lacked a numerical balance (43 passes, 31 runs), you could tell that head coach Marc Trestman wanted to get as much as he could out of his running back. Forte's 32 total touches marked a season high for the Pro Bowl tailback. Despite the high level of involvement, Forte didn't appear to get bogged down by the workload. On the final play of the third quarter, Forte barrelled through a handful of Minnesota defenders for a 32-yard gain. The run was Forte's best of the season. Expect to see similar box scores from Forte as the season winds down. The Bears will be in must-win territory each week for the next six weeks. The offense will not move efficiently if Forte isn't playing a predominant role.


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Staff Dynasty Rankings

RB Dynasty - 5, 3, 6, 8, 8
Overall Dynasty - 24, 11, 27, 36

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