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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

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): While everything is crumbling around him, Forte still puts up elite fantasy numbers, and stays healthy.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 19 114 0 8 6 54 1 0

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs NE (19 / 114 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)

Forte continues to do great things for the Bears. Sunday against New England, Forte gained 114 yards on 19 carries while adding another 54 yards on six catches and a touchdown--a total of 168 total yards. The Bears' running back has figured out how to have big games even when the Bears are getting blown out by 28 points. He's been able to use the middle of the field to catch the football, even when the opposition knows it's coming. The Bears' opponents have been so focused on limiting the vertical attack that Forte has been given the green light to beat them, if the Bears can string together enough plays of five and six yards to reach the end zone. In the first eight games of the season, Forte has 188 combined touches for 1,052 total yards with six touchdowns. If you think about what the Bears offense would look like without him, you'll quickly realize why Forte will be a part of Marc Trestman's offense as long as he's the head coach. Trestman needs the running back to make his offense go (in theory).

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Schedule

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