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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Forte is trending up as his offense is improving with the return of Jay Cutler, but he could also be traded to a team that won't give him a feature back load upon arrival. Stay tuned.

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs GB 69 24 141 1 8 5 25 0 0 22.6
2 vs ARI 48 15 61 0 5 4 44 0 0 10.5
3 at SEA 44 20 74 0 3 0 0 0 0 7.4
4 vs OAK 66 25 91 0 4 4 64 0 1 14.5
5 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 carries the load (Sun Oct 4, 08:31 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte had 25 carries for 91 yards and four catches for 64 yards in a 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 4.

Our View: Forte was strong in a game that could have been showing him off for potential trade partners. Stay tuned here because it makes all the sense in the world for the Bears to turn Forte into a draft pick.
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Bears | Matt Forte on the trade block? (Sun Oct 4, 10:53 AM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is a player the Bears are willing to listen to trade offers for, but the asking price is believed to be high at the moment, according to a source.

Our View: Teams like Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Denver come to mind right away as potential trade partners. We often project NFL trades like it is one of our fantasy leagues, but this trade rumor passes the sniff test. Jeremy Langford is a good preemptive pickup in deep leagues as the potential starter if Forte is shipped out.
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Bears | Matt Forte probable for Week 3 (Fri Sep 25, 02:50 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Sept. 25, but he is probable for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Bears | Matt Forte limited Thursday (Thu Sep 24, 06:33 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

Our View: Forte is the only Bears asset we're going to trust this week. The Bears are on the road in Seattle facing an 0-2 Seahawks team who could shut them out. Even though he hasn't "officially" been ruled out (oh, that tricky John Fox), we're not expecting Jay Cutler to start. That means Jimmy Clausen could be the Bears quarterback against a defense that gets Kam Chancellor thanks. Forte is a RB2 in Week 3.

Bears | Matt Forte limited Wednesday (Wed Sep 23, 07:30 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 23. The extent of Forte's knee injury is unknown.

Our View: We're not stoked about the Bears matchup against the Seahawks this week. Forte is still a RB1 for fantasy owners, but production may be tough to come by on Sunday.

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