Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Matt Forte, RB, Bears

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #5 15.09 CHI Questionable 7 years 29 6'2 218 @MattForte22

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Nov-18-2015 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (11/18): Forte has been sidelined the past two games with an MCL injury, but is once again an excellent Fantasy option. Every year we predict his demise and every year he makes us look silly. In seven games, he's racked up 767 yards from scrimmage, with 25 receptions and three touchdowns. Once he's healthy, he's a must-start.

Forte set the NFL record for catches (102) by a running back in 2014. He is the third RB in NFL history to catch 100 passes or more. Matt was on the field for 1006 of 1092 (92.1 percent) RB plays, which was the best opportunity for success in the league. Forte finished with 374 touches (23.4 per game) for 1,846 combined yards and 10 TDs. Throughout his career, Matt has never tallied less than 1400 combined yards in a season. He has five 1000-yard rushing seasons and has missed only four games during his seven-year career. Forte's success in the passing game was created by defenses trying to take away Marshall and Jeffery and a poor offensive line. His volume of targets (130) doesn't seem repeatable, as he has never had more than 95 targets in any other season. In 107 games, Forte has scored 57 touchdowns. Last year he had three 100-yard rushing games and one game with more than 100 yards receiving. There's no doubt that the 29 year-old back will be a focal point of the offense again in 2015. This team isn't structured to play a wide-open style with Cutler taking plenty of sacks and throwing too many interceptions. There isn't one RB on the roster with a higher skill set in the passing game or in the running game. Forte has a 1500-yard opportunity as the minimum with high upside in catches. His TD production has never been elite in his career but Matt should be a top-five Fantasy RB in 2015.

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte

Latest Update

Nov-24-15 Bears RB Matt Forte fully expects to play on Thanksgiving

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been sidelined since spraining his MCL on November 1. However, he fully expects to play on Thanksgiving. There appears to be no doubt in his mind that he'll be out there. "I probably could have played last Sunday, but I might not have been able to play coming up this week if something would have happened," Forte said. "Time heals and stuff. Just a couple of extra days will help. I'm good enough to go … I'm excited just to get back out there. Not really a lot of fun watching the games and doing all that and not be able to help your team win, so I'm not really used to doing that. But it's going to be fun to get back out there on the field and help us out. Just looking forward to being out there."

Fantasy Analysis:

From the sound of it, Forte is borderline probable for Thursday's game. It would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up. The big question is how touches will be distributed between Forte and Jeremy Langford. Forte is expected to be the lead back, then again he may be eased back into action. He should be a good but risky play this week. Let's just hope this doesn't turn into a full blown split-back system.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

11/24 - Bears RB Matt Forte fully expects to play on Thanksgiving Injury
11/22 - Bears RB Matt Forte not expected to play Week 11 Injury
11/22 - Bears RB Jeremy Langford is expected to start today
11/22 - Bears RB Matt Forte inactive for Week 11 Injury
11/15 - Bears RB Jeremy Langford expected to start today
11/15 - Bears RB Matt Forte not expected to play today Injury
11/15 - Bears RB Matt Forte inactive for Week 10 Injury
11/10 - Bears RB Matt Forte had a PRP injection Injury
11/9 - Bears RB Matt Forte inactive for MNF Injury
11/6 - Bears RB Matt Forte has been ruled out for Week 9 Injury

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
1.04 Fantasy Taz - Forte is in a great situation and has every chance to finish as the #1 RB in 2014 under Trestman.
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