Matt Forte, RB, Bears
|RB - #5||15.48||CHI||Active||8 years||30||6'2||218||@MattForte22|
2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Dec-12-2015 by Shawn Childs
Week 14 DFS Update (12/12): Forte had some fire at the goal line because he can sense his window as the goal line back is closing in Chicago. The Bears gave him 26 touches in Week 13, which was in line with his early season opportunity. He was on the field for 44 plays, compared to 28 by Langford, so continued success may offer less upside than meets the eye. In his nine games played Forte has averaged 22.6 touches per game, with four TDs and one 100-yard receiving game. The Redskins are league average defending RBs, with five TDs allowed to RBs and a 4.6 YPC average. Playing better, but his touches and TDs have more risk over the last month of the year with Langford still in the mix for playing time.
Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Last week the Bears gave Forte 37 of 67 RB plays, which led to 16 touches for 53 yards. Over the first six games of the year, he averaged 24.5 touches per game with one 100-yard rushing game and three TDs. The emergence of Jeremy Langford is going to steal his upside and I believe Langford will have the edge in goal line touches. The 49ers allow the 3rd-most Fantasy points to RBs, with five teams scoring over 30 Fantasy points. San Fran allows 4.1 YPC and 15 TDs to the RB position (eight in the last five games). Favorable matchup, but he looks to be overpriced based on his expected split role.
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
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2015 Mock Draft Results
August 5th, 2015
|2.05||Team Davis - Needed a RB here as there would be slim pickings in the third. Forte edged out Lynch. He'll catch less passes, but I still think he'll be a top 5-7 RB and 1,500 total yards is doable. (Comments Added Tue Aug 4 12:45:56 a.m. ET 2015)|
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