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Matt Forte | Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Tulane
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Matt Forte had 12 carries for 21 yards in Sunday night's win over the 49ers.
Forte was shut down by the 49ers' run defense, and had five catches for just 15 yards on eight targets. The Bears offense wasn't effective despite scoring four touchdowns, and capitalized off good field position following Colin Kaepernick's second-half interceptions. This might end up as Forte's worst game of the season. Forte has another tough matchup in Week 3 against the Jets. Sep 15 - 12:47 AM

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Matt Forte had 17 carries for 82 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Bills.

He added eight catches for 87 yards on nine targets. Forte played the entire game, with Ka'Deem Carey getting just one attempt. He finished with 169 total yards on 25 touches. Forte's all-purpose role makes him a matchup-proof RB1. He'll take on the 49ers on Sunday Night Football next week.
Sep 7 - 4:51 PM

Matt Forte rushed three times for 17 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night.

Coach Marc Trestman smartly used Forte briefly, in an effort to keep him healthy for the regular season. Forte entered this game with seven carries for -7 yards on the preseason, so his August stats stand at 10-10 on the ground. He has three catches for 22 yards. The lack of preseason rushing success is not a regular season concern. Forte is a consensus top-three fantasy pick.
Aug 22 - 11:13 PM

Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.

Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who fits perfectly in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
Jul 23 - 11:19 AM

Matt Forte rushed 22 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago's Week 17 loss to the Packers, adding four catches for 47 yards and an additional touchdown.

The three-touchdown, 157-yard outburst closes the book on what was easily the best season of Forte's career. Each of his 1,339 rushing yards, 594 receiving yards, 1,933 yards from scrimmage and 74 catches were new career highs. His 10 total touchdowns were his most since 2008. Forte is a dream fit for coach Marc Trestman's offense, but it's fair to wonder how he'll hold up after touching the ball 367 times as a 28 year old this season. Forte was beginning to have durability issues in 2011-12. Either way, he'll remain an RB1 for 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed nine times for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.

He added four catches for 25 yards. Forte fell out of the gameplan with the Bears playing from behind and wasn't a factor out of the backfield, finishing with just five targets. He was forced to stay in and pass protect in a game where Jay Cutler was sacked seven times. Forte didn't have any goal-line carries, but was tackled for a safety on a run deep in his own end-zone in the third quarter. He'll look to get back on track in a NFC North showdown with the Packers in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Matt Forte rushed 24 times for 127 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at Cleveland.

Forte didn't get vultured by Michael Bush, but the Bears did turn to Jay Cutler at the goal-line as he completed two touchdown passes from inside the 5-yard line. It was the only blemish on another impressive day for Forte. He now has at least 20 carries and 100 rushing yards in three straight games and is averaging 4.7 catches per game on the year. Forte is going to shred the Eagles' leaky defense in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's Week 14 drubbing of the Cowboys.

Forte found a ton of space against Dallas' league-worst fantasy run defense. He also tied with Alshon Jeffery for the team lead in targets with nine. Forte had a ton of lengthy gains, but his biggest was a 34-yard catch-and-run up the right side on a play where the Cowboys defense seemed completely disinterested in tackling. Forte has now eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in seven of his last eight games and remains an elite RB1 play. He's touched the ball at least 21 times in six consecutive games. Forte has a tough matchup against the Browns on the road next week, but he's locked in as a top fantasy back.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:55:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 120 yards and caught two passes for 31 yards in the Bears' Week 13 loss to Minnesota.

Forte slashed and cut his way to 151 total yards, after shredding this same Vikings defense for 161 in their early-season meeting. An elite, every-week RB1, Forte will remain in that category against Dallas in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:39:00 PM

Matt Forte is active for Week 13 against the Vikings.

Chicago's Week 13 inactives are SS Major Wright, QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs, S Anthony Walters, OL James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, and DL Cornelius Washington.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Matt Forte (knee) is listed as probable for Week 13.

Forte practiced again on Friday and will start Sunday against Minnesota.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 01:31:00 PM

Matt Forte (knee) returned to Bears practice Thursday.

Forte will be listed as "limited," but he's fully on track to start Sunday's game against the Vikings. Forte played through his minor hyperextension against the Rams, and appeared to still be operating at 100 percent effectiveness. He's a top-five play for Week 13.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 02:04:00 PM

Coach Marc Trestman is fully confident Matt Forte (knee) will play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Forte slightly hyperextended his right knee against the Rams last week but was able to return to the game. It sounds like he sat out Wednesday's practice as a precaution. "I'm still optimistic that [Forte will play on Sunday]," Trestman said. "I feel pretty good that he'll start getting some work [Thursday]. We'll see where he is at, but I'm going in optimistic."
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Forte "slightly" hyperextended his knee against the Rams last Sunday. He did some rehab work Tuesday and plans to play this week against the Vikings. It's a tasty matchup for Forte, who will be a top-three fantasy running back play for Week 13. His status will be updated again no later than Thursday.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 02:32:00 PM

Matt Forte "slightly" hyperextended his right knee in Sunday's loss, and the Bears plan to "see where he is at" on Wednesday.

Forte got rolled up in scary fashion, but returned to the game after getting stretched out on the sideline. He missed only a few plays, and looked no worse for the wear upon returning. Our best guess is that the Bears will ration Forte's practice reps, but that he's in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 02:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Jimmy Clausen
RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Senorise Perry
GLB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Tony Fiammetta
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Santonio Holmes
3Josh Bellamy
WR21Alshon Jeffery
2Josh Morgan
3Rashad Ross
4Marquess Wilson
WR31Santonio Holmes
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Dante Rosario
K1Robbie Gould