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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:15:43 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is entering the final year of his current contract, according to Spotrac.com. Forte turns 30 years old Dec. 10 and could struggle to find a full-time role in 2016 if he is unwilling to take a drastic pay cut from his current $7.05 million salary and $9.2 million cap hit. Forte's receiving skills will endear him to a team, but he may be required to share carries.
Fantasy Tip: Forte's hands will keep him in the conversation of starting fantasy running backs in 2016, regardless of where he lands. His 2015 outlook is sound. Expect 102 receptions to be way out of reason, given the change at offensive coordinator, Chicago's addition of RB Jacquizz Rodgers, and the sheer loftiness of last year's ridiculous figure. Forte, entering an age-30 season, is a borderline No. 1 fantasy back. Expect owners to overvalue him based on what he has accomplished rather than what is likely ahead.
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:32:12 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he has talked with general manager Ryan Pace about a contract extension but will not be receiving a new deal at this point. Forte would prefer a new deal but is willing to play under his current contract and is not planning to hold out.
Fantasy Tip: Forte will still be the team's starting running back if he does not receive an extension and should be a big part of the offense in 2015. Forte likely will be selected in one of the early rounds of drafts next season and should be a starting option most weeks.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:05:04 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the team's commencement of their voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. Forte was also absent for the beginning of the offseason program, and could be hinting at a holdout as he pursues an extension before the final year of his contract.
Fantasy Tip: We're still not in the critical stages of the offseason yet, so it's not time to start overreacting yet, especially taking into account that the minicamp is voluntary. Assuming Forte eventually shows up and stays healthy, he's a No. 1 RB candidate, especially in point-per-reception leagues.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:29:37 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte didn't make a big deal out of his absence during the team's voluntary offseason program. Forte stressed the voluntary aspect of the workouts and said he'll be present when it counts.
Fantasy Tip: Time will tell if Forte simply isn't attending the workouts simply because they are voluntary, or if he is holding out because he is unhappy with his current contract or whatever else. Forte is a perennial RB1, especially in point-per-reception leagues, but stay tuned to this situation if he misses non-voluntary portions of the offseason program.
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:54:00 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources. Forte is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a new contract.
Fantasy Tip: Forte is looking for a new deal, so skipping the offseason workouts probably is not a big deal at this point. Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if he will report to training camp on time. Forte likely will be selected in the first few rounds of drafts next season if he does not hold out.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:54:07 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte caught his 102nd pass in 2014, passing former NFL FB Larry Centers for the most receptions in a season by a running back.
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:21:16 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte tied a career-low with five carries in the team's Week 13 loss to the Detroit Lions, and he said the team can't afford to repeat the strategy going forward. "It's of the utmost importance, especially if we're playing outside, with the weather and stuff," Forte said. "You can't just sit back there and throw 50 passes a game and expect to win."
Fantasy Tip: Despite topping 20 carries just three times this year, Forte has remained a valuable fantasy back thanks to his 78 catches for 650 receiving yards. He has favorable matchups against Dallas and New Orleans in the coming weeks and should still be considered a solid option at FantasyScore.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:48:56 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8, due to a coaches decision.
Fantasy Tip: This is probably nothing more than a day off for rest, but check back on Thursday to make sure Forte is back on the practice field before committing to him in FantasyScore.
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:49:09 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte averaged 3.6 yards per carry on 17 carries in Week 5, and head coach Marc Trestman said missed assignments and poor technique on the part of the offensive line led to Forte's inefficiency.
Fantasy Tip: While poor offensive line play is never good news for a running back's value, Forte did show his versatility in the game by catching 12 passes, including a touchdown, and finishing with 167 total yards. His ability to contribute in multiple ways makes him one of the safer plays at the position. With a juicy matchup against a terrible Atlanta defense on tap in Week 6, Forte could make a nice piece to build a lineup around at FantasyScore.
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:06:41 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte managed just 136 rushing yards through the first three games of the season, but those three games came against teams with the league's top three run defenses heading into Week 5.
Fantasy Tip: Forte looked back up to speed in Week 4 against the Packers so there is every reason to believe his slow start was a result of the competition and not the result of any type of decline on his part. He will take up 15.2% of the cap ($7,600) at FantasyScore in Week 5, and he could make a solid top back as the Bears face a Carolina defense that currently ranks 27th against the run.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:30:41 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte carried 23 times for a season-high 122 yards and no touchdowns in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added 49 yards on five receptions. Forte went over 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage in the loss.
Fantasy Tip: Forte still failed to find the end zone, but the 100-yard rushing game was his first of the season, and his 49 receiving yards were the most since Week 1. He has managed at least five receptions in each of his four games. He remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues despite his slow start and lack of scores.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:53:28 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte recently voiced his displeasure with the Bears' running game. Though Forte has struggled running the ball this year, he still leads all running backs in receptions (19) and is third among running backs in receiving yards (145).
Fantasy Tip: Forte has still provided consistency in the passing game despite his lack of production in the running game. He'll look for a bounce-back outing against a Green Bay Packers defense that has allowed five total touchdowns to running backs through three games.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:04:49 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has struggled this season, posting just 136 rushing yards on 42 carries through three games, for a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry, and he has yet to visit the end zone on the ground or through the air. However, that could change in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, a team which ranks 30th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 156.3 yards per game. In two games against the Packers last season, Forte had at least 110 rushing yards in each game, and he averaged 5.1 yards per carry while posting 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns while also hauling in a touchdown reception.
Fantasy Tip: Forte's weekly fantasy owners have to be losing patience, and hope this is the week. FantasyScore owners might want to take a leap of faith at $8300 (or 16.6 percent of the salary cap) on Forte this weekend given the favorable matchup.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:17:34 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is frustrated his performance early this season. He currently has a 3.2 yards per carry average and has 54 rushing yards on 25 carries in the last two weeks. "It is frustrating, especially during the game because it's not because we are not calling runs," Forte said. "We are calling runs."
Fantasy Tip: To be fair, the Bears' offensive line isn't at top strength, and Chicago has faced some formidable run-stopping defensive fronts in the last two weeks. Against the Green Bay Packers this week, Forte should have much more real estate to work with on the ground. He's a smart buy at FantasyScore for $8,300 (16.6% of cap).
Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:36:32 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he believes the team could have the top offense in the NFL this upcoming season. "If we keep working hard we're going to take this offense, hopefully, to the top of the league," Forte said. "There's no ceiling. There's no limit that you can put on it."
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:53:30 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte will receive $16,686 as part of the NFL's performance-based pay distribution. Forte will receive the money in 2016.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:55:34 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is OK with the workhorse role and said that is what he expects. "That's what I expect," Forte said. "It wasn't like I was worn out at the end of the season or anything. I only averaged 18 or 19 catches a game but with the catches you get more touches that way."
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 03:32:05 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy notched his third 100-yard rushing performance in the last four games (27 carries, 131 yards) and seventh of the season in his team's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. McCoy won the NFL rushing title going away, finishing with a franchise-record 1,607 yards, easily beating Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, who finished with 1,339. It's the first time an Eagle has won the rushing title since Steve Van Buren in 1949.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 19:16:40 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte fan for a pair of touchdowns in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added another touchdown reception.
Fantasy Tip: Forte wrapped up the season with 110 rushing yards and two scores with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:13:27 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and WR Brandon Marshall were named to the Pro Bowl roster announced Friday, Dec. 27.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:06:40 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall each left the Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles early due to the lopsided score on the board. Forte finished with 29 yards on nine carries, and he added four receptions for 25 yards. Jeffery hauled in six receptions for 76 yards, while Marshall ended up with four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:22:32 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (wrist) left the Week 14 game against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter Monday, Dec. 9. He entered the game with a wrist injury, but it is uncertain if he aggravated that injury or suffered a new ailment.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:48:26 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) is active for the team's Week 13 game.
Fantasy Tip: Forte is a solid starting option at running back for all fantasy owners.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:13:03 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as probable for Week 13.
Fantasy Tip: Forte should be a No. 1 running back for most owners this week.
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:24:08 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 28.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:11:49 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he is optimistic that RB Matt Forte (knee) will be able to play Week 13. Trestman said he believes Forte will be able to do some work during practice Thursday, Nov. 28.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:44:36 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Fantasy Tip: Forte has a slight hyperextension of his knee, but it shouldn't keep him out in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. If he's in there as expected, there's no reason to remove him from your starting lineup.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:05:26 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) is dealing with a slightly hyperextended knee. It is not known if he will be able to practice Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will have to monitor Forte's practice participation during the week to get a better idea of his status for Week 13.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:26:00 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) left the Week 12 game against the St. Louis Rams due to an apparent right leg or knee injury, but he was able to return to the game after getting checked out on the sidelines.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:36:13 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was frustrated by a solid Detroit Lions defensive line that made it difficult for Forte to generate any offense. He ran the ball 17 times for 33 yards and caught four passes for 16 yards, his worst output of the season.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:03:44 -0800
With 5,985 rushing yards to date, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte needs 182 rushing yards to surpass RB Neal Anderson and go into second on the team's all-time rushing list.
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:42:50 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte had 179 total yards from scrimmage in the team's Week 9 win over the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:50:21 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, after getting a planned day off.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:22:47 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is sitting out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 6. It's likely a rest day.
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:53:23 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he believes he could be more involved in the passing game this season under head coach Marc Trestman. "I would expect (to be used more in 2013). Coach Trestman, I think he said he watched a lot of film on me and has seen me run different routes," Forte said. "So we'll get back to catching the ball out of the backfield like we did the prior years."
Fantasy Tip: Forte saw his reception total and receiving yards drop a bit last season but was a solid contributor in the passing game the first four years in the league. Forte probably would be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues if he is more involved in the passing game. Forte should be considered a solid No. 2 running back in all formats.
Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:49:32 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Michael Bush (shoulder, rib) is fully healed from both rib and shoulder injuries he dealt with last season. His role in the team's offense is undefined this offseason under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.
Fantasy Tip: Bush's value last year rested on the laurels of goal-line touches and as the handcuff to Matt Forte. It's unclear if Bush will be the team's go-to goal-line back again, but he'll still be a handcuff option to Forte in deeper leagues.
Tue, 21 May 2013 12:21:53 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte did not participate in practice Tuesday, May 21. Forte is taking part in a two-day USO tour and is visiting troops in Germany.
Wed, 15 May 2013 07:19:44 -0700
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is preparing for a bigger role in the passing game this season.
Fantasy Tip: Forte had career lows in catches and receiving yards last year, but that was due to the offensive struggles the team had. Forte will open things up downfield for Jay Cutler to throw to Brandon Marshall. But Forte has been fragile in the past. How will he hold up this time?
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:47:12 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:48:56 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is probable for Week 17.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:47:30 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) said he has tried everything from a hyperbaric chamber to acupuncture to get his ankle right.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:29:04 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:15:54 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:21:32 -0800
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said Wednesday, Dec. 26, RB Matt Forte (ankle) appears to be walking around the team's facility fine and is optimistic he will play in Week 17.
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:12:45 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) said he expects to play in the team's Week 17 game. Forte injured his right ankle for the third time this season in Week 16.
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:18:38 -0800
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 23, that despite being in a walking boot after the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals, he expects to play in the regular season finale against the Detroit Lions. "I can't see myself missing next week," Forte said.
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:36:49 -0800
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) was wearing a walking boot after suffering a right ankle injury during the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:18:16 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) left the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals due to an ankle injury and he did not return. He finished with 12 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, and added a seven-yard reception before departing.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:51:51 -0800
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said the team could use RB Kahlil Bell in short-yardage and goal-line situations in Week 16 in place of RB Matt Forte. RB Michael Bush (ribs) is out for the season.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:09:06 -0800
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has one touchdown on eight goal-to-go carries this season, giving him just 10 touchdowns on 94 such carries during his career.