Matt Forte Fantasy News

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. No worries here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Forte is probably just getting a veteran’s day off.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. There was no mention of the minor hand injury that Forte suffered in Week 5, so he’s good to go for a great matchup with a leaky Falcons rush defense.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Forte got a day off on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Forte is just getting a day of rest, though he did bang his hand in Week 5. We’ll monitor his practice activity throughout the week.

Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey will back up Matt Forte

Friday, September 5, 2014, 9:34am

Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

Bears rookie running back KaDeem Carey will be the first in line behind Matt Forte on Sunday, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

Trestman said Carey “got up to speed very quickly” this preseason.

“We don’t really know how it will transition to the real deal on Sunday and the weeks to come,” Trestman said. “But he’s learned the right at this point to have the first shot.”

Fantasy Impact:

Shaun Draughn is no longer the correct handcuff for Forte. Owners should pick up Carey instead.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:58pm

Chicago Sun Times - [Full Article]

The team is searching for two players to back up Matt Forte and waiting for runners to separate themselves.

‘‘We haven’t been productive,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘We’re playing against a very good front during practice, but we haven’t shown that productivity. We hope that’s not an indication.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Ka’Deem Carey has 23 carries but just 59 with one TD in the preseason. Shaun Draughn, the veteran, does have NFL experience but isn't a guy the team spent a draft pick on so he may not have that extra edge Carey likely does.

Shaun Draughn in the lead for Bears' RB2 job

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:12am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Shaun Draughn was the first back to get action behind Matt Forte for the second straight game. He’s been listed as the No. 2 on the depth chart that is worth about as much as the paper it is printed on. But Draughn has bounced around enough to know he hasn’t nailed down anything just yet.

“I don’t have the No. 2 job so I don’t have it to lose,” he said. “I’m gunning to make the team. No. 2 or No. 3 it doesn’t matter. When I make the team, I will help wherever they want me.”

Draughn carried the ball three times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards. A 14-yard reception was wiped out by a holding penalty against left tackle Jermon Bushrod. He’s clearly ahead of fourth-round pick Ka’Deem Carey right now even though the 26-year-old Draughn doesn’t have a whole lot of NFL experience to draw from.

Fantasy Impact:

Draughn doesn't have much standalone value, but Matt Forte owners (or those that want to mess with the Forte owner in their league) may want to consider Draughn in the final rounds as a handcuff.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:54am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears RB KaDeem Carey excelled in pass protection Monday. He stood up linebacker Jon Bostic when Bostic blitzed between the center and guard. He stayed square and obstructed Bostic long enough for the pass to be thrown. Later, he picked up linebacker Christian Jones on a stunt inside, demonstrating enough awareness not to be fooled. It was a promising showing in an area in which coach Marc Trestman demands his backup running backs to be reliable.

Fantasy Impact:

Carey is competing for snaps behind Matt Forte. If he can continue to show well in pass pro, he'll likely win the job and be Forte's primary handcuff.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 11:12am - [Full Article]

With each passing day, Marquess Wilson seemingly tightens his grasp on the Bears’ No. 3 receiver position behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

The second-year pro has made plays throughout training camp, most recently leaping to catch passes down the left sideline over Kelvin Hayden Friday and Charles Tillman Saturday.

“Right now [Wilson] is on track to be the third [receiver],” said coach Marc Trestman. “But we’re still working with the other guys to make sure that we get it right, and everybody’s getting reps to have the opportunity to be that guy.”

Fantasy Impact:

It will be hard for Wilson to make a fantasy impact with Marshall and Jeffery also at the position, as well as RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett also in the mix for catches.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:21pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears RB KaDeem Carey changed directions without breaking stride on separate outside runs during team drills. That’s one reason why he’s tough to tackle. His vision and smooth feet helped him stay at top speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Carey is competing for the right to back up Matt Forte.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:27am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Bears RB Matt Forte has shown no signs of slowing, even though he's third in the NFL in touches since 2008 with 1,892 (1,551 carries, 341 receptions). His burst is still there.

At a position notorious for grinding up players and spitting them out in short order, Forte is still a main cog in an offense that now features big-time options in the passing game. He's meticulous in preparation and works routinely with a physical therapist to keep his body tuned to avoid injuries.

"Playing this long, you know what the routine is," Forte said. "You know what to do and how to do it."

Fantasy Impact:

Forte is a top RB this year in any format and is going as early as the middle of the first round. He's especially a top PPR RB hauling in 74 catches last season. We predict him for 72 more this season and he's our number-two PPR RB.

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:42pm

Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

Question Bears coach Marc Trestman about how Matt Forte can improve during training camp and he practically does a Kennedy impression.

Ask not what Matt Forte can do for the Bears. Ask what the Bears can do to help their Pro Bowl running back top the best season of his career.

‘‘We continue to ask ourselves, ‘How can we help him?’ ’’ Trestman said this week at Olivet Nazarene University. ‘‘ ‘How can we find plays that we can allow him to use his talents?’ We’re working in that direction.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Forte had his best fantasy season under new coach Marc Trestman, who utilized Forte heavily as a receiver — he caught a career high 74 passes — while also feeding his star back the ball in the running game (289 carries, the second highest total of his career). Expect more of the same in 2014.

'No surprise' if LeSean McCoy matches '13 workload

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:15am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia...

The pressing question: Will Chip Kelly lighten LeSean McCoy’s workload?

On his way to setting the franchise record for rushing yards, McCoy led the NFL in carries (314) and touches (366). Only Chicago's Matt Forte played more snaps. The Eagles added Darren Sproles in the offseason. Does that mean they want to give McCoy more of a breather in 2014?

The answer, as I see it, is no. McCoy often mentions how his running style lends itself to fewer big hits, and the numbers suggest there could be something to that. In the Eagles' final four regular season games, he piled up 519 yards and averaged 6.3 YPC. In the fourth quarters of games, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC, according to STATS, Inc. In other words, there were no signs that his production took a hit because of the heavy workload.

McCoy is only 26 years old and the focal point of the Eagles' offense. Matching last year's number of touches would be no surprise. Assuming health, he's as close to a lock as there is to finish as one of the top three rushers in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

Due to the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews, and the expected emergence of Zach Ertz, we would be surprised if the Eagles didn't lighten McCoy's workload a bit. We currently have him projected for 337 touches, which represents an 8 percent drop in touches. He's still a top 3 RB in both PPR and standard formats.