Matt Forte Fantasy News
Matt Forte to see increased role in passing game
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:54am
RB Matt Forte says new HC Marc Trestman told him he’s watched a lot of film of Forte running a lot of different kinds of routes and that the Bears plan to incorporate a lot of them into their offense. That’s left Forte with “challenging” work to do to prepare himself for a return to a more versatile offensive role.
“It’s easy to learn what you do, but to actually have to learn the concepts of what the receivers are doing and why I have to run this route to get that guy open … it makes it more difficult, but also more intriguing as a player,” Forte said, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. “I have to learn more than what the ‘H’ does. I’ve got to learn what the ‘F’ does, (and) where he lines up because I may have a situation where I line up as a receiver. I have to learn the receivers’ routes as well.”
An increased role for Forte as a receiver out of the backfield fits with what we’ve heard about shorter drops and quicker throws from the Bears offense this season. It also sounds better than what the team was trying in 2012, although the talk out of Bears camp this year sounded a lot better than the offense looked in 2011. The proof will come in a few months, likely with a healthy serving of Forte as receiver in the mix.
Through five seasons, Forte has averaged 3.56 receptions per game, which yields almost 57 catches when prorated over a full, 16-game season. We have him conservatively projected to catch 54 passes for 471 yards and 1.5 TD, and that makes him the #9 RB in PPR formats. There's some upside here if Forte sees a jump in his per game targets.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:42pm
Matt Forte (ankle) misses Wednesday practice
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 5:39pm
Matt Forte exits with an ankle injury
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 8:16pm
Bears RB Matt Forte exited in the game in the third quarter after re-injuring his troublesome right ankle at the end of a run. Forte was taped up and appeared to be fighting to return to the game, but the Bears were taking no chances with a 28-6 lead.
Forte walked to the locker room with trainers. An announcement he was done for the game soon followed.
Michael Bush placed on IR
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10:45am
Matt Forte practices, looks "fine"
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 5:23pm
Barring a setback, Forte appears to be on track to play in Week 13. This obviously puts a big dent in the upside of Michael Bush.
Matt Forte ankle injury doesn't appear servere
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11:42am
Matt Forte's ankle injury does not appear to be severe enough to threaten him long-term, though his status for this week in question.
Now would be a good time to own Michael Bush... Lovie Smith didn't comment on Forte's injury after the game, nor on Monday. So, we'll likely have to wait until Wednesday for his status. There's a realistic chance the Bears hold Forte out this week, though, and owners should prepare now.