Matt Forte Fantasy News
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:27am
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."
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
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.’’
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.
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.
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.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:26pm
Bears RB Matt Forte had 363 touches last season, the second most of his career. It was the first season since 2009 in which he had more than 300. As he approaches his 29th birthday in December, let's see whether the increased contact affects his power, explosiveness and endurance. In training camp and exhibition games, at least, it seems logical for the Bears to get Forte the work he needs but not a touch more. Besides, the backs behind Forte need repetitions to answer many questions. As is the norm with backups, those center on pass protection. RB KaDeem Carey commands the brightest spotlight. GM Phile Emery evaluates two criteria: toughness and reactive instincts for finding the correct defensive rusher. Carey "has shown that repetitively," Emery said after the Bears drafted him.
The Bears RB1 job still belongs to Forte, but it's a good sign Carey is gaining at least a little praise for his pass protection early on. With Michael Bush gone, Carey appears next in line for work if something were to happen to Forte. According to this story, he's considered a roster lock. Tony Fiammetta is considered a good bet while Michael Ford, Shaun Draughn, Jordan Lynch and Senorise Perry are competing for one spot.
Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:14pm
Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith has compared RB Charles Sims – as a type of player – to the Bears' Matt Forte, and draft analyst Rob Rang makes the same link. The author praises Sims' "impressive burst," "hand-eye coordination," "body control" and "soft mitts" and says those traits fit in well with the system new Offensive Coordination Jeff Tedford is installing in Tampa. The reason that Rang believes Sims could contribute significantly early on isn't necessarily positive, but it's a fair point: Josh McCown will need good protection up front to allow his crew of huge pass-catchers to get downfield, and it's not yet known how strong the Bucs' offensive line will be. Rang would not be surprised if Sims, who was seen as something of a head-scratcher of a pick in early May, looks like a steal instead a month or two into the season.
The arrival of Sims has taken a good amount of wind out of Doug Martin's sails, causing his ADP to slip into the 2nd/3rd rounds. This is a new regime, so Martin's role is far from safe, though we still see him as the lead back in Tampa.
Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:34pm
Bears.com writer Larry Mayer answered a question about RB KaDeem Carey: Q: I thought running back KaDeem Carey was a steal in the fourth round of the draft. How many carries do you see him getting this year? A: That’s difficult to say, primarily because starter Matt Forte is such a versatile three-down back who’s capable of running inside and outside as well as catching passes. I know the coaching staff has a hard time taking Forte off the field, and who can blame them? Interestingly, the Bears’ backup running back got 112, 114 and 114 carries in Lovie Smith’s final three seasons as coach, but only 63 last year in Marc Trestman’s first season. With that being said, I think that Carey has the potential to be more productive than predecessors Chester Taylor (267 yards and three touchdowns in 2010), Marion Barber (422 yards and 6 TDs on 2011) and Michael Bush (411 yards and 5 TDs in 2012 and 197 yards and 3 TDs in 2013). But Carey must first prove that he can learn and execute pass-blocking assignments because protecting the quarterback is vital in Trestman’s offense. If you want me to guess, I’ll say that Carey will get 80 carries this season barring a serious injury to Forte, which breaks down to five per game.
It sounds like Mayer thinks Carey has the chance to play more of a role than Bush did last season. Carey seems like a guy to grab later in drafts as a potential handcuff to Forte, especially when you consider Forte will likely be one of the top-five RBs off the board later this summer. Of course there is some risk with drafting handcuffs and Carey may not get all of Forte's workload should Forte get hurt, but it's a situation worth monitoring if you plan to protect or draft Forte.
Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright was asked about the team's WR3: "I think Marquess Wilson is that extra receiver you’re thinking about. He’s a rising second-year player, coming off an offseason in which he trained out in Florida with Brandon Marshall. And you saw what training with Marshall did for Alshon Jeffery. The plan right now is to give Wilson first dibs at that No. 3 receiver job, and I think the staff is pretty confident he’ll wind up winning it. Wilson was a highly-productive player in college, and was able to step in as a rookie last season and contribute. I think Jay Cutler is pretty comfortable with Wilson, too."
The Bears' WR3 last year (Earl Bennett) wasn't a featured player in the offense, so we're not expecting Wilson to be one of the more productive WR3s in the league unless something happens to Marshall or Jeffery. The team has a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game with Martellus Bennett at tight end and Matt Forte at running back.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."
The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.
According to beat writer Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.
No numbers have been released yet, but they are bound to be big given how quickly this deal went down. Cutler averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in the 10 games where he attempted at least 10 passes. That average tied Ben Roethlisberger for 16th among QBs. Under Marc Trestman, the Bears threw early and often, and the offense has a bright future given the weapons (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett) at Cutler's disposal.
Friday, November 29, 2013, 5:59pm
Bears RB Matt Forte (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 13. Forte is good to go for a great matchup against the Vikings.
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:22am
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte missed practice on Wednesday because of a hyperextended right knee, but coach Marc Trestman sounded confident that Forte will play in Sunday’s NFC North divisional game against the Minnesota Vikings. “I’m still optimistic that [Forte will play on Sunday],” Trestman said. “I feel pretty good that he’ll start getting some work tomorrow. We’ll see where he is at, but I’m going in optimistic.”
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:40pm
Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Forte tweaked his knee in Week 12, but finished the game. He should be fine for a great matchup against the Vikings.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:01pm
Bears RB Matt Forte slightly hyperextended knee.
Forte has a nice matchup this week against the Vikings. The tweet said they will see where he is at Wednesday, but Forte was able to return to the game so he should have a good chance to play in Week 13. If you're an owner, it's a good time to go out and get Michael Bush if you haven't already.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 1:45pm
After watching film of the Chicago Bears' 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions, coach Marc Trestman said Monday morning that he should've pulled injured starting quarterback Jay Cutler before the team's final offensive possession. Three weeks removed from a torn groin muscle, Cutler played almost the entire game, despite suffering a left ankle injury late in the first half that adversely affected his performance following halftime. Josh McCown replaced Cutler on the team's final drive and led the Bears to a touchdown, but the offense failed to convert on two chances to add a two-point conversion.
Trestman added that he "really doesn't know" if Cutler can play this week, and he figures to know more later in the week. There's no need to rush him back with the way Josh McCown has played, including Sunday when he drove the Bears down the field for the potential game-tying TD, only to see Matt Forte come up short on the two-point conversion run.
Bears RB Matt Forte is looking forward to a larger role in the passing game, not just more receptions, but more yards per catch. He has touchdown catches of 89 and 56 yards in his five-year career. ‘‘I’m just excited about getting back to getting out of the backfield and running routes and catching balls. Not just running the ball, but getting the ball out in space,’’ Forte said. ‘‘It’s a different way of running the ball. After you catch it, you’ve got to run with it. So instead of handing it off, you get the ball out in space, and that gives you more opportunity to make big plays.’’
Not using Forte last year is one of the reasons Lovie Smith lost is job, according to the story. That bodes well for owners this year, especially in PPR formats. Last year, Forte caught 44 passes for 340 yards which were both career lows. He could still lose goal line carries to Michael Bush, but overall having Forte fall to you in the early second round should be a nice bargain.
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