Matt Forte Fantasy News

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year deal
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:53am

Brad Biggs, Twitter - [Full Article]

According to beat writer Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:22am

ESPN.com - [Full Article]

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.”

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Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:01pm

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears RB Matt Forte slightly hyperextended knee.

Fantasy Impact:

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Matt Forte expects bigger role in pass game
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 4:27pm

Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

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.’’

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Friday, July 19, 2013, 1:42pm

Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

“In this offense,” Bears RB Matt Forte said Wednesday, “the running back runs a lot of routes and is able to catch the ball a lot.”

Last season, Forte had a career-low 44 receptions and 340 receiving yards. In new coach Marc Trestman’s 10 NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach, his lead back averaged 65 catches a season. Forte, who caught a career-high 63 passes as a rookie in 2008, said that compared to last season, bigger things will be expected of him and he’s ready for a more versatile role.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Forte projected for 54 catches for 471 yards. He looks like a low-end RB1 in PPR formats.

Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:58am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears WR Brandon Marshall set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards last season and the Bears scored 375 points, 22 more than they had the year before, when Johnny Knox led all wide receivers with 37 receptions.

To be a dynamic offense, the Bears have to have multiple threats on a weekly basis. Alshon Jeffery, who missed time in the spring with a hamstring injury, has to be more durable and advance in his second season.

With TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte also in the mix, it's probably going to be difficult for Marshall to match his production from a year ago. That's not a bad thing.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Marshall fourth among our WRs with an ADP of the second round. We do predict a bit of a drop from last year in overall numbers, but the hope is new head coach Marc Trestman doesn't mess with the chemistry too much. Also be aware Marshall had minor surgery to clean up his hip and missed a great part of on-field work in minicamps - as a precautionary measure.

Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:52am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Projecting Bears RB Matt Forte in HC Marc Trestman's offense is exciting. If Trestman relies heavily on what he did while with the Raiders more than a decade ago, Forte will be a dual threat.

Trestman called former Raiders running back Charlie Garner one of his favorite players. Garner made 91 receptions for 941 yards in 2002 and rushed for 962 yards on 182 carries. It might be asking too much for Forte to catch 91 passes, but he sure could top the career-high 63 he had as a rookie in 2008.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Forte 12th among our RBs. Michael Bush, ranked 51st, could still be a threat to take away carries as well as TDs in close, but Forte projects to be a second-round pick and a very high end RB2, perhaps especially in PPR leagues.

Matt Forte to see increased role in passing game
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:54am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Brad Biggs, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) did some work and was limited.

Fantasy Impact:

Forte is expected to play this week against the Lions. Michael Bush is out.

Matt Forte (ankle) misses Wednesday practice
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 5:39pm

Tim Twentyman, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears playoffs hopes are still very much alive, so expect Forte to try to play if the ankle is close. Armando Allen and Kahlil Bell are next up.