| Running Back, Chicago Bears
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|Draft: 2008 Round 2 (13)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 218 DOB: 1985-12-10 Age: 30
|It has taken a while but it is now time to consider Forte as a top 10 running back in the league and a consistent top 10 fantasy option at the position. While Forte isn’t amongst the flashiest players at his position, he is a solid running back adept at running outside or up the middle as well as being one of the top pass catching backs in the league. In four years, he has topped 1,000 rushing yards twice, came up 71 shorts despite playing through injuries in 2009 and missed by one yard last season despite missing four full games and part of another. In addition, he has topped 50 receptions every season while averaging 498 receiving yards a year. Forte was racking up yards at an incredible clip last year, averaging a league-leading 134.2 yards from scrimmage over the first eleven games before suffering a knee sprain in Week 13 that caused him to miss the rest of the season. He rates just below the top fantasy options at running back and given the question marks surrounding several players in the second tier, you could make a strong argument that he is the top rated second tier fantasy running back. Feel comfortable making Forte the 4th or 5th running back off the board in your draft or auction.
|Bears' Forte talks about his future -- Wed Dec 23 3:34 pm --|
Veteran RB will be free agent after the season
|Bears running back Matt Forte can see the finish line of the 2015 season. The Bears have two games left. Which means Forte’s eight-season tenure in Chicago may only have two games remaining as well. When asked about his desire to remain a Bear in 2016 [Forte said,] "I mean, I want to return. Yeah. But if you’re saying, am I hopeful that I will return? There’s not much to hope for right now. Because like I said, I talked to (the Bears’ front office) earlier and they haven’t said anything back. So there’s nothing really to hope for." (Chicago Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The Chicago Bears and Matt Forte face plenty of uncertainty heading into the off-season. The strong play of Jeremey Langford gives the Bears some leverage in the situation and Forte seems realistic about his value as a running back over the age of 30. Nonetheless, the team has chosen to allow several of its veteran team leaders to depart in recent years. Forte's uncertainty as a free agent will depress his value in dynasty formats this offseason however his YPC of 3.9 in 2014 and 4.0 through eleven games this season suggest he can still be a viable fantasy option if he lands in the right situation.
|Forte active, Langford likely to see more carries -- Thu Nov 26 8:10 pm --|
Bears' top back returning from three-game absence
|There is a report is out that Matt Forte won’t get the bulk of the carries in the backfield even though he’s returning to the lineup. Instead, Jeremy Langford will get the majority of the looks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
This decision would make sense on a lot of levels for the Bears. After all, Forte is coming off of a knee injury that threatened to end his season, so he probably still doesn’t have a lot of zip yet on running plays. In addition, Langford has played extremely well lately, earning more playing time and at the very least an even split on carries as Forte is eased back in. (NBC Chicago)|
FF Today's Take: Rapoport tweeted "Forte to be starter in name only". The report sums up the reasons why nicely, as there is little reason to rush Forte back into 18-20 touches when Langford has played so well in his absence. The obvious concern for Forte's owners is that the Bears decide to play for next year beginning this week or next and simply choose to split carries between the rookie and the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be the rest of the season.
| Forte expected to play Thursday night -- Tue Nov 24 6:00 pm --|
Could have played in Week 11
|Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte said he expects to play Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers after sitting out three games with a sprained MCL.
"I probably could have played last Sunday, but I might not have been able to play coming up this week if something would have happened," Forte said. "Time heals and stuff. Just a couple of extra days will help.
"I'm good enough to go."
FF Today's Take: The big question for fantasy owners is how much playing time will Jeremy Langford see with Forte back on the field. Since Langford played extremely well in Forte's absence we can't expect Forte to assume his normal bellcow workload. A 65-35 split in Forte's favor is a likely scenario.
| Forte "on track" to return for Week 12 -- Mon Nov 23 4:00 pm --|
Participated in an extensive pregame warmup on Sunday
|Reserve RB Ka'Deem Carey suffered a concussion in the Bears' loss to the Broncos, which further highlights the need for Matt Forte (knee) to return for Thursday night's game at Green Bay. Forte participated in an extensive pregame warmup on Sunday, and barring an unforeseen setback, appears on track to play against the Packers. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Foret hasn't played since spraining his MCL in Week 8, which allowed Jeremy Langford to show he was a more-than-capable backup. The rookie's emergence probably means Forte won't see as many touches as he did prior to the injury, but there doesn't appear to be much threat of a committee here either. Owners should expect Forte to remain a fantasy RB1 for the rest of the season, albeit with a slightly lower workload than before.
| Jeffery, Forte inactive for Bears -- Sun Nov 22 11:30 am --|
Out for Week 11
|Bears without Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Antrel Rolle today. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We knew Jeffery (shoulder, groin) was a long shot to play. Forte took the field, doing warmup drills but will sit another week. Jeremy Langford is locked in as the starter.
| Forte, Jeffery miss practice on Thursday -- Thu Nov 19 5:50 pm --|
MCL, groin injuries
|One day after both were limited participants, RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery did not participate Thursday.
Forte has a sprained MCL in his knee and Jeffery a groin problem. One contributing factor to Thursday’s status was the fact the Bears practiced indoors and on artificial turf, which is traditionally tough on those injuries. Jeffery — who the team said also has a shoulder injury — played Sunday, though he caught only three passes. Forte has missed the past two games since hurting his knee at home against the Vikings. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: Forte has already suggested that he has to consider the Bears will be playing on a short week next week, which is a strong hint that he will miss this week against the Broncos and try to go on Thanksgiving. As for Jeffery, Friday's practice report will be critical. If he is forced to miss time, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett figure to be on the receiving end of a lot of targets in Week 11.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to play -- Sun Nov 15 7:30 am --|
Was limited in practice Friday
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery expected to play today despite groin injury; RB Matt Forte not expected to play due to knee injury, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery injured himself late in Wednesday's practice, missed Thursday and was limited on Friday. He's got a tough matchup against the Rams defense but is still worthy of your fantasy lineup. Jeremy Langford should once again lead the Bears running game.
| Forte, Jeffery listed as questionable -- Fri Nov 13 1:20 pm --|
Jeffery was limited Friday
|Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hurt his groin and it was enough to keep him from working with the team on Thursday.
Jeffery got back on the field as a limited participant on Friday, however, and has been listed as questionable to play against the Rams this Sunday. Running back Matt Forte has also been listed as questionable after a week of limited practices.
FF Today's Take: Owners of both Bears will want to check inactives on Sunday morning. It sounds like Jeffery is the more likely to play although both will have a difficult matchup against the Rams defense. St. Louis gives up the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Bears' Matt Forte practices -- Wed Nov 11 7:10 pm --|
RB remains limited with knee sprain
|LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte practiced Wednesday on a limited basis after being sidelined by a knee injury. Coach John Fox says Forte is ''not full-go yet'' but is ''making progress.'' (AP - Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Despite the positive news today, Matt Forte is not close to returning from his knee injury. This means Jeremey Langford will get plenty of work against a Rams defense allowing 104 rushing yards per game this season. Meanwhile, Ka'Deem Carey will continue to spell Langford as the team's primary backup.
| Jeremy Langford steps up for Bears -- Tue Nov 10 11:35 am --|
Rookie RB totals 142 yards, TD in feature role
|Jeremy Langford steeped up in the feature role with Matt Forte unavailable for the Bears, and will likely see more touches even when Forte returns, according to a report by ESPN. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Forte's knee injury opened the door for the Bears to feature Langford, who was the club’s 2015 fourth-round draft choice. Even though Ka’Deem Carey technically started the game, Langford played the majority of the snaps, finishing with 142 all-purpose yards, one TD and a two-point conversion.
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