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Height/Weight: 6-2/218 | Birthdate: 12/10/1985 | Birthplace: Lake Charles, LA, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Tulane | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 5.53
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Matt Forte comes through for Bears Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte managed to come through for Chicago Week 12.

Forte carried the ball 23 times for 89 yards and two scores. He managed to turn in a decent game despite averaging under 4 yards per carry. Forte was also a threat in the passing game, hauling in five passes for 23 yards. Both of Forte's touchdowns came shortly after Buccaneers turnovers.

Forte will look for more Week 13 against the Lions. 


Bears RB Matt Forte turns in strong game Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte turned in a strong game Week 11 against the Vikings.

While Forte didn't find the end zone, he picked up a fair amount of yardage. On the ground, Forte hained 117 yards on 26 carries. He was also a force in the passing game, hauling in six receptions for 58 yards. Forte caught all six of his targets. He finished third on the club in receiving, behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. 

Forte will look for more Week 12 against the Buccaneers. 


Bears RB Matt Forte totals 81 yards in loss vs. Packers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte rushed for 54 yards on 17 carries while adding three receptions for 27 yards in his team's 55-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday night.

Forte found himself neutralized as the game turned ugly early, with the Packers entering halftime with a 42-0 lead. The running back failed to score a touchdown for the first time in five weeks, and he failed to top 100 total yards for the first time since Week 3. He'll look to bounce back against the Vikings in Week 11.


Bears RB Matt Forte turns in strong performance Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte managed a strong performance Week 8 against the Patriots.

Forte gained 114 yards on 19 carries during the contest. He continued to provide value in the passing game, hauling in six receptions for 54 yards and a score. Forte's receiving score came on a 25 yard route where he sold the short pass, and blew past his defender for the score. His receiving ability made him a factor in the second half, when the Bears were getting blown out. 

Forte is on a bye Week 9.


Bears RB Matt Forte scores twice in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was the lone bright spot in his team's Week 7 defeat to Miami at Soldier Field.

Forte had an abysmal first half, rushing for only 11 yards on two carries. He bounced back with a 10-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half and a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He posted 109 yards of total offense, rushing for 49 yards and a score on 12 carries. He led the team with six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a 27-14 defeat.

Forte and the Bears will look to get back in the win column Week 8 at New England.


Bears relatively healthy heading into Week 7 against Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Bears have ruled linebacker Lance Briggs (ribs) and defensive back Chris Conte (shoulder) out for Week 7 at home against Miami. Linebacker Jon Bostic, who is nursing a back injury, was the only player listed as questionable on the injury report for Chicago.

The following players have been ruled probable for Sunday: Tackle Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), running back Matt Forte (not injury related), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadricep, knee), tackle Jordan Mills (foot), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (not injury related) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck).


Matt Forte back to being a monster


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) Going up against what we now know are three of the league's toughest run defenses in the Bills, the 49ers and the Jets, Bears running back Matt Forte looked like a potential bust the first three weeks. Nobody's thinking that now.

With a combined 157 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 at Atlanta, Forte has a combined 150 yards in three straight games. Of course, a large percentage of them are on the receiving end, but that's part of his appeal. His 10 catches in Week 6 give him double-digit catches in back-to-back games and at least five in all six games this season.

He's a monster, particularly in points-per-reception leagues. In fact, the only player I think I'd prefer to him in that format is DeMarco Murray, and that's just because he's the best player period.

So don't think about selling high or anything. This is Matt Forte, this is what he does, and you're lucky to have him. You may have preferred Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy on Draft Day, but he's overtaken them with his consistency.


Matt Forte totals 157 yards, two touchdowns in Week 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte delivered a huge performance in his team's 27-13 Week 6 win over the Falcons Sunday, rushing for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries while adding 10 catches on 13 targets for 77 yards.

Forte broke a tie with his first score late in the first quarter, which came on a draw out of a shotgun formation, then extended the lead on a similar play in the fourth quarter. After going four weeks without a trip to the end zone, the lead back now has three scores in his last two weeks. He's also manged to rack up more than 150 total yards in each of his last three games, and he has 22 receptions in the last two weeks. Forte will look to keep rolling in Week 7 when the Dolphins come to town.


Bears RB Matt Forte explodes as receiver against Panthers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Running ball is usually the forte for Matt Forte. But the Bears featured back proved more effective as a pass-catcher Sunday against Carolina.

Forte set a career record with 12 receptions. He racked up 105 yards, which ranks third all-time since he turned pro. He has been tearing it up as a receiver this season with 36 catches for 299 yards. Among his snags in Week 5 was a 10-yarder that went for an easy touchdown and tied the game at 7-7. Another covered 56 yards. Forte had seven catches for 85 yards in the first half alone.

He did not fare as well on the ground with 61 yards on 17 carries. He will try to pick up the pace in that department next Sunday against the host Falcons.


Yup, Matt Forte's going to be OK


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) The Jets and 49ers entered Week 4 ranked first and sixth against the run heading into Week 4, and Bears running back Matt Forte contributed to that, picking up 33 yards on 13 carries at the Jets in Week 3 and 21 yards on 12 carries at the 49ers in Week 2.

But considering the Jets and 49ers finished third and fourth against the run last year, they probably had more to do with those performances than Forte himself. And Forte seemed to confirm as much with his 122 yards on 23 carries against the Packers in Week 4.

The most encouraging part was he was so dominant in the first half, picking up 80 yards on 17 carries, that it didn't even matter that the Bears had to spend much of the second half throwing the ball in a game where they trailed big. Forte still had his best performance of the season.

Now that his schedule is leveling out, you should continue to trust in Forte on an every-week basis. He proved with his performance in Week 4 that he remains one of the league's most reliable dual-threat backs.


Matt Forte runs wild, but does not visit end zone in Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bears premier back Matt Forte was his usual dominant self Sunday, but that could not prevent his team from losing again to Green Bay.

Forte rushed for 23 yards on the first drive of the game and finished the first quarter with 56 yards on 11 carries. He continued to barrel through the Packers until the lopsided score held him to just two carries in the fourth. Forte finished with 122 yards on 23 attempts and five catches for 49 yards. But despite his first 100-yard game of 2014, he was held without a touchdown for the fourth straight game to open the season.

He will try to sneak into the end zone next Sunday at Carolina.


Matt Forte frustrated by struggles in run game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte is not happy with his production in the run game over the last two weeks. After totaling 82 rushing yards and averaging 4.8 yards per carry in the opener, Forte has totaled 54 rushing yards and 2.2 yards per carry since Week 2.

"It is frustrating during the game," Forte said, per ESPN. "It’s not that we’re not calling runs. We are calling run plays. But sometimes, the defenses are set up so that the run play we call is not going to work against that defense. Each week we’re continuing to work on it, and we’ve got to get everybody on the same page up front. Some guys that are stepping in for injured players, we have to get everybody on the right page where we’re blocking the right looks so if they change the personnel or change to a different defensive front, we know how to block that as well."

The Bears hope to get their ground game going Sunday against the Packers, who rank 30th in rush defense (156.3 yards per game).

"Last year when we played them, [Clay] Matthews didn’t play and that makes a big difference when he’s in the game," Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. "They’re at full strength now. So we need to bring our 'A' game to gain yards and have Matt Forte gain yards. We need to continue to work a balanced attack and give him opportunities."


Matt Forte goes for 76 total yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was held to 33 rushing yards on 13 carries in the win over the Jets, but he played well in the passing game. Forte caught six of seven targets for 43 yards and is up to 19 receptions through three games.

Forte is averaging 3.2 yards per carry entering Week 4 against the Packers.


Matt Forte held to 36 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte couldn't get going Sunday night at San Francisco, totaling 36 yards on 17 touches from scrimmage. Forte ran eight times for 8 yards in the first half and finished with 12 carries for 21 yards.

He added five catches for 15 yards. On the plus side, Forte tied for the team lead with eight targets.

Forte visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.


Matt Forte totals 169 yards vs. Bills in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte proved to be a dual threat Sunday, rushing for 82 yards on 17 attempts and racking up a team-high 87 receiving yards on eight catches in Chicago's 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills.

Forte did a nice job racking up his yardage in chunks, with nine of his plays going for at least nine yards in the game, but he didn't see any looks in the red zone as the offense focused on attacking through the air. Forte surpassed his 169-yard total just twice last season. He'll likely find a harder test ahead in Week 2 when he faces the 49ers.


Matt Forte should live up to billing in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was ranked as a top five Fantasy running back going into the season, and he falls in the top five in both weekly running back rankings from CBSSports.com experts. After setting career highs in rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage in 2013, will Forte get this season started off on the right foot in Week 1 against the Bills?

While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.


Matt Forte not asked to do much in third exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was not asked to do much during Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks. Forte was limited to two series with the first unit. He took his first handoff for a gain of 11 yards and finished the game with 17 yards on three carries.

The 28-year-old led the league in touches last year and doesn't need to prove anything during the preseason. He ranked third with 289 carries, and his 74 receptions also ranked third among running backs in 2013.

Matt Forte trying to break trend


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte, who turns 29 in December, said he is not going to join the list of backs who deteriorate rapidly as they near 30. He told the Chicago Tribune he's aiming to break the stereotype of "old running backs going downhill."

"This offseason I feel better than I have the past five or six offseasons. I got my rest and I know how to take care of my body now,' he said. "Yeah, it is going to be harder and harder every year, but as long as you continue to have your set routine and stick to it, and a lot of prayer too, that helps a lot. Health is the main deal."

Forte led the NFL in touches last year. He ranked third with 289 carries, and his 74 receptions also ranked third among running backs.

"It's hard to take Matt off the field, but for the best interests of the team we should take him off a little bit and get him rested," offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer told the paper. "You say, 'Next drive we are going to take him out.' And you look at him on the sideline and he doesn't look tired, so it is hard to take him out."


Matt Forte expects another big year in new system


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte had a big year in 2013 under new head coach Marc Trestman with a career-high 1,933 yards from scrimmage, which ranked as the fifth most in franchise history, reports ESPN.

In his second year for Trestman, Forte expects to do even better.

"Last year, we had to figure out what we were gonna be good at," Forte said. "And I think that’s just being balanced between the run and the pass. We kind of started out heavy pass early last season, and kind of sprinkling in runs. Then we found out what kinds of runs the O-line likes to block and were good at with the tight ends. Then we started doing different types [of runs]. [Offensive coordinator Aaron] Kromer is good at mixing them up between runs. Being balanced this year and already knowing with the offensive line likes to block is gonna give us a little head start."


Ka'Deem Carey drafted by Bears in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 116th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected running back Ka'Deem Carey from Arizona.

Carey was one of the top backs in the nation, cracking the 100-yard mark in every one of his games in 2013. He totaled 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 5.4 yards per carry despite serving a one-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season. He also had 26 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Carey has a chance to slot behind Matt Forte as the team's second running back in the depth chart.

Bears looking for help behind Matt Forte


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) The Bears plan to add a running back either through the draft or free agency to help ease the workload for Matt Forte, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

No running back in the NFL touched the ball more than Forte in 2013. He had 289 carries and 74 receptions, setting career highs with 1,339 rushing yards and 594 receiving yards.

This offseason, the Bears cut Michael Bush, but all they have now behind Forte is Shaun Draughn, who had four rushes last season, to join Michael Ford, who spent his rookie year on special teams.

The reports says that either through the draft or with a late free-agent pickup, the Bears need a complementary piece, but one who, were Forte to be injured, could carry the load.


Matt Forte: I'm ready for another huge workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte got 363 touches in 2013, his heaviest workload since his rookie year. He produced a career-high 1,933 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns.

Forte, who turned 28 in December, wants another huge workload in 2014.

"That's what I expect," he said, per NFL.com. "It wasn't like I was worn out at the end of the season or anything. ... I think age is just a number like everyone says. It doesn't really matter if someone is 29, 28, 30 years old. It just depends on how their body feels and at the same time if they take care of their body."


Matt Forte strikes three times in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte got off to a fast start as he scored three times during Sunday’s win-or-go-home showdown against the Packers at home in Week 17.

Forte got involved in the passing game and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler late in the opening quarter. He found the end zone again on a 5-yard run and on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. He finished the game with 157 yards of total offense, logging 110 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and 47 yards on four receptions with a touchdown.

Forte ended the year with 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground -- both a career high in a season.

NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Matt Forte ready to bounce back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte will be seeking a bounce-back performance in a must-win home game against the Packers in Week 17.

Forte was limited to a season-low 29 yards on nine carries in Week 16 against the Eagles. He is only 10 yards shy of surpassing his season-high of 1,238 rushing yards set in his rookie season in 2008. He has gone seven straight games without a rushing touchdown. His last rushing touchdown came in Week 9 at Green Bay, where he rushed for 125 on a season-high 24 carries in a 27-20 win.

Forte will be facing a Green Bay defense that has allowed 125.3 yards per game on the ground, which is the seventh most allowed in the league this season. Opposing running backs have scored 18.27 Fantasy points per game this season against the Packers. Consider Forte, who has a favorable matchup, a solid starting option in all formats for the final week of the regular season.