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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%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 5.13
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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.


Matt Forte held to 54 total yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Matt Forte's string of 100-yard rushing games came to a crashing halt at three. The Bears running back ran nine times for 29 yards in the Week 16 loss at Philadelphia, adding four catches on five targets for 25 yards.

The 54 yards from scrimmage were Forte's fewest since he totaled 49 in Week 10. With the game out of hand, Forte and other starters were pulled in the fourth quarter.

Forte should be more of a focal point Week 17 vs. the Packers.


Matt Forte eyes fourth straight 100-yard rushing game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte has rushed for an even 1,200 yards entering Week 16 at Philadelphia. He's gone over 100 yards rushing three straight weeks, and has a career-high four such games this year. With 39 yards he'll break the career high in rushing yards he set as a rookie in 2008.

Forte has averaged at least 4.8 yards per carry in four straight games. His 4.7-yard season average is the second highest of his career. While Forte doesn't have a rushing touchdown since Week 9 -- thanks in part to Michael Bush's vulturing -- he has two receiving scores since then and nine total touchdowns this year. His 66 catches are a career high. Clearly, Marc Trestman's offense agrees with Forte. 

The Eagles rank in the middle of the pack defending running backs. Two CBSSports.com senior Fantasy experts rate Forte a top-5 play Sunday night.


Matt Forte runs for 127 yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte carried the ball 24 times for 127 yards in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Browns. Forte also caught a pass for four yards.

This was the third straight 100-yard rushing game for Forte, who has four on the season. His one reception was a season-low, but the 127 rushing yards were a season-high. The victory marked the fifth consecutive game without a rushing touchdown for Forte, although he did have a receiving score in Week 14. 

Forte faces the Eagles in Week 16. 


Matt Forte has nice Week 15 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte is coming off another impressive performance -- perhaps his best of the season, from a pure yardage standpoint -- having run the ball 20 times for 102 yards and catching seven passes for 73 and a touchdown. 

His Week 15 opponent, the Browns, have been about league average against running backs, but are coming off a game in which they allowed 218 receiving yards to Patriots backs, including 153 to Shane Vereen. 

No other backs have come close to Vereen's totals, but four have gained at least 40 receiving yards against the Browns this year. So while Forte may not reach 100 rushing yards -- no running back has against the Browns this season -- he's still a good bet to gather plenty of total yards and possibly score.

A top-level talent at the position, Matt Forte should be started in most Fantasy formats. 


Matt Forte does whatever he wants Week 14


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte piled up 175 yards from scrimmage in the Week 14 blowout of the Cowboys. He ran for 102 yards on 20 carries, a 5.1-yard average, and caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.

It was Forte's second straight 100-yard rushing game, third this season. He surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth time in his six-year career.

Matching his season high in receiving yards, Forte tallied his ninth score on a 4-yard catch in the third quarter. He tied for the team lead with nine targets.

Forte will try to keep rolling Week 15 at Cleveland.


Matt Forte should run wild in Week 14


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Coming off his second 100-yard rushing game, Bears running back Matt Forte gets a sweet matchup Week 14 when the Cowboys visit Soldier Field. Dallas gives up the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, 23.0 per game.

Dallas did a nice job stopping the run on Thanksgiving vs. the Raiders. But the Cowboys were embarrassed the four previous games, allowing 717 rushing yards and eight touchdowns (two receiving) to running backs.

Forte has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in three straight games. The No. 4 Fantasy running back, he has 58 catches and eight total touchdowns. Look for Forte to run wild Monday night and hurt Dallas as a receiver too.

All three CBSSports.com Fantasy experts rank Forte among the top four running backs this week.


Matt Forte finally has 100-yard game vs. Minnesota


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) It took 11 tries, but Bears running back Matt Forte finally posted a 100-yard rushing game against NFC North rival Minnesota during a 23-20 overtime loss Week 13. Forte rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries, while adding two catches for 31 yards.

Forte needed overtime Sunday to record his 17th game with at least 100 rushing yards and second this season. Forte only rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries in the first half, but he made a big impact midway through the third quarter when he posted a 41-yard carry. Forte had a nice run, as he broke one tackle and evaded a few more before being brought down at the Minnesota 42-yard line.

Both of Forte's 100-yard games this season have come in the last five weeks. However, Forte finished without a rushing touchdown in a fourth straight game and failed to record a touchdown for a second straight game Sunday.

The Bears are back in action Week 14 vs. Dallas.


Matt Forte to play through knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte made it into the lineup Week 13 at Minnesota. Forte was listed as probable after he suffered a knee injury Week 12.

Forte was able to practice in full Friday after sitting out Wednesday and being limited Thursday.


Matt Forte to be probable Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte is probable Week 13 against the Vikings.

Forte is dealing with a knee injury. He's been able to improve all week, going from limited practice Thursday to full practice Friday.


Matt Forte limited in return to practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte (right knee) returned to practice Thursday, helping his chances of making it into the lineup for Week 13 at Minnesota. Coach Marc Trestman said Forte was limited in practice.

Matt Forte unable to practice, but coach says he should play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte did not practice Wednesday, but head coach Marc Trestman said he thinks Forte will play Sunday.

Forte is dealing with a knee injury. He suffered the injury during the Rams' game, but was able to come back in and play. Forte will take on the Vikings Week 13.


Fantasy owners don't want Matt Forte to miss favorable matchup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) The Vikings might catch a break Week 13 vs. Chicago, if Bears star running back Matt Forte is sidelined by a knee injury. Though, Fantasy owners, especially ones vying for a playoff berth, are hopeful the sixth-year running back will be suited up Sunday.

Forte played pretty well against Minnesota in Week 2, rushing for 88 yards and adding 73 receiving yards in a 31-30 win. All Forte failed to do was score a touchdown. Sadly, he hasn't scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games, which is a trend Forte would like to end Sunday, if he's active.

Running backs are averaging 21.5 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is the third-highest average. Running backs also average 93.4 rushing yards and 57.6 receiving yards, while totaling 14 touchdowns (11 rushing) in 11 games against Minnesota.

It's simple -- if Forte is active Sunday, you start him in Fantasy. Though, you might want to stick Michael Bush on your bench in case Forte is inactive and you need a replacement for Week 13.


Matt Forte dealing with knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Bears coach Marc Trestman revealed Monday running back Matt Forte suffered a slight hyperextension of his knee Sunday against the Rams. However, he's optimistic about Forte's status heading into Week 13 at Minnesota.

Matt Forte has 117 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte carried the ball 16 times for 77 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Rams. Forte also caught seven passes for 40 yards, seeing nine targets in the game. Forte did fumble in the game, on the team's first play from scrimmage.

Forte had an eight-yard touchdown called back for a holding penalty in the second quarter, and fell just short of another score in the fourth (replay had him down at the 1-yard line after referees had called the play a touchdown). Forte was also taken out of the game in the second half with what appeared to be a knee injury. He was examined on the sideline for several minutes before being allowed back on the field. 

Forte has averaged about five receptions per game since the Week 8 bye, and has 75 or more rushing yards in three of those four games. 

The Bears face the Vikings in Week 13. 


Matt Forte has nice Week 12 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte has been excellent all season, with just one game of single digit points in standard formats. He's averaging about five receptions and 18 carries per game, with eight touchdowns and six games of 40 or more receiving yards. 

His Week 12 opponent, the Rams, have given up the third-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Over the past two weeks, they've allowed running backs to score four touchdowns, and the 55.3 receiving yards per game the Rams have allowed to backs is the third-highest average in the league. Additionally, four running backs have run for 140 or more yards against the Rams this season. 

Forte is a must-start every game, but his Week 12 matchup should yield a huge return for his Fantasy owners with this favorable matchup. 


Matt Forte turns in solid game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Bears running back Matt Forte turned in a solid game Week 11 against the Ravens.

Baltimore came into the game as a strong team against the rush, but Forte managed to produce. He averaged 4.6 yards on 18 attempts, picking up 83 rushing yards. He was the team's primary weapon with the weather restricting the passing game. When the team was able to pass, Forte proved himself to be a strong target. He caught five of his six targets for 42 and a touchdown. On the run, Forte displayed strong balance despite a slippery field. He broke a few arm tackles before reaching his arms over the goal line. 

Forte will look to continue his strong play Week 12 against the Rams.