April 28, 2016

Overall Ranking

965 '15 '14 '13
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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    OAK @ NYJ

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NYJ @ GB

  • Week 3 - Sep 22

    CHI @ NYJ

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    DET @ NYJ

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    NYJ @ SD

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DEN @ NYJ

  • Week 7 - Oct 16

    NYJ @ NE

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    BUF @ NYJ

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    NYJ @ KC

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    PIT @ NYJ

  • Week 11 - Nov 16


  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    NYJ @ BUF

  • Week 13 - Dec 01

    MIA @ NYJ

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NYJ @ MIN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    NYJ @ TEN

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    NE @ NYJ

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    NYJ @ MIA

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    BUF 28 @ NYJ 48

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    NYJ 10 @ PIT 27

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    NYJ 23 @ MIA 20

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    SF 34 @ NYJ 0

  • Week 6 - Oct 08

    HOU 23 @ NYJ 17

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    NYJ @ NE

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    MIA @ NYJ

  • Week 9 - Nov 04


  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    NYJ @ SEA

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    NYJ @ LAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 22

    NE @ NYJ

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    ARI @ NYJ

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    DAL 24 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    JAC 3 @ NYJ 32

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    NYJ 24 @ OAK 34

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    NYJ 17 @ BAL 34

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    NYJ 21 @ NE 30

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    MIA 6 @ NYJ 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SD 21 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 30


  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    NYJ 27 @ BUF 11

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    NE 37 @ NYJ 16

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    BUF 24 @ NYJ 28

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    NYJ 34 @ WAS 19

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    KC 10 @ NYJ 37

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NYJ 19 @ PHI 45

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    NYG 29 @ NYJ 14

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    BAL 10 @ NYJ 9

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    NE 14 @ NYJ 28

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    NYJ 31 @ MIA 23

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    NYJ 38 @ BUF 14

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    CHI 23 @ CAR 6

    22 rushes

    166 rush yards

    2 TDs

    2 receptions

    22 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    NYJ 24 @ DEN 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24


  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    GB 9 @ NYJ 0

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    NYJ 23 @ DET 20

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    NYJ 26 @ CLE 20

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    HOU 27 @ NYJ 30

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    CIN 10 @ NYJ 26

  • Week 13 - Dec 06

    NYJ 3 @ NE 45

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    MIA 10 @ NYJ 6

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    NYJ 22 @ PIT 17

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    NYJ 34 @ CHI 38

    19 rushes

    113 rush yards

    1 TDs

    4 receptions

    56 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CHI 3 @ GB 10

    15 rushes

    91 rush yards

    0 TDs

    8 receptions

    60 rec yards

    0 TDs


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Matt Forte

New York Jets

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                          RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats         203      997      3        52        76        490      1         172.7     14.4

2010 Stats         237    1069      6        51        70        547      3         215.6     13.5

2009 Stats         104      357      1        57        72        471      0         164.0     10.3

2008 Stats         113      499      4        63        77        477      4         243.5     15.2

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Three-down back with serious ball-catching skills

(+) Even though he missed four games last year, Forte still has the fifth-most yards from scrimmage over the last two NFL seasons

(+) Prior to his season-ending injury, Matt Forte was having his best year as a pro in 2011

(+) No doubt, Forte is guaranteed to get you at least 50 catches a year

(–) Not really a big TD guy

(–) With more weapons at receiver than ever before, there is NO WAY he has 50% of the Bears offense ever again

(–) Michael Bush would be a legit starter for many other teams and should get plenty of carries

(–) Forte is holding out for the moment, and not only can holdouts lead to injuries, but they can also lead to a decline in production (SEE CHRIS JOHNSON IN 2011)

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2009 Review

So how many people did Matt Forte end up disappointing last year?  Well, approximately 25.5 million folks play fantasy football, so depending on the size of your league, that would mean at least 2 million fantasy footballers regretted their first or second round selection of the Bears RB, and that number could potentially jump up to somewhere around 3 million or so.  Add to that all the Chicago Bears fans around the world and you’re looking at a disappointment level possibly matching the population size of Switzerland!  All anyone was hoping for was for Matt to match his 2008 rookie numbers, but quite frankly, he didn’t even come close.  He trailed his rookie output by more than 300 yards as he gained well under 1,000 (929) on the year.  His 3.6 YPC was abysmal, but even worse was his TD total as he put up just one-third of the amount he did in 2008 (12 to 4).  One positive you could take out of his 2009 campaign, though, was that his receiving numbers were pretty well matched from the year before.  His 57 receptions out of the backfield ranked him third in the league behind Ray Rice and Tim Hightower, but like everything else about Forte’s year, those zero receiving TDs in the stat-book left fantasy owners bummed out once again.

~  Ranked 18th in the league with 158.0 RB fantasy points (basic scoring system)

~  Tied for 31st in the league with 4 rushing touchdowns

~  Tied for 93rd in the league with 4 total touchdowns

~  Ranked 18th in the league with 929 rushing yards

~  Ranked 22nd in the league with 58.1 rushing yards per game

~  Ranked eighth in the league with 258 attempts

~  Tied for 30th in the league with 3 rushes of 20+ yards

~  Tied for 25th in the league with 39 rushes for first downs

~  Lost 5 fumbles on the year

~  Ranked third among running backs with 57 receptions

~  Ranked fourth among running backs with 471 receiving yards

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

The news that came out of Chicago this past offseason doesn’t bode well for Forte’s chances at a turnaround season.  On February 1st, the Bears hired notorious RB-killer, Mike Martz, to help turn around their lackluster offense.  The only running back to ever do well in a Martz-run system was future Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk… and even though they have the same initials, Matt Forte is no Marshall Faulk.  Steven Jackson, Kevin Jones, and Frank Gore all failed to put up their average numbers under Martz, and although they all caught a bunch of balls out of the backfield, none of their rushing totals matched what they had done in years prior or after.  And even if Forte does somehow excel in the new pass-happy scheme, the news still didn’t get any better for Forte that next month.  In March, the Bears decided to join the majority of the NFL and move to more of an RBBC attack instead of going with the one headliner like they have in the past.  Enter Chester Taylor, a running back who seems to blend in perfectly with what Mike Martz will be trying to do in 2010.  So basically, taking Forte in your fantasy draft and thinking he will be a productive starter for you will require a major leap of faith, but it’s possible.  With a little bit of luck, you never know, he might just surprise some people in the coming year.

~ A Martz-led offense will surely keep his rushing totals at bay, but could provide him with a ton of PPR value

~ Chester Taylor will almost certainly be on the field for about one-third of the team’s offensive play

~ Forte definitely has more talent than Taylor, so if he puts it to use, he might turn into a major fantasy sleeper by mid-season

~ The hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in 2009 are completely gone, so the 2008 version of Forte should return

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Matt Forte (@chitownforte22) can be followed on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/chitownforte22



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Featured Pieces

2008 RB Draft Class


Has the Bears Curse flowed over into the second round?

Forte becoming a flop???


On the other hand, the Bears could be dealing with yet another off-season arrest:

Forte vs. Benson

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Forte signed a four-year, $3.781 million rookie contract back in July of ‘08.  The deal contained $2 million guaranteed, including a $1,533,333 signing bonus, with another $528,167 available through incentives, but unlikely to be earned.  The remaining years of base pay are outlined below:

2010 - $470,000

2011 - $555,000

2012 - Free Agent

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Chester Taylor is an absolute must as a handcuff to Forte this year

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - Chicago Bears


View Overall Strength of Schedule Chart

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Injury Report


Although Forte dealt with hamstring and knee issues last year, he still hasn't missed an NFL game

Backs Scheduled to Work in Tandem n Thanksgiving


Pyro's take: Exactly the kind of news owners DO NOT want to hear. Forte will start in name only, it sounds like they are going to be splitting carries. While I could see a hot hand approach, you have to realize, there is no disadvantage for the Bears to run Forte into the ground. They are more apt to save Langford as he is their future, he is under contract past this season.

11/26/15, 10:49 AM CST by M O
Source: twitter.com

Matt Forte (knee) is listed questionable for Thursday night


Pyro's take: He should be ready to go, but look for less touches as Jeremy Langford has proven himself. Forte is a must start especially in PPR leagues.

11/25/15, 02:33 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Fox on Forte: "He spent most of the afternoon getting treatment."


Pyro's take: Rich Campbell has reported via Twitter "Fox on Forte: "He spent most of the afternoon getting treatment."

I dont see Forte playing this week, but check back over the weekend to see what his final prognosis is.

11/19/15, 09:58 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

John Fox said the running back rotation will be "tricky" once Matt Forte (knee) returns.


Pyro's take: “In this league, it’s about the more the merrier,” Bears coach John Fox said. “You try to build competition within your own team. I think it makes everybody on your squad better. We’ll welcome Matt back with open arms.”

Is Fox worried about divvying up playing time in the backfield?

“This is all tricky,” Fox said. “I don’t like speculating. I know we’re doing everything we can here to create competition amongst our team and learn to enjoy it. So we’ll cross that bridge when it happens.”

11/19/15, 02:04 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Matt Forte (knee) was limited at practice


Pyro's take: Rich Campbell has reported via Twitter "Bears RB Matt Forte (right knee) will be listed as "limited" in Wednesday's practice."

Forte is scheduled to miss this week and return next week, however, John Fox likes to have fun with the media and keep people on their toes.

Follow-up and see if this leads anywhere. Keep Langford ready to go if Forte does not play on Sunday.

11/12/15, 02:39 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Matt Forte (MCL) underwent a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection to spur healing in his right knee, and is "in great doubt" for Week 10.


Pyro's take: Matt Forte stated that "It takes time more than anything," Forte said Saturday. "Some people heal faster than others. But more than it being a mental thing, like, 'I'm injured,' it just takes a little time for it to heal before you can really do what you want to do."

Forte also mentioned

"It’s not something that I look forward to doing," Forte said. "Obviously, I want to be out on the field. That’s tough to deal with. All I can do now is work as hard as I can to get back on the field."

11/09/15, 04:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Forte (Knee) May miss two weeks


Pyro's take: Chris Mortensen indicated on NFL Insiders Monday that Matt Forte (knee) is likely to miss at least two weeks.

Rookie Jeremy Langford will take over as the Bears' lead back, while the team is reportedly considering signing free agent Montee Ball.

11/02/15, 02:54 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Matt Forte not in discussions for trade


Pyro's take: Ed Werder reported via twitter "Bears could make more trades but #Cowboys have not discussed Matt Forte"

Matt Forte is in a contract year, and if Chicago Bears continue their suffering through the season, expect an unload of salary.

09/29/15, 03:09 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Needs to run

The Bears are traveling to San Francisco to face the 49ers, this may turn into a long trip for Jay Cutler. Cutler has not had his best days against him where he has a completion percentage of 59.5% with 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions. Cutler’s struggles have a resulted in a 52.5 quarterback rating against the 49ers. To make matters worse, Alshon Jefferey and Brandon Marshall may not play.

Enter Matt Forte. Jay Cutler and the Bears are going to use him like a rented mule. They are going to want to control the clock, as most teams do, and wear down that San Francisco defense. They are going to want to mirror what DeMarco Murray did against the 49ers last week, 118 yards on 22 carries.

Pyro's take: Look for Matt Forte to be the featured attraction, and if he can pull off a DeMarco Murray type of day, the Bears are going to be very thankful, as he will allow Cutler to throw less, and fewer interceptions.

Matt Forte is a start in all formats

09/13/14, 12:53 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: dawindycity.com

Matt Forte primed for a huge 2013 campaign

With an innovative and offensive-minded Marc Trestman now leading the Chicago Bears, running back Matt Forte will have every opportunity to put up career-best numbers in 2013.

It's not the most likely scenario considering he hasn't done so since his rookie year in 2008, but Forte could conceivably find his way into the Top-5 fantasy RBs this season, especially in PPR formats.

Pyro's take: During his five-year career, Forte has accumulated 1,529 touches in 75 games, numbers that come out to approximately 20.4 touches per game and 326.2 over a 16-game season. In Marc Trestman's high-volume offense, he could be looking at 350+ touches with many of them coming in space, so don't be surprised if the 27-year old Forte ends up being one of the best bargains in fantasy drafts this summer... barring injury, of course.

06/29/13, 02:00 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Mike Martz hired as Bears offensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears announced today that they have signed Mike Martz to be their offensive coordinator for the 2010 season. Terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed.

Pyro's take: Finally the Bears have "their guy". After going through a lengthy search composed mainly of candidates who pulled out of the running before an offer was even made, Chicago ended up settling for someone who had no problem ripping Jay Cutler to shreds early on in 2009. In order to mend possible broken bridges between the two, Martz immediately flew down to Tennessee to speak with Cutler after his interview.
Animosity aside, Cutler stands to gain the most fantasy-wise from the hiring, while TE Greg Olsen stands to lose the most. Martz has never been one to integrate the tight end into his offensive schemes, but wide receivers Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett could be in for a nice uptick in value, as should RB Matt Forte.

02/01/10, 03:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Forte may not be "Forty" for much longer

Matt "Forty" Forte - having achieved the name "Forty" for how many total yards he typically put up against any team except the Browns and Lions in 2009, has something to look forward to next season. Mike Tice has been named the new O-line coach for the Chicago Bears on Friday.

Pyro's take: This news is HUGE if you are a Bears fan and of course, take any interest into the prospects of pretty much anything that the Bears have to offer from a fantasy perspective. His track record as an O-line coach is stellar - just take a look at the Jags rushing totals from 2006-2008.

01/15/10, 05:00 PM CST by
Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Forte sprains his hand on Sunday

Bears running back Matt Forte said after the game that he sprained his hand at some point against the Rams but that he should be able to play in Week 14 against the Packers.

Pyro's take: Forte had a decent game going for 91 yards on 24 carries including a 1-yard touchdown run. These games, however, are few and far between as Forte has become no more than a so-so RB2 on your fantasy football squad.

12/07/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Forte getting blanked in the red-zone

Despite having 25 combined red-zone targets (carries, receiving, passing) on the year, Bears running back Matt Forte has zero touchdowns from inside the 20. His one TD in 2009 came on a 37-yard run against the Lions in Week 4.

Pyro's take: This is a far cry from Forte's 2008 rookie campaign, when 10 of Forte's 12 touchdowns were red-zone TDs. Forte's lack of production in the red-zone is indicative of the direction the Bears have turned with new quarterback Jay Cutler at the helm.
You can expect Forte's stats to rise, but he won't come close to the fantasy numbers he put up last year.

10/21/09, 08:45 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Forte to return to full practice on Thursday

Bears running back Matt Forte was limited in practice on Wednesday due to the tweaked knee he sustained in the Week 3 game against the Seahawks, but is expected to return to a full practice today.

Pyro's take: Forte should be just fine as the injury was minor, and should be in line for a big day this Sunday against a soft Detroit defense. Start him in all fantasy football formats this weekend.

10/01/09, 01:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Bears to get running game going this week

When asked about the Bears ground game today, coach Lovie Smith had this to say: "We want to get the running game going this week... As much as anything we have to keep the carries going."

Pyro's take: With Matt Forte only getting 84 yards on 38 carries thus far, the Bears better get the ground game rolling. Forte fantasy owners need not worry though as he should be in for a nice week against a crap Seattle D.

09/23/09, 05:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Forte in for another heavy workload in 2009

The Chicago Bears placed RB Kevin Jones on injured reserve Saturday, thus officially ending his season.

Pyro's take: The Bears will now have to go with Garrett Wolfe and the female version of Adrian Peterson as their backups to Matt Forte this season. Looks like Forte is in line for another big year... and heavy workload. Expect the team to take a look through the waiver wire, and make sure to bump Forte up a spot or two on your cheat sheet.

09/05/09, 09:15 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.chicagobears.com

Kevin Jones out for the season... again

Chicago Bears backup RB Kevin Jones is out for the season after an MRI taken Friday morning showed a torn ligament in his left ankle. Jones suffered the injury during Thursday night's preseason game against the Browns.

Pyro's take: Shocker. Breakable Jones is broken yet again, and now the Bears will have to depend on either Garrett Wolfe or the female version of Adrian Peterson to spell Matt Forte from time to time. Forte's value just jumped up a touch however.

09/04/09, 03:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nationalfootballpost.com

Bears first team to get extended playing time Saturday

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said that the first team will "play into the second quarter" in their first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday night.

Pyro's take: This is what we're talkin about. Most teams usually keep their starters in one or two series in the first preseason game, so this should make for some interesting and exciting action for Bears' fans as they get to see new QB Jay Cutler lead the offense for the first time.

08/13/09, 09:00 AM CDT by
Source: espn.go.com

Matt Forte could be the next Brian Westbrook

The second-year Bears RB was called the "next Brian Westbrook" by ESPN's "Football Scientist" K.C. Joyner.

Pyro's take: This is high praise for Forte, who was also compared to Emmitt Smith in "Football Outsiders 2009 Almanac". Forte is a rising talent who will feature prominently in the Bears offense.

08/03/09, 01:30 PM CDT by
Source: espn.go.com