Week 8- Matt Forte is extremely productive between the twenties, but he typically doesn’t have too much upside without goalline carries. Against the extremely weak Panthers Defense, expect him to break one for a TD and keep him as your RB1.
Week 5- Expect this to be the week where Forte gets his normal workload back. That doesn’t mean that Michael Bush won’t get any carries, but probably closer to 10 than 15. Against the Jaguars, the Bears should be ahead all game long. That means that Forte should remain in your lineup as a RB1.
Week 1- Forte gets an incredible matchup against the Colt’s defense week 1, and it easily could get ugly. He could easily be ranked higher, but I want to see how large of a workload Bush will have first. Still, Forte should tear up the Colts, and is a RB1 coming in to the week. The Bears could be way ahead all game, so Forte may get plenty of rushes and add on to that with all of the passes he should catch.
Matt Forte was a yards from scrimmage machine in 2011, and we expect the Bears to mix up their play calling a little bit more in 2012. He is still projected to be a top ten running back racking up over 1300 yards rushing and 550 yards receiving. Target Forte in the late first or early second round, if he can stay healthy he will once again be the workhorse for the Bears, just beware of Michael Bush vulturing more snaps than Marion Barber did a year ago.