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Forté a lost cause in Martz’s scheme

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By Michael Blunda

Bears RB Matt Forté had a perfect opportunity to break out of his funk on Sunday, but for a number of reasons, he wasn't able to do so.

Going against the league's worst run defense in the Bills, Forté ran for just 49 yards and no scores on 14 carries and chipped in with 12 receiving yards in a narrow Bears win. In a matchup that set up perfectly for him, that's extremely disappointing. After a promising start to 2010, it looks like he simply isn't going to be a productive fantasy player in Mike Martz's offense.

In eight games this season, Forté has topped 50 rushing yards just once, and while his receiving numbers are OK, the bulk of them were accumulated in Week One. Everyone knows Martz is a pass-first coordinator, but he has run even less than most people anticipated. And with RB Chester Taylor's role starting to increase, Forté's value is further diminished in the second half.

Forté's struggles certainly aren't all his fault; the Bears' offensive line has been putrid all season. But the back just hasn't been the same player since his huge '08 rookie campaign. With Chicago facing a string of difficult opponents the rest of the way, he needs to be benched in just about all non-PPR formats.

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