Forte's absence opens up Bears backfield at crucial time of year
For most of you, it's fantasy playoff time. If you made it, congratulations! If you didn't, your trash-talking privileges are suspended until next season.
As Eric Mack notes in his
Unfortunately for Matt Forte owners, he sprained the MCL in his right knee. Normally, that's an injury that would keep him out for the rest of the season, but the Bears say he'll be
The Bears' replacement for Forte will be Marion Barber, available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues currently. Barber rushed 14 times for 44 yards on Sunday against a Chiefs defense that was not that strong against the run. Barber is expected to get the start, but beware of
Barber is the starter and could end up with a majority of the carries. But he's only averaging 3.7 yards a carry (to Bell's 3.8) and isn't likely to get a full workload. The Broncos defense has been playing well, but gave up a lot of yardage and points to Minnesota on Sunday. They give up the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs. Barber is the guy to grab this week, with Bell a deep sleeper if you have the roster space. If you have a roster spot with a fifth or sixth receiver you're never going to use, maybe even try to grab both.
Barber likely will do nothing fantastic -- Weeks 15 (Seattle) and 16 (Green Bay) are average matchups -- but it's a chance to grab a starting running back as the playoffs begin.