The Chicago Bears narrowly fell to the Denver Broncos in week 11 and may have missed star running back Matt Forte. Forte sat out the past three weeks due to a knee sprain and while backup Jeremy Langford looked like a star in his first two starts, he wasn’t nearly as effective this past weekend.
That should have Bears fans getting excited for the team’s Thanksgiving Day showdown with the rival Green Bay Packers, as Forte is “on track” to make his return. Forte cited some concern about rushing back too quickly in recent weeks, but three weeks off should have given him plenty of time to recover from a mild knee sprain. With Forte in the offensive backfield and star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hopefully back, the Bears could suddenly be the healthiest on offense we’ve seen them all year.
Should Forte sit for the fourth week in a row, Langford would continue to start, while Ka’Deem Carey would also rotate in as a change of pace option.
Forte’s return would be welcome news to fantasy football owners that drafted him in season long leagues, as he was a total stud when healthy. This week’s matchup could be especially interesting, as Forte has done well against the Packers in his career and specifically looked great against them in the week one season opener. Forte could potentially be limited and it’s worth noting the Packers did just stifle Adrian Peterson on the road in week 11, but Forte owners know they would have to start one of their top fantasy options.
The real news here is for fantasy owners that jumped all over Langford off of the waiver wire, as one of the darling sleepers of the past few weeks would naturally start fading away. It’s possible Langford makes yet another start or even keeps a decent role with Forte coming back, but a healthy Forte probably doesn’t mean great things for Langford’s 2015 fantasy prospects.