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Matt Forte: Fantasy Owners Must Keep Bears RB on Bench in Week 13

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07:   Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears rushes during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte says that he's going to play on Sunday when the Bears welcome the Seattle Seahawks into Soldier Field, according to the team's Twitter account:

LM: #Bears WR Devin Hester (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Seahawks; RB Matt Forte said he expects to play.

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 29, 2012

That's great news for the Bears. But for fantasy owners who have Forte on their squads, he's far too risky to plug into any Week 13 lineups, either as a second running back or flex option.

Ankle injuries are a tricky thing, especially for a running back. No matter how much tape you wrap it in, Forte's ankle is one play away from sending him limping back to the sidelines.

I know that, you know that and you'd better believe that the Bears know that. Michael Bush is a capable backup for Forte as Chicago tries to limit the hits that his balky ankle takes against a staunch Seahawks run defense.

That's the other part of the equation—the team Chicago is facing.

Per ESPN, Seattle is allowing only 12.9 points per game to opposing running backs—fifth lowest in the NFL, and they've allowed running backs to reach the end zone only six times all year.

Simply put, other than the fact that he's going to be on the field, there's no reason to expect Forte to contribute to your fantasy team's success this week.

Keep him on your bench where his mediocre output can't hurt your team's chances of winning.

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