The Chicago Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles early in the offseason, leaving a big void in their backfield. Howard played his first three seasons in Chicago, and his 778 carries were the third-most in the NFL during that span.
Already having a strong receiving back in Tarik Cohen on the roster, the Bears made two additions to replace Howard. They signed former fourth-round pick Mike Davis from the Seattle Seahawks, and they traded up in the third round to draft David Montgomery out of Iowa State.
Volume is the backbone of fantasy football value for running backs, so the massive number of carries that Howard received make the role an exciting one for whoever replaces him.
In the first game of the 2019 NFL preseason, Montgomery started to put himself ahead of Davis in the pecking order.
Davis started the game ahead of Montgomery, but while each saw only three carries, Montgomery was the more productive of the two.
We can't read too much into the situation from six preseason carries, but there's plenty of reason to believe that Montgomery can run away with the job.
Trading up to select Montgomery when they already had Davis on the roster is not a good sign for how they feel about Davis, and Montgomery's college career was impressive. He ran the ball north of 250 times in each of his final two seasons (Davis has never topped 209 carries in college or the pros), and he was an absolute monster on those touches.
Fantasy football drafters are on the ball with this trend, and Montgomery has an average draft position (ADP) of RB24, compared to only RB70 for Davis.
Be sure to continue monitoring the Bears' backfield situation through the rest of the preseason, though. If Montgomery continues to stand out and becomes the clear-cut starter, even RB24 could prove to be too low of a ranking for him.
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