David Montgomery is not a lock to be healthy in time for the Chicago Bears' Week 1 matchup with the Detroit Lions after suffering a non-contact injury in training camp at the end of August.
The Bears will be thin at RB if Montgomery misses any time, and their official roster release suggests Cordarrelle Patterson could be a really interesting fantasy football sleeper if Montgomery is out at all.
Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy Outlook
Patterson has a WR designation on most fantasy football sites, but the Bears seem to have finally made him a full-time running back — a position he's played plenty of lately
Drafted as a wide receiver and kick returner in 2013, Patterson has recorded more rush attempts than receptions in each of the last two seasons, with a total of 59 carries to 31 receptions in that time.
His career rushing stats are inflated by splashy trick plays early on, but even if we just look at 2018 and 2019, Patterson has averaged a terrific 5.6 yards per carry to go with 7.3 yards per target. His efficiency would certainly take a hit as a lead back, but that small-sample success is still encouraging.
If Patterson gets any starts, he'll be a very intriguing fantasy option, as Montgomery averaged over 15 carries per game last season, while Patterson would also likely get more receiving work than Montgomery did.
Getting to start a potential high-volume RB in a wide receiver spot would also give fantasy football managers some intriguing options in Week 1. Patterson probably wouldn't have the same upside a top wide receiver would, but his volume would give him a much better floor than your typical WR3.
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