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David Montgomery Fantasy Outlook Climbing as Bears Lead Back

Jason Schandl
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If you drafted David Montgomery in fantasy football, Week 1 probably had you worried. He looked like the third running back on the Chicago Bears' depth chart, playing behind both Mike Davis and Tarik Cohen.

Things have changed drastically since then, though, and Montgomery's fantasy value is climbing steadily as a result.

Montgomery opened the season with an ugly 5.5 fantasy points (PPR scoring) against the Green Bay Packers, but he's hit double-digits in each of his two games since then.

Despite that poor opening game, he still ranks as RB27 on the season, and his 44 opportunities (37 carries and seven targets) are also tied for 27th in the NFL.

Montgomery's increase in snap share has also been striking. He played a backfield-low 38 percent in Week 1, led the committee but still didn't crack a 50 percent share in Week 2, and then dominated with almost two-thirds of the snaps in Week 3. He appears to already be solidifying himself as a true lead back.

The Bears' offense is still one of the less exciting units in the NFL, and that's going to hold Montgomery's fantasy value back some, especially in a tough Week 4 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Still, having seemingly blossomed into a lead back already, it's hard to deny Montgomery's upside. We have him as RB32 in our Week 4 fantasy football rankings.

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