David Montgomery Fantasy Outlook for Week 5 Includes Breakout Potential Against Oakland

Jason Schandl
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Chicago Bears' rookie running back David Montgomery could finally be due for his anticipated breakout fantasy football performance in Week 5's matchup with the Oakland Raiders in London this Sunday.

The rookie has opened the season with an underwhelming string of fantasy scores, averaging only 8.0 standard-scoring fantasy points per game. His volume has increased steadily though, and that's the key to his fantasy value.

It looked like there was a real chance that Montgomery was only No. 3 on the Bears' running back depth chart in Week 1, behind both RB-slash-slot receiver Tarik Cohen and veteran Mike Davis. Montgomery played only 28 snaps in that game, compared to 41 for Davis and 51 for Montgomery.

There has been a distinct shift in the last two weeks though, with Montgomery playing 66.7 percent in Week 3 and 69.4 in Week 4. Neither Davis nor Cohen topped 50 percent in either of those contests.

Montgomery also finds himself with a very favorable matchup this week. The Bears are 5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, despite playing without top QB Mitchell Trubisky. Likely to be playing with a lead and a backup QB, we can expect a run-heavy approach from Chicago on Sunday.

Montgomery is a top-10 RB in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings. Sunday is shaping up to the perfect storm for a breakout, combining his steadily increasing workhorse volume with an exploitable matchup, and the buy-low window for the rookie is about to slam shut.

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