David Montgomery Fantasy Value Continues to Climb as Bears Workhorse Back Despite Slow Start

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 29:  David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball while being chased by Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

David Montgomery is off to a slow start this season, but it would be wise for fantasy owners to be patient. If his workload is any indication, it's only a matter of time before Montgomery's production picks up.

Despite an inconsistent start to the fantasy football season, the rookie running back has seen his involvement in the Chicago Bears offense steadily increase over four games, culminating in a season-high 69 percent snap rate in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Montgomery finished the day with just 9.7 PPR points, but it's also worth noting that he saw a backfield-high (and season-high) 21 rushing attempts to go along with five targets.

Chicago ran the ball on 51.6 percent of their plays after Mitchell Trubisky (dislocated shoulder) was removed from Sunday's game. A run-heavy shift in play calling could be a huge boon for Montgomery's fantasy value, especially because the Oakland Raiders (Chicago's Week 5 opponent) are allowing 104.5 yards on the ground through the first four weeks of the season.

It's likely that the Bears will stick to their Week 4 script with Chase Daniel under center for the foreseeable future, which is an especially good sign if Montgomery's snap count continues to rise.

One of only seven backs to eclipse 20 carries in Week 4 (pending Monday Night Football), the rookie back could be a high-upside Flex/RB2 for Week 5 and beyond. Thanks to that dreamy matchup with Oakland, we have him 10th among RBs in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings.

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