Tarik Cohen Injury Update Improves David Montgomery Fantasy Outlook
Chicago Bears fans and Tarik Cohen's fantasy managers alike received bad news this Monday following Chicago's Week 3 performance against the Atlanta Falcons.
Tarik Cohen Injury
After sustaining an apparent knee injury in Sunday's game in Atlanta, Bears running back Tarik Cohen has suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee, and the Bears are now placing him on IR.
Through Week 3, Cohen had amassed 74 yards on the ground on 14 rushing attempts, but he has specialized as more of the Bears' passing back with 9 targets and six receptions for 41 yards through the air as well.
Now with Cohen out of the picture, it's hard to identify a clear-cut backup. Cordarrelle Patterson could be looking at an uptick in volume, especially in the passing game, but he's primarily been a WR throughout his career so he'll be difficult to rely on too much.
The likeliest outcome is that David Montgomery handles even more work than he has already.
David Montgomery Fantasy
Despite serving as the Bears feature back in the rushing attack, Montgomery has actually seen the same number of targets (9) and receptions (6) as Cohen through the first three games of the year. Surprisingly, Montgomery has been more efficient than Cohen through the air, racking up 64 yards and a TD.
With Cohen gone, look for those 3.0 targets per game for Montgomery to increase, though Patterson will get a boost there as well.
Montgomery is best viewed as a low-end RB2 going forward. Ahead of Chicago's Week 4 showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, Montgomery checks in at RB20 in our PPR rankings.
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