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This Stat From David Montgomery's Rookie Year Could Point to More Success in 2020 Sophomore Season

Max Staley
David Montgomery wasn't great as a rookie, but he might've been better than he was given credit for.
David Montgomery wasn't great as a rookie, but he might've been better than he was given credit for. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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David Montgomery was one of the league's most-hyped rookies in fantasy football circles last offseason. He didn't really deliver on all that promise, rushing for 889 yards on a measly 3.7 yards per carry.

However, one key stat proves that Montgomery might be a far more productive player than his box scores would indicate.

Last season, Montgomery was tied for sixth, alongside Chris Carson, with 28 broken tackles in 2019. That puts him in some truly elite company, as he was behind elite names like Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara, and he was even ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. Interestingly, he was one of only two players in the top 10 of that category who didn't rush for 1,000 yards in 2019.

However, Montgomery only averaged 2.0 yards before contact per carry, which was tied for just 26th in the NFL. That suggests Chicago's offensive line was letting defenders hit him relatively early, which is backed up by the fact that the Bears' O-Line received a 58.5 grade from Pro Football Focus (No. 20 in the NFL) last season.

While Montgomery's play was far from stellar in 2019, these stats show that he has plenty of untapped potential, though the offensive line will need to improve for him to really show it.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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