Ty Montgomery Looking Like a Viable Handcuff to Le'Veon Bell in Fantasy Football
By Dan Israeli
With Le'Veon Bell sitting out the entirety of the 2019 NFL preseason, fellow newcomer Ty Montgomery has served as starting running back through the Jets' first two games. The former Packers and Ravens hybrid back has looked the part so far, working as Sam Darnold's caddy on two impressive drives that both resulted in touchdowns.
In the Jets' 22-10 win against the Falcons in Week 2 of the preseason, Montgomery rushed seven times for 36 yards, capped off by a one-yard score. He showed great patience and lateral quickness on a sweep run to the left, looking more agile and spry than he has in a few years.
Montgomery did not catch any balls against Atlanta, but that is clearly a big part of his game that the Jets will look to incorporate. Drafted as a wide receiver by the Packers in 2015, Montgomery transitioned to the role of running back in his second season. He was set for a big role as the starting running back in 2017, but was hampered by injuries, mostly caused by his upright running style.
While he won't have to shoulder the load this season, Montgomery is going to have a role as Bell's backup, although, it's important to note that Bilal Powell still lurks in the Jets' backfield. Third-year running back Elijah McGuire is lower in the pecking order and a candidate to be cut heading into the regular season.
So while Bell is ticketed for a big role in his first year as a Jet, Montgomery is clearly the handcuff you want to target in fantasy football, and he is practically free in drafts right now. Just note that Powell will also have a role if Bell goes down, as Montgomery's injury history will likely prevent him from seeing the lion's share of touches as a starter.
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