|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 6|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||June 7, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 3 (73)|
Montgomery rushed 23 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.
Analysis: Despite seeing over 250 touches in his rookie season, Montgomery struggled due to poor offensive line blocking and inconsistent usage that rarely allowed him to get into a rhythm. He typically showed excellent elusiveness but frequently after evading an initial tackler, there were usually other defenders to stop him quickly. He'll be entering the second year of his rookie deal in 2020, and he should be considered a top-24 running back in fantasy drafts, but if Chicago improves their blocking and playcalling, he'll definitely have potential for a breakout campaign.
Montgomery rushed 13 times for 57 yards and caught one pass for two yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Aside from one drive in the third quarter when Montgomery had three productive runs, he was a non-factor in a game that the Bears were unable to compete. After having posted at least 49 combined yards in each of his last four games, he'll be a volume-based option at running back in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Montgomery rushed 14 times for 39 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Bears' 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Despite facing a Green Bay defense that struggled most of the year to stop the run, Montgomery was unable to break a run of longer than eight yards, and once the Bears fell behind by double digits early in the third quarter, he lost significant playing time to Tarik Cohen. After touching the ball at least 15 times in each of his last eight games while posting inconsistent production, he'll be a volume-based fantasy option in Week 16 at home against the Chiefs.
Montgomery rushed 20 times for 86 yards and failed to secure his only target in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Montgomery hit the 20-carry mark for only the third time this season, as he was leaned on more than usual in the latter stages of the fourth quarter as the Bears tried to ice the game. The rookie has been productive over his last pair of contests after a pair of lackluster outings in Weeks 11 and 12, as he's garnered 161 rushing yards on 36 carries against the Lions and Cowboys. He'll look to play a significant role again in a Week 15 divisional battle versus the Packers a week from Sunday.
Montgomery rushed 16 times for 75 yards and secured both of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday.
Analysis: Montgomery turned in a workman-like effort on the ground, with his long run of the day going for a modest 14 yards. He also delivered through the air when it mattered most, notching what would turn out to be a game-winning three-yard touchdown reception with 2:17 remaining. Montgomery's rushing yardage tally served as his second highest of the season, and he'll look to build on the numbers versus the Cowboys in a Week 14 Thursday night home matchup.
Montgomery rushed 13 times for 22 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in the Bears' 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Even though he appeared fully recovered from the ankle injury that limited him last week, he continued to split work fairly equally with Tarik Cohen, and aside from a 13-yard run, Montgomery was unable to generate much yardage after contact. Despite his poor performance, this was the first time in five games that he failed to post at least 50 yards from scrimmage, and he should be considered a low-end starting option for fantasy managers.
Montgomery (ankle) carried the ball 14 times for 31 yards and caught one pass (three targets) for 19 yards in Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Montgomery was a game-time decision after rolling his ankle at practice earlier this week, but he was able to suit up and lead the team in carries. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the rookie was unable to do much against the Rams' stout interior defensive line, and he may have also been feeling the affects of the balky ankle. Despite the dud, Montgomery has been averaging 18 carries over his last four contests, and he will have a chance to feast against the Giants -- who allow 122.7 rushing yards per game -- on Sunday.
Montgomery (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams at L.A., Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Montgomery rolled his ankle at Wednesday's practice, inducing the Bears to hold him out Thursday before he returned Friday as a limited participant. Considered a game-time decision by coach Matt Nagy, Montgomery must have appeased the team's medical and training staffs enough to get the all-clear. It's unclear if Montgomery will handle his typical workload, but Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall are on hand in the event he cannot.
Montgomery (ankle) will be a game-time decision Sunday night against the Rams, Nathan Smith of the Bears' official website reports. "It was good to get him back out there and just kind of see where he's at," said coach Matt Nagy after Friday's practice. "He's gonna end up being a game-time decision for us."
Analysis: Montgomery was held out of Thursday's practice after he injured his ankle Wednesday. The return to a limited session Friday sets him up as truly questionable, with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall the alternate options in Chicago's backfield. An 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff creates issues for fantasy managers, and there's no assurance of a full workload even if Montgomery ends up playing. It's a brutal matchup in any case, with the Rams limiting RBs to 3.6 yards per carry (fourth-best) and allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position.
Montgomery (ankle) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: This has all the makings of a frustrating situation for fantasy managers, with Montgomery appearing truly questionable for a Sunday night game. He was listed as a limited participant Wednesday when he initially hurt his ankle during practice, before downgrading to DNP on Thursday. The return to a limited session Friday suggests he has a real chance to play, with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall on hand in the event of an absence. The Bears waived Mike Davis last week, eating some dead cap money in order to recoup a fourth-round compensatory draft pick.
Montgomery (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: Montgomery made a surprise appearance on the Bears' first Week 11 injury report as a limited participant. The reason become clear Thursday, when coach Matt Nagy relayed Montgomery "lightly" rolled his ankle at Wednesday's session, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. As a result, Montgomery's lack of reps Thursday is concerning, giving him just one more chance to get in some work before the weekend. If he's limited or even absent Sunday against the Rams in L.A., Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall are next up for work out of the Bears' backfield.
Coach Matt Nagy said that Montgomery "lightly" rolled an ankle during Wednesday's practice, leaving the running back's availability uncertain for this weekend's game against the Rams, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Nagy's comments provide an explanation for why Montgomery was surprisingly listed as a limited participant Wednesday in the Bears' first practice of the week. It's uncertain whether the rookie will be able to resume practicing Thursday and/or Friday, but his ability to bounce back from the ankle sprain over the next couple of days will likely have significant sway on his status for the weekend. If Montgomery -- who has played at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last three weeks while garnering 17-plus touches on every occasion -- is limited or sidelined against the Rams, Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall would be in store for heightened roles in the backfield.
Montgomery was limited at Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury.
Analysis: Since seeing a season-low four touches Week 7 against the Saints, Montgomery has bounced back over the last three games, racking up 65 touches for 283 yards and three touchdowns. With the lead role locked down ahead of change-of-pace back Tarik Cohen, Montgomery has become the most consistent option in the Bears offense, but the aforementioned health concern could throw a wrench into that development.
Montgomery rushed 11 times for 25 yards and a touchdown with an 11-yard reception in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Although this appeared as if it could've been a breakout spot for Montgomery, the Bears fell behind 17-0 at the half and as a result, the Bears mostly abandoned the running game. When given a chance for a goal-line carry, he converted to keep his fantasy day from being a complete disaster. He'll be on the bye next week, and when he returns in Week 7, he'll continue to be a volume-based fantasy option as a second running back.
Montgomery rushed 21 times for 53 yards while adding three receptions for 14 yards in the Bears' 16-6 win over the Vikings.
Analysis: Montgomery did not dominate touches for the Bears in the first half while the game was close, as Tarik Cohen was heavily involved in the game plan. However, once the Bears took control of the game early in the second half, he then became the primary runner, though his production was slowed by a stout Minnesota defense. He's now carried the ball at least 13 times in three-straight games, and his volume makes him a solid second starting running back option.
Montgomery rushed 13 times for 67 yards and caught all three of his targets for 14 yards in Monday night's 31-15 win over the Redskins.
Analysis: Montgomery was corralled fairly well prior to breaking off a 25-yard run during the fourth quarter. That carry, which marked the rookie's longest through three games, helped Montgomery post his best yardage total to date. With added value from three receptions as well, it was a decent night for Montgomery, even though the Bears passing for two touchdowns inside the three-yard line robbed him of a couple potential scoring opportunities from in close.
Montgomery rushed 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for an additional six yards in the Bears 16-14 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: After being criminally misused in Week 1 when Mike Davis easily out-touched the rookie, coach Matt Nagy didn't make the same mistake in this contest. Although the Broncos consistently hit Montgomery at or near the line of scrimmage, he frequently was able to break tackles to gain yardage. On a late third-quarter drive, he was given five carries within a six-play span when the ball was inside Denver's five-yard line, and on the last play, he fought through tackles before finally stretching the ball across the goal line for his first NFL touchdown. Assuming he continues to work as the lead back, he should be a solid weekly fantasy option.
Montgomery rushed six times for 18 yards and brought in his only target for 27 yards in the Bears' 10-3 loss to the Packers on Thursday.
Analysis: The rookie's much-anticipated regular-season debut left much to be desired in terms of his final line, but the blame could hardly be placed at the talented feet of Montgomery. The Iowa State product ran decisively on his few carries despite dealing with stacked fronts, showing off the tackle-breaking acumen that became a signature during his college career. Montgomery also displayed his ability in space on his 27-yard reception in the third quarter that took the ball down to the Packers' 33-yard line. Naturally, Montgomery's seven-touch workload was far from what coach Matt Nagy would have envisioned going into the contest, so getting the 2019 third-round pick into a rhythm early is likely to be a priority in the Bears' Week 2 matchup against the Broncos a week from Sunday.
Montgomery isn't expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason game at Indianapolis, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The same can be said for fellow running backs Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis. Once Week 1 rolls around, Montgomery seems to be the leader for early-down work out of the backfield, with Davis serving as his primary competition. Meanwhile, Cohen is slated for his usual change-of-pace role.
Montgomery isn't expected to play in Friday's preseason contest versus the Giants.
Analysis: Montgomery got a fair amount of work during the Bears' exhibition opener, taking three carries for 16 yards and a TD and hauling in three passes for 30 yards. While Montgomery theoretically has some competition for early-down reps in the form of Mike Davis, he may not get another chance to suit up before the regular season if coach Matt Nagy has his way. Look for Montgomery to get plenty of work once Week 1 rolls around.
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