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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Running Back #32
ADP:Round: 4, Pick: 4
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 222 lb.
College:Iowa State
Born:June 7, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (73)
Draft Team:CHI

David Montgomery: Limited work in playoff loss

Montgomery rushed 12 times for 31 yards in the Bears' 21-9 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.

Analysis: Montgomery didn't see many touches, as the Bears were dominated in time of possession, and along with the team trailing for most of the game, he never had much of a chance to have a big performance. On the season, he played in 15 games and rushed for 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 54 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns while being one of the top fantasy running backs over the last six weeks of the season. He'll likely be targeted in the first 30 picks in fantasy drafts in August. In addition, Montgomery is under contract with the Bears through 2022.

January 10, 2021 4:57 PM EST

David Montgomery: Over 100 scrimmage yards

Montgomery rushed 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while catching nine passes for 63 yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Montgomery was held in check on the ground, he scored Chicago's only touchdown while placing second on the squad with nine targets, resulting in him posting at least 100 yards and a touchdown in six straight games. On the season, he played in 13 games while rushing for 729 yards and five touchdowns while adding 64 receptions for 426 yards and two touchdowns. After the Bears finish their playoff run, he'll be under contract through 2022.

January 3, 2021 5:31 PM EST

David Montgomery: Find end zone again

Montgomery rushed 23 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 26 yards in the Bears' 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: While the game was competitive, the Bears had the ball deep in the red zone on three occasions, but on two of those occasions, they ignored Montgomery, keeping him from an even bigger fantasy day in situations that he could've scored. Regardless, he's now accounted for at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his last five games, and he'll have a favorable Week 17 matchup at home against the Packers.

December 27, 2020 1:21 PM EST

David Montgomery: Stays red hot

Montgomery rushed 32 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 16-yard reception in Chicago's 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears leading for the majority of this contest, Montgomery surpassed 21 carries for the first time all season, and although he didn't have a run of 20 yards, he consistently picked up chunks of yardage on his way to a season-high yardage total. He's averaging over 100 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns over his last four games, and he'll have a fantastic Week 16 matchup against a Jaguars defense that's one of the three worst units against the run.

December 20, 2020 1:22 PM EST

David Montgomery: Hits century mark

Montgomery rushed 11 times for 113 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 42 yards in the Bears' 36-7 victory over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Montgomery took the first offensive snap for the Bears 80 yards for a touchdown, and even though the Bears controlled this game throughout, he saw just 11 carries while the team chose to go with a pass-heavy approach, likely keeping him from having a massive performance. He's now posted at least 111 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in each of his last three games, and he'll remain a solid starting option during the remainder of the fantasy playoffs.

December 13, 2020 1:21 PM EST

David Montgomery: Scores twice in defeat

Montgomery rushed 17 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns while adding four receptions for 39 yards in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Montgomery saw his third highest nu,ber of rushing attempts on the season, the team also gave 10 carries to Cordarrelle Patterson, which likely kept Montgomery from having a massive fantasy performance. Despite the backfield split, he'll continue to be Chicago's primary running back, and with upcoming matchups against the Texans, Vikings and Jaguars, he'll be a solid top-24 running back in the fantasy playoffs.

December 6, 2020 2:01 PM EST

David Montgomery: Over 100 rushing yards

Montgomery rushed 11 times for 103 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Bears 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Montgomery burst up the middle of the Packers defense on the first drive of the game for a 57-yard run, but with the Bears falling hopelessly behind in the first half, the team was forced to mostly abandon their rushing attack. Fortunately, he was able to pile up significant yardage and a touchdown long after the game was out of hand to give him an excellent fantasy performance. He's now posted at least 100 combined yards in two of his last three games, and he should continue to function as a solid volume-based fantasy option going forward.

November 29, 2020 8:26 PM EST

David Montgomery: Ready to return to lineup

Montgomery relayed Wednesday that he's cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and will play Sunday night against the Packers, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Bears didn't get much going on the ground in their Week 10 loss to the Vikings, so the return of Montgomery -- the team's clear-cut top back -- will be a welcome one. In nine games to date, the 2019 third-rounder has logged 131 carries for 472 yards and a TD and added 30 catches for 212 yards and another score. While Montgomery has topped out at 89 rushing yards this season, his volume has been steady enough to ensure a decent fantasy floor on a weekly basis.

November 25, 2020 9:27 AM EST

David Montgomery: Back at practice Monday

Montgomery (concussion) is present for the portion of Monday's practice open to the media, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Montgomery appears to have made real progress in his recovery during Chicago's bye, considering that he wasn't able to practice in any capacity before being ruled out against the Vikings in Week 10. The second-year pro's ability to practice in some capacity Monday isn't enough to consider him clear of the league's five-step protocol yet, but it does represent a tangible step in the right direction. Montgomery will work to attain full medical clearance in time to suit up in Green Bay on Sunday.

November 23, 2020 12:21 PM EST

David Montgomery: Ruled out Monday

Montgomery (concussion) will not play in Monday's matchup against the Vikings.

Analysis: Montgomery was unable to practice all week, and it looks like the team will err on the side of caution with their second-year running back. The team has a Week 11 bye, so his next chance to return will come in Week 12 versus the Packers. In his absence, Chicago will go to Cordarrelle Patterson as their primary option in the backfield, while Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce will also be available.

November 14, 2020 11:37 AM EST

David Montgomery: Still not practicing

Montgomery (concussion) didn't practice Friday.

Analysis: Montgomery entered the concussion protocol after he exited the Bears' Week 9 loss to the Titans in the fourth quarter. With no practice reps yet under his belt, he's trending in the wrong direction for an appearance Monday against the Vikings. Saturday's injury report will be telling for Montgomery's status, in addition to Chicago's running back situation. If he's unable to suit up, the Bears will roll with Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce out of the backfield.

November 13, 2020 1:43 PM EST

David Montgomery: Can't practice Thursday

Montgomery (concussion) is not participating in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Montgomery suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Titans, and he'll thus need to fully clear the league's five-step protocol for head injuries before being cleared to retake the field. That the Bears' next matchup will come in the form of a Monday night tilt against Minnesota will provide Montgomery an extra day for recovery, but he'll almost certainly need to resume practicing in some capacity Friday or Saturday for any chance of playing Week 10.

November 12, 2020 1:16 PM EST

David Montgomery: In concussion protocol

Montgomery suffered a concussion during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Montgomery got shaken up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, prior to which he had 14 carries for 30 yards, in addition to three catches for 12 yards (on three targets). The second-year pro will now need to fully clear the league's five-step concussion protocol before retaking the field, which puts his availability for Week 10's Monday Night Football contest against the Vikings in some jeopardy. With Tarik Cohen (knee) already out for the year with a torn ACL, the Bears only have Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce behind Montgomery.

November 9, 2020 9:05 AM EST

David Montgomery: Gets shaken up Sunday

Montgomery is under evaluation for a concussion after departing Sunday's game in Tennessee.

Analysis: Montgomery was shaken up in the fourth quarter, with a head injury eventually revealed to be the concern. At the point he left the contest, he had 14 carries for 30 yards and three catches (on three targets) for 12 yards. If Montgomery needs some time away from the field, the Bears will have to trust in Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce out of the backfield.

November 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST

David Montgomery: Over 100 yards from scrimmage

Montgomery rushed 21 times for 89 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards in the Bears' 26-23 loss in overtime to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: For the first time since Week 2, Montgomery rushed for over 3.4 yards per carry, as he consistently was able to fight through initial contact to produce positive yardage. He was also targeted five times, which represents the fifth straight game he's had that many looks in the passing game, and he continues to perform as a volume-based running back option with a solid scoring floor for fantasy managers.

November 1, 2020 5:36 PM EST

David Montgomery: Nearly 20 touches

Montgomery rushed 14 times for 48 yards and caught all five of his targets for 21 yards in Monday night's 24-10 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Montgomery struggled to get much going on the ground against a swarming Los Angeles front seven. Fortunately, though, the tailback picked up a handful of receptions, including a few with the Bears chasing the game late. Montgomery has now caught at least four passes in three straight outings, but with an average of just 45 rushing yards per game over that span, there's ground production left to be desired. However, the sledding doesn't appear any more favorable for Montgomery in Week 8, as he's pitted against a Saints defense that's currently allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game.

October 26, 2020 8:38 PM EST

David Montgomery: Receives 23 touches in victory

Montgomery rushed 19 times for 58 yards while catching four passes for an additional 39 yards in the Bears' 23-16 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Fantasy managers were likely disappointed that Montgomery barely cracked three yards per carry against the second-most generous fantasy defense to opposing running backs, and unfortunately, he was unable to find the end zone on consecutive goal-line carries before Nick Foles eventually scored on the next play. Since taking over a full-time role in the backfield, Montgomery is averaging fewer than three yards per carry, but he's posted at least 30 receiving yards in each of those contests, making him a top-24 running back based on weekly volume.

October 18, 2020 1:46 PM EST

David Montgomery: Scores touchdown in win

Montgomery rushed 10 times for 29 yards and a touchdown while adding seven catches for 30 yards in Chicago's 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Analysis: Montgomery had very little room to run against a Buccaneers defense that's been among the stingiest in the league against opposing running backs, though he was able to pile up a number of short receptions while also scoring on a goal-line carry to give him a solid fantasy day. Since the team lost Tarik Cohen (knee) for the season, Montgomery has seen most of the backfield work, and he should continue to see enough volume to be a high-floor fantasy starter.

October 8, 2020 8:48 PM EST

David Montgomery: Receives 13 touches

Montgomery rushed 10 times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in the Bears' 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Facing a swarming Indianapolis run defense, Montgomery rarely had any room to operate on the ground, as he failed to gain more than six yards on any of his rushing attempts. With the Bears trailing throughout, they were unable to run a balanced offense, keeping Montgomery from seeing a bigger workload. With at least 57 combined yards in each game this season, he'll continue to be a top-24 running back with a solid weekly floor.

October 4, 2020 5:20 PM EST

David Montgomery: Receives 16 touches in win

Montgomery rushed 14 times for 45 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in the Bears' 30-26 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Montgomery was routinely stuffed over his first nine carries of the game, as he was averaging fewer than 1.5 yards on those attempts, but he fortunately had a few productive runs while the Bears were in the process of making up a huge deficit, as he found more room to operate. He's carried the ball between 13 and 16 times in each game this season, giving him a solid weekly floor as a top-25 running back.

September 27, 2020 2:54 PM EST

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