RB David Montgomery - Chicago Bears

5-10, 216Born: 6-7-1997College: Iowa StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Montgomery had one of his best games of the year heading into a matchup against a Cowboys defense that got run over on Thanksgiving.

Week 14: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. David Montgomery is coming off of one of his best days as an NFL running back after a disappointing rookie season in Chicago as he was able to rush for 75 yards on 16 carries and was able to consistently find the hole and gain positive yards on nearly every run. Finding space to run through has been a consistent issue for the Bears offensive line that has struggled after losing its leader in Kyle Long for the year as Rashaad Coward has struggled to fill in at right guard, and Cody Whitehair has struggled at Center as more emphasis has been placed on him without his Pro Bowl leader next to him. The Bears will also be without right tackle Bobbie Massie who suffered an ankle injury that will force veteran Cornelius Lucas into the starting role in Chicago. The Cowboys run defense has been a unit that has been the definition of league average. On the year, they have allowed 4.1 yards-per-carry which is the 13th best in the NFL, and the 14th most fantasy points to running backs on the season. There is some cause for concern as the Cowboys will be without second-year linebacker Leighton Vander Esch who while is not having the incredible season like he did last year, is still a speed linebacker who can contain the edge. With no Vander Esch, this will put an increased emphasis on Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee as the team will likely go with more of a Nickel defense as Vander Esch's backup Joe Thomas typically only plays 15-20 snaps per game. This is a situation in which while Vander Esch is a significant loss if he is out for some time, with the Bears having an in-between the tackle running scheme will not play as significant of a role as it otherwise could have with a speed off-tackle running back. The Bears might try to take advantage of the Cowboys defense with Tarik Cohen off the edge but have shown that they will only give the small running back a few carries per game.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs DET 34 17 60 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6
11 at LAR 35 14 31 0 3 1.0 19 0 0 5
12 vs NYG 47 13 22 0 3 2.0 9 0 0 3.1
13 at DET 40 16 75 0 2 2.0 12 1 0 14.7
14 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 2.1 * * * *
14 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 2.2 * * * *
14 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

David Montgomery's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs DET (16 / 75 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

David Montgomery had one of his better performances of the season on Thanksgiving against the Lions and was involved as both a runner and a receiver. On the ground, Montgomery ran with power and lateral ability on the interior, but his lack of speed and burst showed, particular on a perimeter carry in the red zone where he got tackled from behind on what could have been a touchdown. Fortunately, Montgomery was able to score on a crossing route in the end zone from the slot for the game-winning touchdown. Montgomery did have multiple other big gains called back by penalty including a chunk run and a screen reception. Montgomery gets a matchup with the Cowboys next Thursday.

2019 Week 12 vs NYG (13 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery led the Bears offense in rushing attempts with 13, but only managed 22 yards. Montgomery had little rushing room and was frequently met in the backfield with little opportunity to establish himself. This trend was also evident in the red zone, where Montgomery got two carries inside the five but was stopped for short to no gain on the plays. Montgomery also had two short receptions and had an opportunity for a big play down the seam but Mitchell Trubisky's throw was nowhere near Montgomery. After Coach Matt Nagy publicly committed to running the ball more frequently a couple weeks ago, he has regressed towards his pass-happy tendency to rely on Mitchell Trubisky, making Montgomery a low ceiling option in the offense. He will get a good matchup next week against the Lions on Thanksgiving.

2019 Week 11 vs LAR (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery started for the Bears after a midweek ankle injury that left him a game-time decision. Montgomery struggled to find interior room to run against a Rams defense that overwhelmed Chicago's offensive line. Montgomery caught a ball in the flat and was able to turn the ball upfield for a run after the catch in an open runway. He did lose time to Tarik Cohen who saw extended time in a traditional running back role and carried the ball nine times. The Chicago offense is very limited and Montgomery has a hard time creating a rhythm or successful opportunities. He will get a good matchup next week against the Giants next week.

2019 Week 10 vs DET (17 / 60 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery started at running back for the Chicago Bears but struggled in the game. He was involved early in the game plan, but the offense struggled to create sustained drives in the first half which hurt his ability to get into a rhythm. Montgomery got 17 carries, but found little running room, outside of two nine-yard runs where he ran physically. He was not targeted in the passing game. He will face the Rams in week 11.

2019 Week 9 vs PHI (14 / 40 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery was the lone bright spot in a putrid offensive performance for the Bears on Sunday. Montgomery has seen expanded usage in the past two weeks both on the ground and through the air after low volume performances early in the season. Montgomery was a focal point of the offense early on the ground and was successful getting downhill on runs on the interior. The Bears entered negative game script early in the game, but Montgomery saw passing game work, including a deep target down the seam on a route that Tarik Cohen was targeted on earlier in the season. Montgomery did drop another target. Montgomery's fantasy day was saved by two goal line touchdowns. His first touchdown was a goal line carry on third down after Tarik Cohen was stopped on the first goal line carry of the series, while he converted the second of his two chances on the second touchdown. Montgomery continued to trend in the right direction in terms of usage, but the Chicago offense is completely capped by Mitchell Trubisky's poor play. He will have a good matchup against the Lions next week who just gave up a big game to Joshua Jacobs this week.

2019 Week 8 vs LAC (27 / 135 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery had the best game of his professional career against the Chargers in a loss on Sunday. Montgomery was a focal point of the offense from the start after the Bears only ran the ball seven times last week. Coach Matt Nagy took responsibility for the lack of running game during the week and leaned heavily on Montgomery against the Chargers so the usage is a good sign for Montgomery's potential future role in the offense. Montgomery was physical running between the tackles and ran with power when he was attacking downhill. Montgomery was noticeable more focused on running downhill against the Chargers after spending too much time running side to side in early weeks. He did break off a huge gain in a two-minute drill at the end of the first half but was run down from behind on what would have been a touchdown if Montgomery was faster. Montgomery did get work at the goal line and was able to score a touchdown off the right side. Montgomery was involved in the passing game with four receptions, but his targets were primarily short receptions that were well defended. Montgomery will travel to the Eagles next Sunday.

2019 Week 7 vs NO (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery had a nightmare game against the Saints on Sunday. He was a ghost in the first half as Tarik Cohen handled much of the offense and only had two carries on the game, including a lost fumble. Montgomery had some short receptions in garbage time after the game was out of reach but failed to add anything after the catch. Montgomery is restricted by a limited offense and is likely to be unpredictable next week against the Chargers.

2019 Week 5 vs OAK (11 / 25 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery struggled to create running room against the Raiders on Sunday. Montgomery's inability to gain traction on the ground has been a consistent trend throughout the season and is a combination of offensive line struggles and his running style. Montgomery made an excellent reception on a contested ball in the passing game and was able to convert his second of two carries inside the five for a touchdown which made his fantasy day palatable. Montgomery will have a bye next week before facing the Saints in week seven.

2019 Week 4 vs MIN (21 / 53 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery entered the game behind Tarik Cohen but took over the lead role in the backfield upon his entry. Montgomery was primarily used on running plays but did get work in the passing game. Montgomery had a drop and was tackled on a busted screen play. Montgomery struggled to get running room and ran like a plodder with a long carry of seven yards. The offense is limited by the quarterback position and as a result, Montgomery has little room to run. Montgomery will face the Raiders in week five.

2019 Week 3 vs WAS (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery continued his consolidation of the Bears running attack on Monday night against the Washington Redskins. After sharing the workload with Mike Davis in week one, Montgomery has led the Bears rushing attack while Davis has been relegated to near obscurity the past two weeks. Montgomery broke a big gain of 25 yards but was a nonfactor on two trips to the red zone where Mitchell Trubisky threw touchdown passes to Taylor Gabriel, including an RPO where Tarik Cohen was the running back. Montgomery projects for the lead volume in the backfield, but may struggle to score touchdowns in an offense that Mitchell Trubisky struggles to consistently move down the field. He faces a tough test next week against the Vikings.

2019 Week 2 vs DEN (18 / 62 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery drew the start against the Broncos after playing in a full-blown committee with Mike Davis last week. Montgomery took over the backfield this week and had 18 carries to only 3 for Davis. Montgomery played swift laterally but continually spent time juking while pursuing defenders tackled him from behind. He got goal-line opportunities, punching in a touchdown on his threw point-blank attempt of the series. Montgomery drew three targets and caught one, while Tarik Cohen had five targets working more in wide receiver alignment. The lack of a passing game is allowing defenses to cram the line of scrimmage and bottle up Montgomery's carries, and without a top gear, Montgomery is unable to break off big gains to make defenses pay. Montgomery travels to Washington in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs GB (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

David Montgomery struggled against the Green Bay Packer defense in a week one loss. Montgomery played the second series of the game, behind Mike Davis who started. Montgomery struggled, with all his attempts coming to the left of the formation. His best play was a catch down the seam that he made a good adjustment to catch. Montgomery played 28 snaps compared to 41 for Davis, as the two worked in the traditional running back role, while Cohen played significantly in the slot. Montgomery and Davis are in a committee for the traditional running back role and face a tough test in week two at Denver.


Latest News

Bears | David Montgomery runs for 86 yards in win (Fri Dec 6, 01:10 AM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Montgomery was banged up at the end of the game and slowed down as the game went on. He has a limited ceiling against Green Bay next week.
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Bears | David Montgomery totals 77 yards (Thu Nov 28, 04:37 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery handled 16 carries for 75 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions.

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Bears | David Montgomery bottled up in win (Sun Nov 24, 07:44 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery rushed 13 times for 22 yards in Week 12 against the New York Giants and he added two grabs for just nine yards on three targets.

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