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RB Ty Montgomery - Green Bay Packers

6-0, 221Born: 1-22-1993College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3

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Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Packers struggled to move the ball on the ground in a tough matchup against a strong Browns run defense last week. Jamaal Williams led the way with 68% of the snaps and 15 carries for 49 rushing yards. While it was a less productive day on the ground, Williams was much more heavily involved in the passing attack as the Packers were playing from behind in most of this game. Williams did extend his touchdown streak to three straight games as he punched one in from the goal line in the fourth quarter. Averaging 19 carries per game over the last five weeks, Williams has clearly asserted himself as the lead back for the Packers. He has seen an encouraging amount of usage both on rushing and passing downs, making Williams a high upside running back option for consideration. This week, Williams will face a Panthers run defense that has done an excellent job shutting down teams not from New Orleans this season. They have given up just the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs as opposing backfields are averaging just 75 rushing yards per game. Take out the two games against the Saints, and this defense would have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game and just three rushing touchdowns to running backs. Kawaan Short has been one of the best interior defenders in football while Luke Kuechly continues to light up the league with his tremendous play at middle linebacker. The Packers roll out a bottom tier offensive line, so look for them to struggle with opening up holes for Jamaal Williams to run through this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 54 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Montgomery left the game with a rib injury, but was able to break a long touchdown run in the second quarter. The offense did a great job opening a hole for Montgomery, and he hit that gap quickly before accelerating into the open field. Nobody came anywhere near him as he easily scored.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones got the start but Montgomery got more carries and was on the field for more snaps. Montgomery looked better on the few carries he got, but the Packers fell behind so completely that the ground game was mostly abandoned and when it wasn't, the runners often faced stacked boxes as the Detroit Lions didn't really believe Brett Hundley could beat them.

2017 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Montgomery was clearly the No. 2 back on Sunday, and was on the field for just seven snaps. We're unclear if he is still unhealthy, but ultimately the only thing which matters is production and if you aren't on the field, you don't produce.

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Back in the lineup and ostensibly healthy again, Montgomery struggled against the Minnesota Vikings and his most notable moment was dropping what would have been a surefire touchdown pass. On the play, Montgomery slipped out past the linebackers on a route and was wide open for a pass from quarterback Brett Hundley, who delivered a decent throw, which was absolutely manageable for Montgomery. Unfortunately, the running back didn't have a firm hold on the ball when he hit the ground while extending for the score and it came loose. Upon review, the pass was ruled incomplete. The Packers had to settle for a field goal, rather than a touchdown which would have tied the game.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Montgomery left the game after the first drive with what appeared to be a chest injury and later was reported as a rib injury. There have been some conflicting reports as to the severity of the injury, with some saying Montgomery has a broken rib and others saying it is a bruise or fracture, both of which he could play through.

2017 Week 3 vs CIN (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 15 / 0 rec)

Montgomery had a tough game, as the makeshift offensive line gave him nowhere to go. He spent a lot of time getting targeted out of the backfield, totaling 18 passes thrown his way, though like when he was running the ball, there was almost nowhere to run to. He also left the game for a bit with an arm injury, but returned.

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (10 / 35 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 75 / 1 rec)

The Packers fell so far behind, so quickly that Montgomery barely ran the ball during this game, but with Jordy Nelson and then Randall Cobb hurt, he saw a massive uptick in targets, which led to a very productive day, from a yardage standpoint. He also scored twice, once near the end of the first quarter as he bulled his way through two defenders for the score and the second time on a 1-yard shovel pass from Aaron Rodgers when the game was mostly over with. Montgomery's ability as a receiving weapon will come in very handy of Cobb and/or Nelson are out for a length of time.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (19 / 54 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

This was Montgomery's chance to prove he should have the full load of carries, but his paltry 2.8 yards per carry is a little concerning. Still, the Packers look like they are dedicated to making him the main back, and gave him 23 touches to erase any doubt observers had. The Seahawks are a tough run defense though, and they hit him at the line regularly and swarmed him on the rare occasions when he got free. He did look good running the ball on his touchdown, which came after the defense forced a fumble during a sack of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. That score showed you a couple of things to like as Montgomery was quick to get the ball, showed good vision to find the seam, then a nice ability to get skinny and get through early traffic. Montgomery was stopped at about the one and bulled his way over the goal line for the first Packers touchdown of the year. Montgomery did leave the game briefly with an ankle or foot issue, but came back in.

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Latest News

Packers | Ty Montgomery to undergo surgery (Fri Dec 1, 08:37 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery (ribs, wrist) will need to undergo wrist surgery, which is why he was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source.

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Packers | Ty Montgomery lands on IR (Fri Dec 1, 05:26 PM) - The Green Bay Packers placed RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 1, and signed WR Michael Clark to the active roster.

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Packers | Ty Montgomery out for Week 13 (Fri Dec 1, 11:12 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 13.

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Schedule

15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions