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 Nov 11): Montgomery had a solid day running the ball, but didn't score or get a catch, so he was disappointing for fantasy despite the better day from the Bears offense. He'll be a low ceiling RB2 against the Rams next week.

General News (Thu Nov 14): did not practice on Thursday. Montgomery "lightly rolled" his ankle in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, head coach Matt Nagy said Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 13): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Since head coach and play-caller Matt Nagy publicly proclaimed his intentions to run the football more, rookie David Montgomery's role in the Chicago Bears' offense has grown immensely. Across the 3 games since, Montgomery has tallied 83-percent of all running back carries in the team's offense. Averaging over 19 carries per game in that span, Montgomery has struggled to convert his newfound rushing volume into significant rushing production. On the season, the rookie running back has registered only 2 games of more than 3.53 yards per carry. Montgomery's struggles on the ground are primarily a product of poor offensive line play and stacked defensive fronts. The Chicago Bears' offensive line has been one of the weakest in the NFL this season, and opposing defenses are showing their passing attack very little respect. Montgomery has faced a loaded defensive front with at least eight players in the box on over one-quarter of his carries this season, and this will likely continue in week 11 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Los Angeles Rams' loaded defensive front has been one of the league's premier run-stopping forces through the first nine games of the 2019 season. The Rams have only allowed 3.3 yards per carry thus far this season, the second-best mark in the NFL. Along the defensive line, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers are two of the league's best disruptors against the run. At linebacker, Corey Littleton has stepped up in 2019 as one of the surest tacklers in the league. He ranks 20th in the NFL with 47 total tackles through 9 games, while only missing 1 tackle during that span. The secondary provides ample support against the run, with Eric Weddle and Jalen Ramsey both grading as top-end run stoppers in the defensive backfield. The Rams have only allowed 2 100-yard rushers this season: MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey in week 1, and Chris Carson in a 27-carry Thursday night game in week 5. David Montgomery will certainly have his work cut out for him on Sunday night in his quest to add another name to that list. The Rams' superior defensive front-seven should dominate in the trenches against the Bears' weak offensive line, leaving Montgomery with very little room to run in week 11.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 vs NO 30 2 6 0 2 2.0 13 0 1 0.9
8 vs LAC 60 27 135 1 5 4.0 12 0 0 20.7
9 at PHI 33 14 40 2 4 3.0 36 0 0 19.6
10 vs DET 34 17 60 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6
11 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 2.0 * * * *
11 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 0.6 * * * *
11 at LAR 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 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.

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Bears | Chicago's Week 11 injury report (Fri Nov 15, 02:52 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton (calf), LB Isaiah Irving (quad), LB Danny Trevathan (elbow) and TE Adam Shaheen (foot) did not practice Friday, Nov. 15, and have been ruled out for Week 11 against the Los Angeles Rams. RB David Montgomery was upgraded to a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable. DT Bilal Nichols (knee) was also limited practice Friday and no longer appears on the injury report.

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Bears | David Montgomery back at practice (Fri Nov 15, 02:19 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) returned to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 15, after sitting out Thursday, Nov. 14, with an ankle injury. He is expected to be listed as questionable for Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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Bears | David Montgomery does not practice (Thu Nov 14, 06:58 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Bears | David Montgomery rolled ankle (Thu Nov 14, 01:48 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) 'lightly rolled' his ankle in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, head coach Matt Nagy said Thursday. Montgomery was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Our View: Montgomery didn't practice today and is questionable at best for Sunday night. Because it's a night game, you'll have to have a hedge to play Montgomery, and his ceiling might not be good enough to justify it anyway. Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall would be see more work if Montgomery can't go against the Rams.
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Bears | David Montgomery listed as limited (Wed Nov 13, 03:55 PM) - Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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11@ Los Angeles Rams
12vs New York Giants
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15@ Green Bay Packers
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17@ Minnesota Vikings