Chicago Bears Fantasy Football: Week 1 Review
By Nick Skrip
Chicago Bears RBs: Fantasy Football Stats
David Montgomery: 18.8 fantasy points / RB8 for the week
In 2020, the Rams gave up the fifth least fantasy points to RBs, which makes David Montgomery’s week in a big loss even more significant. 16 carries for 108 rushing yards (6.8 avg) and a catch for 10 yards, Montgomery was the best fantasy player for the Bears offense.
The knocks he took for performing big against poor defenses last year down the stretch went out the door with him stepping up big against a solid Rams defense. Montgomery’s rushing volume should go up in games that are closer for the Bears, and the hope is that he adds some more receptions each week.
Damien Williams was not a threat for rushing volume, only carrying the ball six times. Projecting forward, David Montgomery is a weekly starter for fantasy that you should have confidence plugging in after this performance, especially as the schedule eases up such as the future weeks with the Bengals, Lions and Raiders. If Montgomery is consistent, he can sneak back into being one of fantasy’s top 12 RBs.
Damien Williams: 8 fantasy points / RB39 for the week
Looking at that RB39 mark for the week, Damien Williams was actually better than some top-of-the-line RBs such as Ezekiel Elliott, Najee Harris and Aaron Jones. Each of them scored fewer fantasy points than Williams, but cost way more draft capital.
Williams’ four receptions were interesting because for PPR scoring purposes that can make an RB relevant for fantasy, but Williams is more of a stash on your bench as an RB handcuff insurance to David Montgomery. Williams would need Montgomery out of the mix, a high reception count, and score TDs to be more relevant. Rostered in 8.5% of ESPN Leagues, I do not feel it is necessary to have him on your bench personally