Chicago Bears 2021 fantasy football review; 2022 outlook

Nick Skrip
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Chicago Bears, David Montgomery
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David Montgomery, RB – Chicago Bears fantasy football outlook

Now, let’s take a look at how David Montgomery did in 2021.

  • Week 4 vs. DET: 23 carries for 106 yards (4.6 avg). 2 TDs. 22.6 fpts. RB5 overall
  • Week 13 vs. AZ: 21 carries for 90 yards (4.3 avg). TD. 8 receptions for 51 yards. 28.1 fpts. RB2 overall
  • Week 16 @ SEA: 21 carries for 45 yards (2.1). TD. 7 catches for 61 yards. 23.6 fpts. RB7 overall
  • Week 17 vs. NYG: 22 carries for 64 yards (2.9 avg). 2 TD’s. 2 catches for 17 yards. 21.1 fpts. RB8 overall

Although Montgomery missed four full games, he still finished as the RB20 overall (weeks 1-17). He finished a handful of weeks as a top-10 RB for fantasy and had plenty of other serviceable weeks. The really good sign was some of his pass-catching days — some of those were evident above in games where he caught seven and eight passes.

Those catches boost an RBs fantasy value for PPR formats. The yards per carry (YPC) need to be more consistent. Where again you can see the difference above with two of these examples being above 4.0 YPC (solid) and two of the examples above being under 3.0 YPC (bad).

In 2022, if Justin Fields runs a consistent passing game and keeps defenses honest, I think that will directly correlate to David Montgomery’s success. For fantasy, I would say an early prediction is that Montgomery can be a top 15-20 RB. This would make him a solid RB2 for your fantasy team, meaning he would not be your best RB rostered but would be a comfortable second RB on your fantasy team.

If he continues to receive passing work and can be consistent in his YPC I think he will make plenty of people happy and be a stable piece of fantasy lineups.