Fantasy Player: Ty Montgomery
Rank: RB #17
Risk Level: Medium
- Only running back in Green Bay
- Possibility of being a 3 down back
- Can Catch out of the backfield
- Packers want to establish the run game
- Stays Healthy
- Can play both RB and WR positions
- Not as experienced
- Blocking issues might not let him stay on the field
- Packers have always been inconsistent with the running game
- Less touches-Offense predominately throws the ball
- Sample Size season at RB
I think everyone was shocked when Ty Montgomery was inserted at the running back position for the Green Bay Packers. They got extremely low on the depth chart due to injuries and Montgomery did well when handed the touches. Last season he finished with 457 rushing yards, 348 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns.
I like Montgomery this year. His ADP is around #59 and he’s ranked close to #20 for the RB position. However, Montgomery has been slowly climbing up the rankings. In mock drafts, fantasy owners have started taking him late 3rd round or early 4th round. People are starting the see the value and potential that Montgomery could have. The Packers have such a dominate aerial attack , that it would be easy for a consistent running back to put up solid numbers in their system. Montgomery made the transition from WR to RB look easy. Last season he showed that he has good vision between the tackles, he’s explosive, and he of course can catch the ball since he was formerly a wide out. He’s also trained extremely well this off-season. He’s put on the proper muscle for a running back build and has been working on his footwork. If Montgomery can learn the blocking schemes and positions, then he wouldn’t have to come off the field. And with Aaron Rodgers there is always a great chance of getting those receiving touchdowns for Montgomery.
The Packers depth chart at running back is still very weak. I understand it’s hard to trust the Packers running game since they have arguably the Quarterback in the game. They do have the 27th easiest schedule for running backs this coming season. Montgomery will get about 15 plus touches per game this season. It may not be as much as the other starting running backs, but these 15 touches will be more quality touches than other starting running backs around the league. Montgomery averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 7.9 yards per reception. He has the upside of cracking into the top 12 RB’s this year if he can sustain this type of production with the touches he will be receiving.
Hopefully the Packers can finally move on from the disappointing Eddie Lacy era. Fantasy owners should look at Montgomery as a great flex play or RB2 as of right now, but by seasons end he will be low end RB1. Montgomery’s upside continues to grow week by week. The job is his and no one is threatening him for it. I’m expecting over 1,100 total yards, with about 6 touchdowns.