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What to do with David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen in Week 12 fantasy football

Montgomery’s struggled the past two weeks after seeming to break out in games against Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Will he be viable once again in Week 12?

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It feels like a frustrating time to be a David Montgomery owner, yet I feel safe in saying happy days are on the immediate horizon. Still, we thought the consistency was going to be there after a Week 9 performance against the Eagles where the rookie scored a pair of touchdowns and saw 70% of the Bears’ offensive snaps for the second time in as many games. That was supposed to be it, the signal that this was now Montgomery’s backfield and that the offense was going to go through him. Well, it hasn’t turned out that way in Chicago’s last two matchups. The 22-year-old’s been held to just 91 rushing yards and a single catch in contests against Detroit and Los Angeles, with Montgomery seeing the field for only 46.1% of the Bears’ snaps in Week 11. You un-ironically hate to see it.

However, for as nauseating a thought as relying on Chicago to win might seem, the Bears come into this Sunday as nearly touchdown favorites playing at home. They should be able to manhandle a drastically flawed Giants squad and exit Week 12 with a victory. Such a script would be fantastic for Montgomery. The Iowa State product has averaged a whopping 19.0 touches per game in the Bears’ four wins so far in 2019, and that’s not including Montgomery’s 31-touch effort against the Chargers, a tilt Chicago lost on a last-second field goal miss by Eddie Pineiro. When game flow dictates that the Bears can run the football, they’ve continually shown that they’re willing and that Montgomery is their No. 1 option.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Chicago Bears RBs David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen

Through 11 weeks of action, only one NFC team has surrendered more rushing touchdowns than New York’s 12. On top of that, the Giants have conceded 122.7 rushing yards and 30.3 opponent rushing attempts per contest, with the latter representing the fourth-highest mark in the NFL. This should be Montgomery’s time to shine. Tarik Cohen’s benefitted from catching a touchdown in each of Chicago’s past two games, but his value has been inconsistent and far too intertwined with Mitch Trubisky’s personal failures. If there’s one Bears’ RB to trust in Week 12, it has to be the rookie.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Montgomery. Sit Cohen.