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What to do with David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen in Week 9 fantasy football

David Montgomery broke out last Sunday against Los Angeles. Can that success cary over into a matchup with Philadelphia?

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

If anything has become clear across the past few weeks, its that Chicago wants to utilize David Montgomery. The issue, as often reminded by Mick Jagger, is that we can’t always get what we want. For instance, I’m sure the Bears would also enjoy winning a few more games. Heck, considering his usage in positive scripts, I’m sure Montgomery would sign up for that, too. However, the concept of Chicago dictating their will on a team for 60 minutes seems a little far-fetched at this point of the season. Yet, its truly the key to how Matt Nagy implements his offensive pieces. While Montgomery played 74% of the Bears’ snaps in a tightly contested matchup with the Chargers last weekend, Tarik Cohen out-snapped the rookie 35-30 in a lopsided loss to the Saints the week before.

Still, its hard not to allow yourself to get at least a little excited with Montgomery’s performance last Sunday. The 22-year-old touched the ball 31 times, he eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career, and, maybe most importantly, he garnered a whopping five carries inside the opponent’s 10-yard line. From a volume perspective, there isn’t much more you can ask of a modern running back. Backfields playing the Eagles have only mustered a paltry 66.5 rushing yards per game so far in 2019 - the third-lowest mark in all of football; but Montgomery feels like he’s at least reached a level where he’s a FLEX option in a poor matchup.

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

It really can’t be overstated how stout Philadelphia is against the run. Through eight weeks, the team’s surrendered only 3.32 adjusted line yards per attempt and just two opponent RBs have managed even 50 yards rushing by game’s end. Unfortunately, you rarely get ideal conditions in Fantasy Football. Montgomery might not be a DFS target, yet, in season-long, there’s simply no way to avoid someone so involved in every element of Chicago’s attack. Cohen’s a different story, as the diminutive back has exceeded five standard points just once all year. If he’s not going to be viable in a contest where he catches nine passes, I’m not sure when I’d feel comfortable using him.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Montgomery. Sit Cohen.