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What to do with David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen on Thursday Night Football

The Bears backfield faces a below-average Cowboys run defense. Will they capitalize?

Detroit Lions defensive back Dee Virgin tackles Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) in the first half at Soldier Field. Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

David Montgomery ranks 20th in total PPR fantasy points for running backs while Tarik Cohen ranks 29th. On the season, Montgomery has averaged 16.3 touches per game to Cohen’s 8.4.

Montgomery has had some nice spiked fantasy weeks, but they are few and far between, with two games over 20 fantasy points and six over 10. That leaves five where he hasn’t hit double digits despite his consistent workload.

Cohen has topped double-digit fantasy points just once in standard leagues, but six times in PPR leagues this season, making him a sometimes useful flex play in PPR.

Fantasy football analysis: Chicago Bears RBs David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen

The Bears take on the Cowboys, who rank 17th against the run in DVOA and 14th in allowing fantasy points to running backs. I think we can safely call them a middling defense against running backs.

Montgomery needs to find the end zone to make him a worthy play each week, which he has done six times in five games. He’s topped 100 yards rushing only one time and has five receptions over his last four games. His upside and floor aren’t high enough to feel great about starting him, but his workload makes him safer than his counterpart Cohen.

The Cowboys have given up the sixth-most receptions to running backs, which does favor Cohen, as he has 4, 7, 5, and 4 receptions over the last four games. In standard leagues, there’s no reason to start him, but he does have flex appeal in PPR leagues.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Cohen PPR flex.

Start Montgomery PPR and Standard RB3/fle