Packers RB Ty Montgomery Will Be A Fantasy Football Stud in 2017
It’s no secret that the Green Bay Packers have a lot of weapons offensively. Many players are poised for big statistical seasons and one of them is running back Ty Montgomery.
Montgomery, who is slated to be the Packers starting running back this season, will look to build on the stretch run of 2016, when he established himself as the bell cow of the backfield.
The former wide receiver from Stanford, who Green Bay picked in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, changed positions due to need last season and wound up flourishing. During the regular season, he rushed 77 times for 457 yards (5.9 YPC), while also catching 44 passes for 348 yards.
When it comes to fantasy football, the Packers are always a team of interest and in terms of running backs, Montgomery is one that should garner some serious attention. Not only is he going to be the primary ball carrier, but he should also see plenty of passes out of the backfield.
44 receptions might not seem like a lot, but in point-per-reception fantasy football leagues, a running back that catches lots of passes can make up for a lack of touchdowns or simply add to his production. And over a 16-game season, Montgomery should blow that figure (44 catches) out of the water.
In what would hardly be considered full-time work, Montgomery racked up more than 800 yards from scrimmage last season and scored three touchdowns. So, with the idea that he secures around 250-300 total touches in 2017, it’s easy to see the Packers running back getting well over the 1,200 yard mark in terms of total yards. In fact, he could even push 1,500.
Green Bay did lose T.J. Lang up front, but outside of the that, the offensive line should be solid, especially if Jahri Evans, Lang’s replacement can stay healthy. That’s good news for Montgomery, who was the NFL’s most elusive runner last season per 100 touches according to Pro Football Focus.
Ty Montgomery looked like a natural at running back last year pic.twitter.com/aUaAezYRUK
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 30, 2017
Montgomery will also have the benefit of facing a lot of seven-man boxes this season, due to the fact that stopping Rodgers and the passing game will still be the first priority. Hopefully, he will also get involved in the screen game more and handle more of the short-yardage duties.
But what Montgomery might lack in overall touchdowns, he will make up for with yards and receptions. And the best part is, he won’t cost you an super early pick in your fantasy football draft. He’s not a sleeper per say, but he’s not viewed as elite ether.
Montgomery has a legitimate chance to be a top-15 fantasy back in 2017, especially in PPR formats. So while there might be some questions surrounding him, ignore them and secure yourself a back that will produce like an early-round pick.