This will be the first edition of a series of articles called “Fantasy Football Conundrums.” Let’s face it, fantasy football is about as unpredictable as Jeremy Hill. That’s why I’m here to help. “Fantasy Football Conundrums” will offer insight and advice to the NFL’s most confusing issues. In this edition, we’ll take a look at a the Packers’ running back situation.
So with Eddie Lacy placed on IR and James Starks out indefinitely, who will lead the Packers’ backfield? If last week’s matchup against the Bears told us anything, it’s that the answer could very well be Ty Montgomery. After not catching a pass through the first five weeks of the season, Montgomery has since been an active contributor to the Packers’ offense both as a rusher and a pass catcher. In fact, Montgomery became the first Green Bay Packer to have back-to-back 10 reception games since Sterling Sharpe did so in 1993. In these past two games, the second year pro compiled 20 receptions for 164 yards and ran for 66 yards on 12 carries. He has also proven to be a reliable option for Aaron Rodgers, hauling in 20 out of 25 balls thrown his way. However, after having more time to become acclimated to the playbook, the recently acquired Knile Davis should see more touches especially in short yardage situations, an area where Montgomery struggled last week.
Even with Knile Davis stealing a few carries and the occasional Randall Cobb handoffs, Montgomery still figures to be a focal point of a very good offense. And if you haven’t realized this already, Ty Montgomery has been given both running back and wide receiver designation in ESPN leagues, a huge plus when you consider the scarce amount of feature running backs in the league. Especially in PPR leagues, Montgomery is a great flex play with RB2/WR2 upside. Ride the wave and start Montgomery this week as he faces a porous Falcons’ defense.