1Still a three-down back?
David Montgomery’s passing-game usage keeps him in the top 10-16 conversation. Remember, he was the overall RB4 two years ago, when he was No. 3 in RB broken tackles. Despite the very real downward pressures facing him in 2022, he can still be a reliable weekly fantasy starter, especially if he continues to collect 14-18 carries (or even 12-14 carries) and 3-4 receptions per game.
2Will the Bears remain invested in him all season?
Yellow flags for Montgomery include his career 3.9 yards per carry and the fact that he’s due to be a free agent after this season unless the Bears re-up. If he’s not perceived as a long-term answer, with Chicago unlikely to make headway as a playoff contender, there’s a clear scenario where Montgomery loses significant touches down the stretch.
3Khalil Herbert is looming
Khalil Herbert is another yellow flag. Last year, the rookie played well in place of the injured Montgomery. He could challenge Montgomery as soon as Week 1.