The Case For Montgomery To Lead NFL In Rushing

Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports has high praise for Bears rookie David Montgomery.

Joe Ostrowski Show
August 19, 2019 - 2:41 pm
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(670 The Score) There's been no shortage of acclaim for Bears rookie running back David Montgomery as the start of the season nears, but fantasy football analyst and writer Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports has taken his love to a new level.

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He's all in on Montgomery from a fantasy football and gambling perspective, as he explained on Early Odds with Joe Ostrowski on 670 The Score on Saturday. Evans believes a wager of around 50-1 on Montgomery to be the NFL's rushing leader is a value bet.

"This isn't a shot in the dark," Evans said. "The lights are on. This could absolutely happen. The Bears' offensive line, I think, is going to be top-end across the board, particularly in run blocking. We know the defense is the best in the business -- ultra-elite, which will lead to positive game scripts (for Montgomery). No, I'm not worried about Mike Davis being a threat. Mike Davis may only get like three to five touches per game. No, I'm not worried about Tarik Cohen being a threat either. I think they're going to work simultaneously in creative packages that Matt Nagy installs. In fact, I think Tarik Cohen could by Tyreek Hill light within this scheme. You mentioned the Kareem Hunt comp (for Montgomery). They're real. Hunt blasted off to the Andromeda Galaxy under the tutelage of Nagy in Kansas City. Dave Montgomery is more skilled than Kareem Hunt, a guy that forced over 100 missed tackles in consecutive seasons at Iowa State, the only running back to do that in the Pro Football Focus era.

"At a minimum, you're talking 1,300 total yards, seven to nine touchdowns. And yeah, at 50-1, why the hell not?"

Evans isn't at all concerned about Montgomery's role being just a share in a running back committee.

"If you know anything about Matt Nagy's history, he likes to feature a workhorse," Evans said. "You saw it in Kansas City with Andy Reid there, and I think it will be the same strategy employed in Chicago."

Listen to the full Early Odds show here, as Ostrowski discussed plenty of Bears and NFL season bets and props.