The first game of the NFL season is in the books, with the Detroit Lions upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs on banner night, 21-20. While it felt like the Chiefs lost the game versus the Lions actually winning it, there were some strong performances on Detroit’s side. David Montgomery fantasy football owners should come away happy with everything that took place.
David Montgomery Fantasy Football Outlook
In a game where the Detroit Lions wanted to run the ball and keep Patrick Mahomes off of the field, they were able to do exactly that. They had possession for nearly 33 minutes tonight. The direct benefactor to this was the David Montgomery fantasy football value.
Montgomery ran the ball 21 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. This played out exactly how we have been saying on Fantasy Football by Committee.
This was not a situation where the Lions were bringing rookie Jahmyr Gibbs along slowly. Montgomery is the lead runner. He is a strong runner who has shown the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Most of all, he moves the chains and gets the short-yardage conversions.
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What is David Montgomery’s Fantasy Value Moving Forward?
Due to his ability to finish runs, it was wild that sportsbooks had his rushing touchdowns for the year set at 6.5. Hell, Jamaal Williams ran for 17 last year, and Montgomery came in to take over that role! Hopefully, you bet the over like I did.
As for fantasy football, what you saw against the Chiefs should be pretty typical. He has a high probability of scoring touchdowns, and Montgomery should pick up plenty of rushing yards. Look for the Lions to use him as a receiver a bit more as well.
All of this culminates into a strong David Montgomery fantasy football value. He projects as a mid-RB2 to flex play most weeks, but there will be matchups that we will let you know favor him or GIbbs more.
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