I should probably focus on the man atop of my and everyone else's Week 10 fantasy football running back rankings, Dalvin Cook. But I know he's good, you know he's good, we all know. That's not news. Instead, I'd like to talk about the back on the other side of that Monday night matchup: David Montgomery.
Sure, there have been plenty of preseason top-30 backs like Christian McCaffrey, Miles Sanders, Joe Mixon, and Raheem Mostert who have fallen way short of their draft position. But all of those backs and few others have not fulfilled their fantasy draft day hopes due to injury. What's Montgomery's excuse? The biggest injury the Bears' backfield sustained was to the other half of the RBBC (Tarik Cohen, torn ACL), which should have opened things up for fantasy success for Montgomery. Instead, Montgomery has been the biggest bust of the top 30 backs independent of injury.
Montgomery is averaging a mediocre 3.6 yards per carry, has just one more rushing touchdown than Cordarelle Patterson does this season (which is a big fat zero), and is averaging less than 40 rushing yards per game. And now he's in the concussion protocol? I knocked him all the way down to RB3 territory and I think I still have him too high. Yes, I do own him in one of my leagues, but he will not see my starting lineup again until he can score double-digit fantasy points. I don't think he's seeing my starting lineup the rest of the year and he shouldn't see yours either.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets
NFL RB Rankings: Week 10
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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