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The versatile RB is the most valuable RB.. not only to use fantasy players, but to most modern offensive NFL coaches as well. If a back can handle early down duties and catch the ball, it allows for coaches to be versatile in their play calling, and not be as predictable.
And Matt Nagy? He’s one of the most unpredictable offensive play callers in the league. Nagy comes from the Andy Reid tree, and even on limited touches, a versatile RB has always been efficient even on limited touches on Reid’s offenses. In a scheme that can get the ball to RBs in space, it’s a great fit when you consider how good Montgomery is at breaking tackles and making guys miss.
Assuming Montgomery doesn’t start off slow in training camp, I would assume he’d take over the role Nagy wanted Jordan Howard to play at the beginning of last season. Nagy desperately wanted Howard to be that versatile 3-down back, giving him 9 targets and 70%+ of snaps over the first two games. When Howard failed, his snaps went down right away and Tarik Cohen’s snap percentage started to hover around 50% for the rest of the season.
With Cohen not being the ideal back in non-passing situations, he’s not the versatile back Nagy can depend on either, but more of the special weapon that he can deploy as a wild card all over the formation. Last year, Cohen’s 12-15 touches per game through his best stretch might have been a product of necessity rather than what Nagy originally had planned.
If Montgomery can get a handle on that early down role in camp and preseason, he can maintain a high floor with upside as we saw when Matt Nagy called plays in 2017 for Reid’s Chiefs. During that span, Hunt saw his most consistent usage stretch of a season marred with inconsistency, and the play calling didn’t have to take a hit since he was very capable in both aspects of the game.
Cohen will no doubt have his amazing games, but chances are he won’t be a reliable PPR option like he was at times in 2018. Are you still in on Cohen at his late 5th round ADP? If not, Montgomery’s 4th round ADP can be a value for you. Let me know your thoughts 👇👇