After trending upward all week, Bears RB David Montgomery (knee) is looking like he’ll be active on Monday Night Football against the Steelers. This has a trickle-down effect in fantasy football, as Khalil Herbert owners are also hanging in the lurch for news on whether Montgomery is playing. We’ll be here with injury updates until kickoff on Monday, but chances are you need to make your start ’em, sit ’em decisions on Sunday when you have more potential backups and fill-ins at your disposal. Fortunately, you can find lineup advice below, too.
We’ll continue to update this article with news on Montgomery up until the official active/inactive report comes out on Monday around 6:45 p.m. ET. For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Is David Montgomery playing on Monday night?
Montgomery (knee) hasn’t been on the field since Week 4, but Bears coach Matt Nagy said on Saturday there’s a “really good chance” the star RB suits up on Monday. Earlier in the week, there was a report that the Bears hope Montgomery could at least get “some work.”
This actually puts fantasy owners in a tough spot. If Montgomery is active, which it sounds like he will be, he likely will see no more than 10-12 touches. Against Pittsburgh’s stout run defense, that would make him a flex, at best — and he would likely need to score to achieve that status. Montgomery’s activation would leave breakout Khalil Herbert in a similar spot, meaning neither can really be counted on.
If Montgomery is out, then Herbert would be a solid RB2. Of course, considering this is the last game of the week, fantasy owners won’t be able to wait for the news, and there are no real viable pivots outside of some desperation flex plays like TE Pat Freiermuth and maybe WR Darnell Mooney (if he’s active). The smart move is to just play another RB (or WR, if you have Herbert in a flex spot) prior to Monday. If Montgomery is out, then you’ll be upset you don’t have Herbert in your lineup, but it sounds likely Montgomery will play, so why take that risk?
Chance are, you’ll be upset one way or another, so simplify things and just ignore the Bears RBs in season-long leagues this week. If you really want a piece of them, play a single-game DFS contest.