Green Bay Packers wide receiver turned running back Ty Montgomery could be set for a big fantasy football outing in Week 15 against the Chicago Bears, especially if running back James Starks remains sidelined with a concussion.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that Starks was in a car accident this past Monday, and said he is currently in the concussion protocol.
McCarthy: RB James Starks was in a car accident Monday. He’s in the concussion protocol. Says he’s OK.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 15, 2016
Starks did not participate in Wednesday or Thursday’s team practices, and seems unlikely to suit up this weekend against Green Bay’s NFC North rival. Starks will have to clear the concussion protocol with an independent neurologist, and unless that happens in the next two days, Montgomery and Christine Michael will lead Green Bay’s backfield in Week 15.
Montgomery is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season, and has accounted for 228 yards and one touchdown on the ground this season. The former third-round pick out of Stanford is a sure-fire fantasy starter for owners in Week 15 if Starks is officially declared inactive, and had one of his best fantasy outings this season against the Bears on Thursday Night Football in Week 7.
Green Bay’s dual threat running back carried the ball nine times for 60 yards, while adding 10 receptions for 66 yards in the team’s win over Chicago back in October. Montgomery has also seen more touches out of the backfield in recent weeks, and scored his first touchdown of the season against Seattle this past Sunday.
Montgomery is currently less than 53 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and should be an instant starter with the option to play him at running back or wide receiver. The Bears have given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but if Starks remains sidelined, Montgomery’s sheer volume of touches should make him an easy start for fantasy football owners in Week 15.