The 2019 NFL season is right around the corner, and another year of fantasy football along with it. Here’s our outlook for New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery.
This offseason, the Jets made a huge splash at the running back position, signing Le’Veon Bell to a big-money deal. But they also have another fresh face in the backfield, as Ty Montgomery joins the Gang Green after a short stint with the Baltimore Ravens.
A wide receiver at Stanford, Montgomery made the transition to the backfield after his Green Bay Packers had a string of injuries at running back that forced him to switch positions. While some were puzzled by the move, Montgomery made the most of it, starting 11 games over the next two seasons before being traded to the Ravens.
But while Montgomery’s position may have changed on paper, his teams have continued to take full advantage of his abilities as a pass-catcher. The Jets would be wise to do the same, and fans should expect new head coach Adam Gase to do just that.
While Montgomery’s versatile skill set should be a huge asset to the Jets in 2019, there’s an obvious obstacle to him putting up any big fantasy numbers this year. Bell is likely to get the lion’s share of the touches after getting a huge contract, and Montgomery will be relegated to a change-of-pace back who will give Bell a break now and then.
That said, Bell is back on the football field after sitting out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He could start off the season a bit rusty, or the injury bug could bite as he returns to the grueling grind of a full NFL season, something Bell didn’t have to endure in 2018.
If Bell gets injured at any point in the year, Montgomery’s skill set would give him first crack at taking over the starting role.
At worst, Montgomery is a smart handcuff for Bell owners. At best, he could end up being a huge contributor, especially in PPR leagues, if Bell misses any time this year.