New York Jets: Three bold fantasy predictions for 2019

Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Montgomery is not your flex guy

Ty Montgomery has been a flex position fixture the past few years. Why not? The former Stanford Cardinal is a true hybrid player, a running back who the Green Bay Packers converted from wide receiver a few years ago. He’s lightning fast and can leave most defenders in the dust if he gets into space.

2016 was his breakout season. That year played in 15 games and totaled 805 combined rushing and receiving yards with three touchdowns. That included 44 receptions. In a point per reception league, he was a regular flex position play.

He was off to an even better start in 2017 until he suffered a season-ending fractured ribs injury in game eight. His per-game numbers, however, were on the upswing. He had 23 receptions, 446 total yards, and four touchdowns. Montgomery struggled last season and Green Bay traded him to the Baltimore Ravens at the end of October.

Anyone expecting a bounce back from last season’s fall off is going to be disappointed. Le’Veon Bell is the New York Jets bell-cow back. With a year of “rest” under his belt, Bell is primed for extensive duty this season. Additionally, the ex-Steeler is a top receiving threat out of the backfield, so Montgomery’s opportunities to make plays may be quite limited.

The best fit for Montgomery on a fantasy roster this year may be as a handcuff for Bell. While this might not be good news for Montgomery fans, Jets fans should be ecstatic with Bell carrying the load.