Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Start Lions running back David Montgomery in Week 4 vs. Packers?

David Montgomery is slated to be back in the lineup for the Detroit Lions Thursday night, but should he be right back in fantasy football lineups?
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All things considered, that Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery only had a thigh bruise after being taken down awkwardly in Week 2 was a big positive. He acknowledged he might miss "a couple weeks" though, and with two games in a short window with a short week it felt pretty certain he'd miss Week 3 and Week 4.

But the news on Montgomery has been positive all week, with a questionable listing on the final injury report. Reports Thursday morning say he will indeed suit up against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

Montgomery has delivered for his fantasy owners in the two games he has played this season, with more than 65 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground in both and no worse than a RB2 finish (top-24) in all scoring formats in each week.

It's fair to expect Montgomery to have some level of limitations on Thursday night, 11 days since suffering his injury. But maybe he won't have any restrictions, with NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reporting Montgomery will "be the lead back" on Thursday night.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 4: Put David Montgomery right back in lineups?

Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs will share work to some level on Thursday night, surely dependent on Montgomery's health to a degree. Montgomery was the favorite for goal line work the first two games, though Gibbs has had a couple fluky happenings that have kept him from scoring.

Through three weeks, the Packers are allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs (20.97 per game, Yahoo! scoring; 0.5-point PPR). Two running backs (Roschon Johnson, Bijan Robinson) have posted at least 17.5 full PPR points against them.

Montgomery has of course played the Packers plenty in his career, over his time with the Chicago Bears. He's got a five-game streak of at least 14.1 PPR fantasy points against them, with a rushing score in two of them.

Montgomery feels easy to just plug right back into a fantasy lineup this week, assuming he is indeed active of course. But there are legit questions about his snap count/workload, and you're hoping he scores a touchdown if you do start him.

So I'm saying sit Montgomery this week, unless you lack other good options for an RB2 or flex spot.

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