Ty Montgomery: Fantasy Dual Threat

The flex spot can seem like it’s a huge advantage when it comes to making fantasy football lineup decisions. The flexibility of a flex position allows you start more of your best players, regardless of position. However, the problem with the flex spot is that your opponent is also afforded this advantage. So, what if you could gain another flex spot that nobody else could use? That would obviously help to make your lineup that much better each week.

Ordinarily, it’s not possible to give yourself another flex spot. However, occasionally NFL teams will use a player as a real-life flex player. If your fantasy football host site deems this that player is truly a multi-position player, then you can use this player as essentially another flex spot. However, this player is often a fringe player, and is certainly not fantasy relevant.

Enter Ty Montgomery and the Green Bay Packers.

With key long term injuries sidelining Eddie Lacy and James Starks, the Packers were in a tough spot at running back. Montgomery was always considered more of a natural running back by scouts in college, often getting the ball on screens and other plays designed to give him the ball in space. However, by serving as receiver for his first year with the team, Montgomery honed his skills as a receiver. In doing so, he truly has become a hybrid player. He is equally at home lining up in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage as a receiver. This is a huge advantage to both the Packers and fantasy players.

As a bonus for fantasy owners, there’s a pretty good chance Montgomery is on waivers in at least one of your leagues. As of writing, Montgomery is only owned in 20% of ESPN leagues, 6.3 % of NFL.com leagues, and 63% of Yahoo leagues. However, currently Montgomery is only listed as a RB/WR in ESPN leagues. It seems likely that Yahoo will follow suit, while NFL.com will not do so unless the Packers make a formal position change for Montgomery.

If you’re lucky, you picked up Monty a week ago, and are now wondering what to do with him. His value is almost certainly at it’s peak at this point, so you may be thinking of trading him away for other pieces you could use. You likely picked him up to fill a WR spot, and can still use him as such, but you may be able to flip him for a more traditional receiver to use in that spot.

You may also think that the Packers’ recent addition of Knile Davis (or undrafted rookie Don Jackson) will threaten Montgomery’s hold over the backfield. Perhaps you’re also factoring in that the Packers play both the Seahawks and Vikings in the playoffs. I would consider trading him away for a mid-tier RB2 or WR2, especially in non-PPR formats. This reflects my belief that he will serve as a mid RB2 or WR2 for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately for you, there are bound to be other owners in your league thinking the same thing. So, you may have a hard time getting that stellar offer you’re hoping for. It is important to remember that Montgomery has the advantage of being able to open an extra flex spot for your team. This provides a sizable boost to his value. In PPR formats, I would probably hold onto him unless you get a stellar offer (say a low end RB1/WR1). Montgomery appears to be a focal point of the Packers offense, and has great chemistry with Rogers. That makes him a safe play in PPR formats, and gives him a very high floor.

It’s difficult to find a player that I feel would be a solid one-for-one swap with Montgomery. If you decide to trade him, it will likely be for some sort of 2 for 1 deal. That could mean you trade Montgomery and another player for a RB1 or WR1. On the contrary, I could see you trading him for 2 mid second tier players. Personally, I’ll be holding him unless someone really blows me away with an offer.

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