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David Montgomery vs. Jahmyr Gibbs: Who should you play in fantasy football? Are both viable options?

The Lions take on the Bears on Sunday in Week 14. We go over Detroit’s backfield duo of Montgomery and Gibbs with fantasy football advice.

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The Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears for the second time this season in Week 14. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10. We’re taking a look at each Lions running back’s fantasy potential for the week ahead. For those debating whether to start or sit David Montgomery or Jahmyr Gibbs, we break down the best strategy for Week 14.

Fantasy football start sit advice: Lions RBs

David Montgomery

Montgomery leads the Lions in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this season, and he has scored a touchdown in each of his last four games. You can expect him to see plenty of action — he gets well over 10 carries per game, and averages 4.7 yards per carry. Last time the Lions and Bears faced off, Montgomery had 12 carries for 76 yards and two receptions for 22 yards.

The Bears have one of the top rushing defenses in the country, letting up just 3.4 yards per carry, but Montgomery didn’t have many issues in their last meeting. We can expect to see another scores from him this week. Montgomery is a start this week.

Jahmyr Gibbs

Gibbs saw an uptick in action when Montgomery was dealing with an injury and has continued to carry a good chunk of the backfield load with Montgomery back. Gibbs had a stretch of four weeks in which he was scoring every weeks, but he has not scored in his last two games.

However, Gibbs has kept his fantasy earnings up enough that he should start again this week. He had eight carries for 36 yards, six receptions for 59 yards, and a touchdown when the Lions last faced the Bears.

Can you play both Montgomery and Gibbs in the same lineup?

Last week, Montgomery played 36 snaps to Gibbs’ 26. Both were targeted twice, and Montgomery had 10 more carries than Gibbs. Had you started both of these RBs in the same lineup the last time the Lions played the Bears, you would have seen a big day from both. There isn’t an issue with starting both of them, as the Lions lean on both in the rushing and passing game, and both have had success against Chicago this season.