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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 Saints on Sunday in Week 13. We go over Detroit’s backfield duo of Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery with fantasy football advice.

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The Detroit Lions will hit the road to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 of the NFL season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3.

Below, we’ll look within this matchup to decide which Lions RB is the better fantasy play this week: David Montgomery or Jahmyr Gibbs. Can you start both?

Fantasy football start sit advice: Detroit Lions RBs

David Montgomery

Start. Montgomery has scored a touchdown in 7-of-8 games played this season. The only time he failed to reach the end-zone was when he left the matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early with an injury. Montgomery took 15 carries for 71 yards and a score last week against the Green Bay Packers, and he remains a very strong RB2 in fantasy football due to his scoring prowess.

Jahmyr Gibbs

Start. Gibbs has more upside than Montgomery, as he can rack up stats in the passing game as well as on the ground. The rookie has seen five or more targets in six straight games while scoring five total touchdowns in that span. Last week, Gibbs had 11 carries for 54 yards while catching 4-of-8 targets for 19 yards. However, he was a top-three fantasy running back for four straight weeks prior to that.

Gibbs is a legitimate top-ten fantasy running back this week, and he’s the preferred option in the Lions' backfield. Pencil him in as a solid RB1 in Week 13.

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

You can absolutely play both Montgomery and Gibbs in the same lineup for Week 13. They have proven the ability to coexist for fantasy purposes throughout the season, and Gibbs profiles as a RB1 with Montgomery checking in as a solid RB2 for this Week 13 matchup at New Orleans. Gibbs is the overall better play in PPR leagues due to his steady stream of targets in the passing game, but Montgomery has more touchdown upside.