Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
|RB - #34||NYJ||Probable||5 years||26||6'0||222||@ivory_29|
2013 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Oct-20-2013 by Chris Weeks
Update (10/20): The Jets will use a running back by committee all season. One week Powell will be the better fantasy start and the next it will be Chris Ivory. Fantasy owners should only use either back as a flex or bye week fill-in.
Update (8/21): Ivory missed the Jets' preseason opener due to a hamstring injury. He returned to action against the Jags, posting lackluster numbers while watching Bilal Powel do most of the damage. Even with a poor start to the preseason, Ivory will be the Jets' starting back week 1 IF he's healthy.
In April the Jets traded a fourth round draft choice to the Saints to acquire Chris Ivory. The hope here it to replace Shonn Greene with another big power back, but we're not sure Chris is up for the task. Throughout his career Ivory has just about run the gambit when it comes to injuries, from knee, hamstring and foot injuries all the way up to concussions. If he can stay healthy and the Jets' passing game can open up the defense then Ivory could be a nice fantasy starter. On the other hand, injuries or an ineffective pass game could put a hurt on Ivory's season. There is a lot of risk here, but there could be great reward for those willing to take that chance.
One visit was all Chris Johnson needed to find his next NFL team. Johnson reached an agreement Wednesday with the New York Jets on a two-year contract worth a total of $8 million. Johnson comes to the Jets after spending six seasons in Tennessee where he became one of the game's best running backs. He topped 2,000 rushing yards in 2009 and although he never came close to repeating such lofty feats, he did reach 1,000 yards ever year. He was cut by the Titans earlier this month.Fantasy Analysis:
How bad has the market been for RBs this year? Johnson's $4 million annual average value is the most of any free-agent running back. He was the best such player on the market, but teams just aren't paying much for runners. It's also half of what he was scheduled to make with the Titans in 2014 before they released him.
Much like what's happening in Detroit with Reggie Bush, Johnson was once a marquee back, but he will probably be sharing a large amount of carries with someone else. In New York, that's Chris Ivory, who signed a three-year deal with the Jets in 2013. His hard-charging, inside-the-tackles style should complement Johnson's perimeter speed well. We'll see what Rex Ryan has to say on that subject, but some sort of timeshare is a good bet here. I'm sure that won't make Johnson happy, but it's the smart move for him at this point his in career. Johnson can still be very productive, especially if the Jets use him in space as a receiver, but I think he is outside of the RB1 range.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/16 - RB Chris Johnson joins Jets on 2-year deal
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|6.02||FFToolbox - Rob Warner - Injury concerns are a major red flag (played in just 24 games over first 3 seasons) but the Jets boast a solid O-line and will be one of the more run focused offenses whether they have Sanchize or rookie Geno Smith under center. The 25 year old has been mired in a crowded Saints backfield but posted an impressive 5.1 YPC (256 carries for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns). Ivory is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside if he's able to stay healthy.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|6.05||Draft TV - Chris Ivory is my ideal RB3. Instant starter, big time upside, and in line for a lot of carries. I will protect him in case of injury, but what other 6th round RB could get 275+ carries?|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|5.08||DraftSharks - This one felt like a reach, but Ivory could definitely provide this type of value if he stays healthy. The Jets' line remains good, and the team should showcase that again after getting rid of the plodding Shonn Greene. Ivory is the "runs angry" type.|
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