Should fantasy owners consider Chris Ivory a viable option when it comes to Fantasy Football 2015? In what should be your platoon of running backs on your fantasy roster, he should definitely be one that fantasy owners definitely consider. He was a bargain during the 2014 season coming in at the 19th-highest scoring running back despite being ranked 163rd overall and 51st at his position. Chances are he’ll repeat those numbers this upcoming season.
If you’re paying close attention to what the offense of the New York Jets will look like in 2015, you’ll know Chan Gailey likes to employ a spread offense. This can mean fewer carries than average for Ivory who produced well under Rex Ryan’s ground and pound approach.
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But with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback coming off a broken leg last season, it’s likely the Jets will rely on the run to keep Fitzpatrick out of injury trouble. I’d still expect him to come in at around 800-850 yards on the season with around 5 or 6 touchdowns.
With an early bye in Week 5, he’s a great back up if you can score a true No. 1 running back. With a 10th round ADP, Ivory looks to be a snag in the later rounds of your draft. Sports Illustrated’s Fantasy Twitter sees upside for Ivory:
.@Wild_fan_1 Chris Ivory. Likely has job mostly to himself. Should get 250+ touches. Huge potential.
— SI Fantasy News (@SI_Fantasy) August 17, 2015
Don’t expect much of anything from Ivory if you like backs who can fill their receiving stats as well. He’s never been a receiving back and his stats last year follow that trend. What is promising about Ivory is his continued dominance at breaking tackles, he trailed only Marshawn Lynch, Jonathan Stewart and C.J. Anderson last season in that category. His bruising running style can result in long runs, several times a season. Against lower ranked defensive lines Ivory can be a gold mine. There are a few spots on the Jets schedule where that may be the case.
I highly suggest drafting Ivory if he’s available in the later rounds as he’s available. He proved to be a bargain last year and not much has changed since then. He’s the Jets’ primary running back on first and second down with Bilal Powell covering the third and short situations. I don’t expect Zac Stacy or Stevan Ridley to give Ivory much competition for snaps during the season. I’ll bet the Jets won’t stray too far from the reliance on the run, meaning Ivory will get his fair share of carries on first, second and goal line stands.