Fantasy Football: Early impressions on Chris Ivory
With 91 yards and two touchdowns so far in fantasy football, Chris Ivory owned the field in Week 1 for the New York Jets. The hard-nosed running back exploded for 63 yards after contact, putting the league on notice that he is still one of the hardest backs to tackle.
Heading into Week 2 on the road at Indianapolis, Ivory will look to prove his performance against the Browns was no fluke. If Week 1 was any indication, Ivory may be headed for his first 1,000 yard season. Earlier this year, he expressed confidence in his ability to finally reach that milestone this season.
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Week 1 proved Ivory will be the featured back for the Jets as he shared snaps with Bilal Powell mostly after building a 3 possession lead in the second half.
It was well-deserved rest for such a bruising runner. Early on, the Jets relied heavily on Ivory to move the chains and he did just that.
First down after first down enabled the Jets to move to the air with significant success in the red-zone. As I’ve called it before, Ivory will be the heart of the offense, giving Ryan Fitzpatrick and his top targets Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker plenty of opportunities to make an impact in great field position.
In fantasy land, Ivory was a boon. There are undoubtedly thousands of fantasy owners around the country kicking themselves for passing up on Ivory, who was a bargain pick in later rounds. Unless there’s an Adrian Peterson or Le’Veon Bell on your team, Ivory can have as much an impact as any other RB in the league if he keeps this up. Chances are, barring any injuries, he only improves as the season wears on.
Sep 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball while avoiding a tackle from Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Browns 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The season is still only a week old, and we have yet to see Ivory make an impact against any division rivals. The AFC East is full of competitive defenses and with six games against the division still to come and the first of those being two weeks away in London against the Miami Dolphins, we’ve got plenty of time to gauge Ivory’s effectiveness. So far though, early impressions on Ivory have been solid.
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