When it comes to fantasy football, make sure to start Chris Ivory in your Week 4 starting lineups.
When finalizing your lineups in fantasy football for Week 4, Ivory could prove to serve as a solid FLEX player this week. Ivory is recovering from a quad injury he suffered back in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, an injury that has plagued his fantasy football value.
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Ivory was a game time decision last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was declared active, however, he did not see a single snap.
The Jets paid the price being without Ivory during Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia eagles. Bilal Powell had a mediocre game taking over as the No. 1 running back recording just 31 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Ivory not seeing the field last week despite being declared active was an obvious precautionary decision by head coach Todd Bowles. With about two weeks of rest, Ivory has been declared active for Week 4 in London against their division rival Miami Dolphins.
Now, I wouldn’t start Ivory as your No. 1 or 2 running back but I would definitely plug him in as your FLEX player. I expect Ivory to start the game as the Jets’ starting running back over Powell after his poor performance in Week 3. He will definitely share the carries with Powell for basic purposes such as taking a breather and most importantly, not re-aggravating his quad injury.
Ivory will definitely get the bulk of the carries as he should have a solid game against the Dolphins. I’m predicting about 75-90 rushing yards on 15 carries for one rushing touchdown and also four receptions for 40 yards and one receiving touchdown in this AFC East rivalry game.
I always give Ivory high expectations because I know what he is capable of especially when healthy as he is a very dangerous runner. Most teams take his speed and talent for granted and often lack coverage or attention towards him, allowing open holes and weak coverage for the young back.
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. New York Jets defeat the Indianapolis Colts 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Dolphins have a tough defensive line in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and defensive end Cameron Wake. The Jets’ offensive line will need to step up their game this Sunday providing not only protection for Ryan Fitzpatrick but creating gaps for Ivory. If he can make it past their line, its smooth sailing.
This will definitely be an interesting game as the Jets and Dolphins take the field in London. There wont be a home team, even though technically it’s a Miami home game. The fan base will be divided up 50/50, it’s honestly anyone’s game.
Home field advantage and fan base advantage won’t necessarily be a factor in this week’s game as it all comes down to which team wants it more, the Dolphins who are entering London on a two-game losing streak or the Jets, whose defense crumbled last week resulting in their first loss of the season.
Despite the desire of each team to earn bragging rights, it all comes down to individual performances as well. Ivory should have a pretty solid game. It all comes down to which team is the hungriest for a victory and Ivory, coming off a week where he didn’t step foot on the field, is the hungriest of all for a game of redemption.
We will see what the Jets bring to the table this Sunday, as game time is set for 9:30 am eastern time. Make sure to start Ivory in your fantasy football leagues because he will be ready to pick up exactly where he left off before his injury.