Early fantasy football predictions for Eric Decker

Heading into the upcoming Fantasy Football season, wide receiver Eric Decker of the New York Jets will be a great addition to lineups everywhere.

Last season with the New York Jets, wide receiver Eric Decker enjoyed a very good fantasy football season. In 2015, Decker totaled 1,027 receiving yards, 80 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Decker also had two four-game streaks of getting at least one touchdown in a game.

Keep in mind last year, Decker also had the veteran arm of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who went off to break and set a franchise record of 31 touchdowns. Entering this upcoming season and at this point in time, Fitzpatrick has yet to re-sign and the best option to start is quarterback Geno Smith.

This could go one of two ways in the grand scheme of things. Smith will either thrive thanks to the best supporting cast and leadership he’s ever had in his career or he will return to his turnover-prone ways. Due to what the football world has seen so far with Smith in organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp, he’s been looking sharp and illustrating solid leadership to his teammates.

Decker shouldn’t miss a beat from last season, regardless who is under center since he’s always thrived in the slot position. With his partner in crime Brandon Marshall being the Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver, Decker should continue to work his magic to take the top off of defenses with his excellent route-running and speed once the football is in his hands.

For fantasy owners, Decker would be well-suited as a WR2 or even FLEX option.

The Jets will have a much tougher schedule than last season, which will make things a bit more difficult for Decker to do what he did last season.

Once the season is a few weeks in, Decker will eventually enter some favorable match-ups and put up a nice streak of achieving many fantasy points for owners on a consistent basis.

Keep in mind that Decker might start off slow but will get hot and push the envelope. He won’t go high in fantasy drafts this season but is worth stashing on your bench until he starts to shine.

The Jets are coming off a 10-6 season last year and have the right pieces to continue their momentum. It won’t be easy but they have the leadership and talent to put up another memorable year, especially for Decker as he enters his seventh season in the NFL.

Overall, Decker will have another productive season when it comes to his fantasy football value. Make no mistake about it, he’s on pace to once again total similar numbers and even exceed them if Smith lives up to his potential in 2016.

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