by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Jets running back Chris Ivory gained 43 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown while also adding three yards on one reception in his team's 31-24 loss to the Packers in Week 2.
For the second straight week, Ivory and Chris Johnson both received at least 10 carries, and for the second straight week, Ivory led the team in rushing. With the team already up 14-3, he took a handoff up the middle for a four-yard touchdown, which was upheld upon review, early in the second quarter. It was his second touchdown in as many weeks after breaking off a 71-yard score in Week 1.
The Jets could shift the focus of the running game towards Ivory after he impressed in each of the team's first two games. He'll look to keep rolling when the Bears come to town in Week 3.
Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson shine in Week 1
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) The Jets running back duo of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory played at a high level Sunday in Week 1 against the Raiders in a 19-14 victory.
Johnson had 13 carries for 68 yards and five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown on five targets. And Ivory had 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 71-yard run.
The Jets play at Green Bay in Week 2.
Jets three-headed backfield precludes strong Fantasy option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/4/14) They say if you have two quarterbacks vying for the starting spot, you actually have no starting quarterback. The same might be said about featured backs.
At least those seeking that title with the Jets. Though newly acquired Chris Johnson is coming off a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season with Tennessee, but his 3.9 YPC average in 2013 was the worst of his career. Chris Ivory followed strong performances with weak ones throughout last season and Bilal Powell also proved inconsistent.
The trio combined to rush for 223 yards on 43 carries for a 5.2 average in the preseason, which prompted Rex Ryan to declare that the three will alternate in the regular season. Though Johnson is the most likely to emerge as the featured back, it seems clear that all will receive enough opportunities in the season opener Sunday against an improved Oakland defense to make none of them more than a second option in shallower leagues and flex in deeper ones.
Fantasy owners should monitor their reps to determine if any of them emerge as a featured back.
Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory in midseason form vs. Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/22/14) Jets running backs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory both looked sharp Friday night against the Giants in exhibition play.
Johnson ripped a 17-yards run in the opening quarter and turned a pair of short passes into long plays. He played into the first series of the third quarter with the backups and racked up 77 yards of total offense. He took nine handoffs for 42 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. He caught both of his targets for 35 yards.
Ivory returned to action and made his presence felt as well. He ripped an 18-yard run and finished the game with a team-high 50 yards on six carries while being limited to one half of work. He caught one pass for 23 yards.
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Chris Ivory is expected to share playing time with Chris Johnson this season, and we’ll find out in training camp who will get more touches. Based on last season, if Ivory gets the ball enough, he could be a beast. Ivory had five games in 2013 with at least 15 carries, and he had double digits in Fantasy points in all five outings. He played as we expected last season, battling a hamstring injury early in the year and losing touches to Bilal Powell, before closing the season with solid production. Adding Johnson clearly hurts the outlook for Ivory, but he can still be a useful flex option. Johnson has to prove he’s better than what he showed with the Titans in 2013 when he averaged 3.9 yards per carry compared to Ivory, who was at 4.6. Ivory is limited as a receiver with five career catches, but if the Jets are smart they’ll lean on him over Johnson as a rusher since he’s more physical and likely has better burst at this point in their respective careers. The best plan for Ivory is let him fall to you in Round 9 or later and hopefully he’ll do better than five games with double digits in Fantasy points this year.