(10/17/14) Jets running back Chris Ivory bounced back with a productive performance, cracking the century mark and scoring his third touchdown of the season in his team's loss to the Patriots in Week 7.
Ivory gashed New England's front line for 69 yards on 14 attempts in the first half. He leaped his way over his blockers and into the end zone from 1 yard out on the opening drive of the second half. Ivory finished the game with a season-high 107 yards on the ground on 21 carries, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He caught all four of his targets for 18 yards in a 27-25 defeat.
Ivory has rushed for 432 yards through seven games. He has two 100-yard performances this season. He'll look for his third at home Week 8 against the Bills.
Nothing changes for Chris Ivory
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/14) If you own Chris Ivory in Fantasy, you've probably gotten used to him giving you 40-50 yards on 10-12 carries. So it was nothing less than a shock -- a shock, I say! -- to see him contribute just 7 yards on eight carries Week 6 against Denver.
But it was a tough matchup. The Broncos entered the day allowing 88.3 yards rushing yards per game and just 3.5 per carry. And it's not like some other Jets running back did what Ivory couldn't. Chris Johnson had three carries for 9 yards, and Bilal Powell had two for 4.
Bottom line: This performance for Ivory in no way changes his role or Fantasy relevance, which is both good and bad news. The good news is that he's still the Jets go-to ball carrier. The bad news is he's confined to about 40-50 yards on 10-12 carries in that role.
Ivory is worth rostering in Fantasy as a bye-week replacement and nothing more.
Jets backfield trio comes up with huge dud on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/14) The Jets backfield could not exactly be called a three-headed monster after their performance Sunday against the Broncos - though their production could be called monstrous.
Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell combined for just 20 yards rushing on 13 carries. Ivory, who had been performing well recently, was mired at minus-1 yard after five attempts and finished with seven yards on eight rushes. He did snag a pass for 14 yards while Johnson added a reception for two yards.
Jets' Chris Ivory leads team in rushing yards Week 5
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/14) Jets running back Chris Ivory led the club with 44 rushing yards Week 5.
It was an awful game for the Jets on offense. The team's quarterbacks had just 60 passing yards. Ivory only received nine carries, but made the most of his work, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He was targeted in the passing game once, but couldn't come up with the ball.
Ivory will take on the Broncos Week 6.
Chris Ivory dominating the playing time in New York
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/29/14) For the first time all season, Chris Johnson averaged more yards per carry than Chris Ivory for the Jets in Week 4 against the Lions Sunday. Still, Ivory dominated the playing time, as he continues to look like the best option in the Jets' backfield.
Johnson led the team with 7.3 yards per carry, though that number is skewed by the way his day went. Johnson had just 9 yards on five carries until his 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his first play of more than 12 yards on the season. By comparison, Ivory's 84 yards on 17 carries still looks pretty solid, especially for Fantasy owners looking forward.
The snap count numbers aren't much better for Johnson, who saw the field for just 28 percent of the team's plays; that was down from 36 the previous week. Ivory, on the other hand, jumped up from 34 percent to 58 percent in Week 4.
Johnson isn't going to disappear, especially not if he can show more examples of the big-play ability that made him so dangerous in the past. However, Fantasy owners should absolutely consider Ivory the top option in the Jets' backfield until further notice.
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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.