The New York Jets enjoyed a balanced week one win, largely thanks to star running back Chris Ivory pounding his way to 90+ rushing yards and two touchdowns. In week two, it’s highly possible Grang Green will have to try to get win number two without their leading rusher.
Per reports, Ivory suffered a groin injury in practice and is now listed as questionable to face the Colts in Indianapolis on Monday Night Football. Ivory reportedly entered week one with a minor groin issue, but was not limited in a strong performance against the Cleveland Browns. Though limited through the past week, the New York coaches still “expect Ivory to play”. Ivory enters week two shaping up as a true game-time decision.
The dreaded GTD can be a nightmare, but never is it as scary as when a player is hitting the field in a Monday night affair. You won’t know for sure if Ivory is good to go or not until all of your other options have already played, meaning at the last second on Monday you will either have to take the risk with Ivory, revert to one of his backups or go with Indy’s Frank Gore. None of those options sound amazing at the moment, so fading Ivory in DFS fantasy football leagues makes a lot of sense and sitting him in favor of another solid option may be the call in season long leagues, too.
But this is probably a situation you’re not yet decided on, so let’s break down the logic.
Playing Chris Ivory has it’s perks. Indy is a trash run defense and got worked by LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams last week. With Arthur Jones done for the year, they probably wouldn’t stop a healthy Ivory. A repeat of week one is very possible – if not likely – and for a guy that costs just $4.7k at DraftKings and was your RB4 to start 2015, that’s a big bag of awesome. He could easily be a “game time call” like Zach Ertz was last week, where he was totally fine and produced at a decent rate. Or he could burn you to the point where it costs you a win.
The other options are basically this: Frank Gore, Bilal Powell or Zac Stacy. The only upside with the Jets guys is they’re facing the Colts. They’re otherwise super mediocre talents with little to no explosiveness. They’d also probably share the load and it’s fairly likely they’d be far less effective than Ivory would be. Gore is the only real option here, yet he was weak in his Colts debut and the Jets stop the run petty darn well. In other words, he’s hardly an option.
Fading Ivory is the safest route and probably the only one to take, given the alternative options. Instead of switching to Gore or a Jets backup if all goes to hell, you can instead roll with guys like Ameer Abdullah, Carlos Hyde, T.J. Yeldon, Rashad Jennings, Tevin Coleman or even save big time with someone like Danny Woodhead – when it comes to daily fantasy football. It sucks losing such a value like Ivory, but it’s not worth risking your entire team on when there are perfectly suitable options to use. I like Ivory a ton if he’s healthy. Let’s not forget that. But I’m not confident enough in his availability to pull the trigger this week.
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