Can Chris Ivory Be a Sleeper Running Back?

May 23, 2013

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The New York Jets have become a punch line of sorts because of their comedy of errors at quarterback. Their passing attack offers little hope to make a impact for fantasy football owners. However, they could have a sleeper at running back.
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During the 2013 NFL Draft the Jets acquired Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints. He has shown signs in the past, but he never got an opportunity to show what he could do in a lead role. That will likely change in 2013.
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According to New York Post reports, Ivory has been impressive during the Jets’ OTAs. He has shown some flash to go along with his power. At this point, the starting running back job is his to lose.
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Ivory has just 256 career carries.┬áMore than half of them came in 2010. While it’s a small sample size, he has been effective. Ivory has run for 1,307 yards at a 5.1 yards per carry. He has also run for eight touchdowns.
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His career numbers are essentially a full-season workload for a feature back in the NFL. 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns would be numbers that any fantasy football owner would be happy with, particularly when you consider where he’ll likely go in fantasy drafts. There will obviously be a lot of movement between now and fantasy draft time, but he’ll likely go in the fourth round or later.
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Ivory only has three career receptions, but he has played with Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. While he won’t confuse anybody for LaDainian Tomlinson, he should easily be more active in the passing game.
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Ivory has the potential to be a solid RB2, but you’re likely to secure him as your third running back. There is plenty of upside Ivory can stay healthy.
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