RB Chris Ivory - Buffalo Bills

6-0, 222Born: 3-22-1988College: TiffinDrafted: ---

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Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Good matchup. At age 36, Frank Gore no longer runs with much speed or explosiveness. Through 2 games as a Bill, Gore has mustered just 88 yards on his 30 attempts. But he's still a serviceable real-life runner, capable of working forward through traffic and avoiding losses. His consistent style fits the Bills' ball-control approach, but only marginally. At some point, the team will have to shift more of the load to youngster Devin Singletary. The dynamic rookie has led the backfield in snaps, but taken on just 10 carries thus far. And 7 of those carries have gone for 12 yards or more. Singletary left Sunday's game early with a hamstring issue and remains questionable for this week. He represents the team's best shot at mitigating the Bills' weak run-blocking line. The most stable piece of this puzzle is quarterback Josh Allen, who remains a weekly threat to lead the team in rushing. Dating back to last year, he's averaged 8 rushes and 49 yards over 14 starts, with 10 touchdowns. The Cincinnati run defense looked much-improved in Week 1, thoroughly shutting down the Seahawks' strong ground attack. But last Sunday brought them back to Earth; this was arguably the league's worst unit last year, and those problems cropped back up against San Francisco. They had no answer for the 49ers' outside-zone attack, and when the dust had settled, they'd allowed 244 yards to San Francisco running backs. There are a few solid pieces in play here, such as linebacker Nick Vigil, who's developed into one of football's most reliable tacklers. Geno Atkins remains a major mismatch in the middle, and nose tackle Andrew Billings makes for a solid complement on running downs. Still, big issues remain, especially in pursuit on the second level. The problem starts with middle linebacker Preston Brown, who lacks athleticism and is often a liability when the ballcarrier isn't funneled to him. All told, it seems likely that strong Week 1 showing was a mirage; this group has been exploited mercilessly for quite some time. Over their last 18 games, 12 different runners have topped 80 yards on the ground.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Chris Ivory's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Schedule

3vs Cincinnati Bengals
4vs New England Patriots
5@ Tennessee Titans
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Miami Dolphins
8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9vs Washington Redskins
10@ Cleveland Browns
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs Denver Broncos
13@ Dallas Cowboys
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New England Patriots
17vs New York Jets