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RB Chris Ivory - New York Jets

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Ivory is ceding passing downs and come from behind work to Bilal Powell now that Powell is back. His weekly floor just got a lot lower, and Ivory also got banged up again in Week 11.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Jets prevailed 27-14 the last time they saw the Dolphins (in Miami, no less) - they pounded the rock for 43/207/2 in that game, led by Chris Ivory's 29/166/1 rushing on the day. Since then, Ivory has retained his grip as the lead back for the Jets, compiling 164/679/6 rushing and 17/165/1 receiving to land at seventh-best fantasy running back in the land. Last week, he handled 8/36/0 rushing and 1/9/0 receiving in a down week as the Jets chased Houston from behind (Bilal Powell had 4/22/0 rushing and 5/67/0 receiving as the pass-catching change-of-pace back). The Dolphins' rush D is ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 138.6 yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores given out over 10 weeks. They coughed up 38/166/0 to Dallas last week, and 36/83/1 to the Eagles two weeks ago - over the past four weeks (four games) the Dolphins are the second-most generous defense to opposing fantasy backs, averaging 27.5 fantasy points allowed per game. Advantage, New York.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at OAK 46 15 17 0 5 3 24 0 0 4.1
9 vs JAX 51 23 26 2 3 3 22 0 0 15.8
10 vs BUF 43 18 99 0 3 2 36 0 1 12.5
11 at HOU 17 8 36 0 1 1 9 0 0 4.5
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs HOU (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

A combination of factors, namely injuries, game flow, and lack of burst, contributed to another lackluster performance by Ivory. During the first half, Ivory gained just four yards on three carries as he failed to develop a rhythm. Early in the game, Ivory was seen with the training staff, which provided more opportunities for Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley. During the second half, Ivory ripped off an impressive 23-yard run off left tackle, but he once again left the game. New York faced a double digit deficit during the third quarter, so Bilal Powell primarily played as New York attempted to mount its comeback.

2015 Week 10 vs BUF (18 / 99 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

From a pure production standpoint, Ivory had his best performance of the last month, but isn't playing at the same level that he did at the start of the season. With Nick Mangold back in the fold, Ivory had more room to work, but still lacks some explosiveness. Ivory was able to generate yardage before contact, but had trouble slipping away from the first defender. Ball control has also become a bugaboo for Ivory. Early in the third quarter, Bacarri Rambo, who had a great day, stripped the football away. Ivory has had some ball control issues that he'll look to rectify over the next week.

2015 Week 9 vs JAX (23 / 26 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

One week after getting embarrassed by Oakland's resurgent front seven, Ivory did not bounce back and had arguably one of the worst performances in NFL history from a volume standpoint. Ivory's 23 rushing attempts, which generated just 26 yards, were an all-time low for a player with at least 23 attempts. Ivory was able to salvage his afternoon with two short touchdown plunges, but Ivory needed multiple attempts to get the ball across the plane. New York's offensive line play has not been good and Nick Mangold departed in the second quarter with an apparent injury. Mangold's departure further exacerbated issues for a unit that was already missing Willie Colon. Simply put, the offensive line was unable to win its one-on-one match-ups and Ivory did not have much room to work.

2015 Week 8 vs OAK (15 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory had his worst performance to date, but credit Oakland's underrated run defense for a superb effort. Ivory didn't have anywhere to run and most of his carries went for 2 yards or fewer. Game flow was also an issue since New York fell behind 21-3 in the first half. Ivory was involved in the passing game, which was a positive sign. Nick Mangold also missed this game due to a neck injury, so New York relied upon an inexperienced, practice squad center, Wesley Johnson, to lead the offensive line. Johnson struggled with calls and protections, which did not make things any easier. Mangold lobbied to play, but the training staff held him out. Expect Mangold to return next week.

2015 Week 7 vs NE (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Chris Ivory re-injured his balky hamstring on New York's first play, but battled through the ailment throughout the game. Ivory made several trips to the trainer's table, but kept fought his way back onto the field. Ivory lacked his trademark toughness and explosiveness on inside runs and resorted to lunging for extra yardage instead of running through defenders. Ivory was able to salvage a frustrating game by hitting paydirt in the third quarter. Ivory leaked out of the backfield for an easy 9-yard catch and run. New England forgot to cover Ivory, so credit a bit of good fortune.

2015 Week 6 vs WAS (20 / 146 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)

There's no denying that Ivory is one of the league's best running backs after gashing Washington's sixth-ranked run defense for 146 yards while chipping in 50 receiving yards. While not known his long-speed, Ivory posted season-long runs of 54 yards and 32 yards in his drubbing of Washington's run defense. Ivory is not a burner, per se, but his long speed is an underrated facet of his game. Getting Ivory out on the edge was the focal point of New York's attack. The interior of Washington's run defense has proven to be its strength, but Ivory did not have any problems attacking and taking advantage of Washington's weaknesses. Bilal Powell (ankle) left during the second quarter, so Ivory was asked to play on third down as well. Ivory showed that he can lethal as a pass catcher, posting a long catch-and-run down the right side line for a 24-yard gain. As always, Ivory sets the tone for New York's offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

2015 Week 4 vs MIA (29 / 166 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory rushed for a career 166 yards and one touchdown as he embarrassed Miami's lackluster run defense. Miami attempted to arm tackle Ivory throughout the game, but Ivory ran through first contact and routinely got into the second level. During New York's first drive, Ivory scored from three-yard outs. Ivory fumbled the ball as he broke the plane, but luckily, the call stood. New York jumped out to an early double digit lead that it wouldn't relinquish, so New York kept feeding Ivory throughout the game. The play of the game occurred during the third quarter when Ivory met an unblocked Suh at the line of scrimmage. Suh attempted to shoulder tackle Ivory, but Ivory bounced off of him and rumbled for a 10-yard gain. Ivory sets the tone for New York's offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

2015 Week 2 vs IND (14 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory had 14 carries for just 57 yards in Week 2 as the Colts defense did a great job at defending the run all night. He did add 2 receptions in this game for three yards. He didn't get much going in this game, especially in the first half where he finished with just 11 yards on 8 touches. Ivory has been battling a groin injury and split carries with backup running back Bilal Powell in this game. Late in the third quarter Ivory broke his longest run of the night hurdling a Colts defender for a 19-yard gain. Chris Ivory is never a back to shy away from contact as he takes a nice misdirection counter play down threw a Colts linebacker in the 4th quarter while the Jets were controlling the clock.

2015 Week 1 vs CLE (20 / 91 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory garnered a lot of attention after an impressive pre-season and continued to impress during Week 1. Ivory was featured in true 'bell cow' fashion, only ceding some third down work to Bilal Powell. In typical Ivory fashion, he initiated contact and fought for tough yards at the end of every run. Ivory also took advantage of his red zone opportunities by scoring from ten-yards and three-yards out, respectively. In total, Ivory garnered five red zone carries, including three carries inside the five-yard line. Cleveland's trouble of defending the run were well-documented and Ivory made sure that he took advantage of their short-comings.


Latest News

Jets | Chris Ivory to return to the big time? (Thu Nov 26, 01:13 AM) - New York Jets RB Chris Ivory will meet the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. In the first game with the Dolphins in Week 4 in London it was Ivory running for a season-best 166 yards with a touchdown.

Our View: He had that great game, followed by a fantastic one against Washington but ever since he has struggled more often than not. Miami is ranked 31st in the NFL against the run and allow an average of 138.6 yards a game. On top of that, the Jets have to focus on running the ball to limit the mistakes Ryan Fitzpatrick is making. So if there was ever a week to blow up, this is it. On the downside, Bilal Powell is back and taking over most third down, which can lower Ivory's floor. Still, we expect Ivory to have a very nice week and put up great RB2 numbers.
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Jets | Light workload for Chris Ivory (Sun Nov 22, 08:23 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Ivory had eight carries for 36 yards and one catch for nine yards in a 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 11.

Our View: Bilal Powell was back after a long absence and made this backfield more of a committee and the Jets playing from behind didn't help. Next week's home matchup against the Dolphins should be better for Ivory.
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Jets | Chris Ivory uses acupuncture (Thu Nov 19, 06:06 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Ivory has used acupuncture as part of his weekly rehab regimen. He has needles stuck in him twice a week in an effort to help him feel fresh and pain-free. Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, but it can also stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Ivory first started using acupuncture with the Jets in 2013. He's already carried the ball 156 times this year for 643 yards and six touchdowns in eight games. New York is cautious not to overwork Ivory down the stretch. He's averaging 19.5 carries a game and 4.1 yards per carry in 2015.

Our View: Ivory has a solid matchup against the Houston Texans, and we're predicting RB1 numbers. The Jets need him healthy so acupuncture, yoga, only eating green M&Ms - whatever keeps him on the field works for us.
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Jets | Chris Ivory bounces back (Fri Nov 13, 12:59 AM) - New York Jets RB Chris Ivory had 18 carries for 99 yards and two catches for 36 yards in a 22-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

Our View: Ivory had some of the burst that had been lacking in recent weeks while he was struggling to get much over one yard per carry. The extra rest going into a Week 11 matchup against the Texans should get him back in the RB1 mix.
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