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RB Chris Ivory - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Ivory will likely get the start against the Lions with LeSean McCoy nursing a hamstring injury, but his ceiling is low against a strong run defense, especially considering that Josh Allen appears to be the biggest part of the Bills running game right now.

General News (Thu Dec 13): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 12): practiced fully on Wednesday.

General News (Mon Dec 10): is considered day-to-day because of a shoulder injury.

Week 15: vs Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Bad matchup. If LeSean McCoy can suit up Sunday, he'll look to buck the trend of the worst season of his career. Hampered often by game flow, stacked boxes, and a bottom-tier line (currently ranked 31st by Footballguys' Matt Bitonti), McCoy has failed to have any consistent impact on the Bills offense. The 30-year-old has plodded to just 3.4 yards per carry and 48 per full game as the centerpiece of the Bills' anemic offense. It's hard to see the upside in him gutting out a nagging hamstring injury. He's been held below 50 in 7 of his 11 games and simply doesn't look like an upgrade over a Chris Ivory/Marcus Murphy tandem. Ivory has been similarly bottled up (3.4 yards per rush), but the speedy Murphy has broken off a few chunk runs. Quarterback Josh Allen has fast become the star of this attack, though. Allen has run for 99, 135, and 101 yards in his last 3 games and found the end zone 5 times on the year. He's a threat both on scrambles and called runs, and he looks fairly matchup-proof as a runner. Allen has burned the solid run defenses of the Jaguars and the Jets, and he scored twice against the Vikings earlier in the year. The Lions are mired in a lost season, but their rebuilt run defense has been a silver lining. Aside from a big Todd Gurley game and a long Dalvin Cook run, they've allowed just 2.8 yards per carry to running backs over the last 6 weeks. Most of the credit goes to the addition of Damon Harrison via trade, of course. He's a truly dominant presence inside, and he's brought out the best in the rest of the front line rotation as well. Unfortunately, they're likely to move forward without impressive rookie tackle DaShawn Hand, who left Week 14 with a scary-looking knee injury. This is a fairly deep unit, but Hand's loss will be felt, even against the Bills' shaky front line.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
12 vs JAX 19 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.4
13 at MIA 12 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.6
14 vs NYJ 27 12 42 0 1 0 0 0 0 4.2
15 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 0 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (12 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory took over the Buffalo backfield after LeSean McCoy left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Ivory looked quicker than in recent weeks, especially early in the game, but struggled with little offensive line success as the game wore on. LeSean McCoy did get the benefit of a red zone carry from the 6 instead of Ivory, but Ivory got no opportunities in the red zone after McCoy left the game. Ivory was also used in the passing game once but was underthrown by Josh Allen. Ivory profiles as a capable three down back if McCoy misses time, but a low upside play with Josh Allen getting extensive rushing opportunities in the red zone and the offensive line struggling to consistent create running lanes. He will play the Lions next weekend and McCoy's injury status is critical to monitor during the week.

2018 Week 13 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory was minimally involved in the Buffalo offense against the Dolphins. Ivory did not see any touches until the second quarter when he tripped and fumbled his first carry. He only saw six carries for four yards, while spelling LeSean McCoy during the game. Ivory appeared to have an opportunity to get free for a longer gain on one carry but was tracked down by a trailing defender. He had stronger role in the red zone early in the season, but McCoy got the lone carry inside the 5 on Sunday.

2018 Week 12 vs JAX (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory returned form injury but had minimal usage, carrying only three times while operating as the lead back on one drive. Ivory is nothing more than a handcuff to McCoy at this point in the season.

2018 Week 9 vs CHI (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory exited Buffalo's game against Chicago with a shoulder injury. The play looked innocuous, but Ivory was reportedly taken to a hospital after the game. Before his injury, Ivory was the most effective Buffalo running back. Ivory's north-south style has been more effective than McCoy's lateral cutting style of late, and Sunday was no exception. Ivory was the primary back on multiple series in the first half. Ivory did get the first goal line opportunity of the game but was stopped short of the end zone on the carry he was injured. Ivory will look to return next Sunday against the Jets.

2018 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ivory was arguably the best Bills offensive player in the home loss to New England. Ivory hit interior holes hard with a no-nonsense style compared to LeSean McCoy bouncing plays attempting to hit home runs without success. Ivory had three chunk gains in the game, including exhibiting power and a spin move on his most impressive run. Ivory did log a drop in addition to his successful screen gain in the passing game.

2018 Week 7 vs IND (16 / 81 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory came in for relief after LeSean McCoy left with a head injury. Ivory ran hard and had some of the better interior running success Buffalo has had this season. He was the clear three down back after McCoy left, with Marcus Murphy rotating into the game in the second half. Ivory left the game briefly but returned and showed no signs of an injury. Ivory is an effective power runner and projects as the lead back if McCoy misses time.

2018 Week 6 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory has solidified himself as the clear backup to LeSean McCoy. Ivory ran hard against Houston and was used early in the game while also operating in short yardage. Buffalo had a late lead and used Ivory as their back trying to grind away the clock.

2018 Week 5 vs TEN (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory saw extensive work in the offense. Ivory was the primary short yardage back, but also got standalone work in relief of LeSean McCoy. Ivory's workload of 14 carries was a product of a game script that allowed Buffalo to run the ball 43 times while only attempting 19 passes. Ivory was physical and broke tackles for conversions and key runs on the final drive to set up a game winning field goal.

2018 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory worked as the backup to LeSean McCoy. Ivory got some short yardage work early in the game and led Buffalo in carries. Ivory runs hard but is not a fantasy option outside of a McCoy injury or a goal line touchdown.

2018 Week 3 vs MIN (20 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory held the lead back role in relief of an injured LeSean McCoy. Ivory was used in both the running and passing game, running with power and showed capability to get yards after contact. Ivory's big play was a scramble drill where Ivory released out of the backfield and got a long runway down the sideline. Much of Marcus Murphy's workload was in gadget type plays, so Ivory should continue the lead workload if McCoy misses additional time.

2018 Week 2 vs LAC (2 / 7 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory was the third back in order of usage in the Buffalo backfield but had the best fantasy performance. Ivory managed a goal line score, and later had a nice catch and run that set up another Buffalo touchdown.

2018 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory worked as a backup running back, getting the third opportunity at the position. Ivory only managed 3 yards on his 3 carries, but his job is one to monitor, with Marcus Murphy appearing before Ivory in the game.

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Latest News

Bills | Full practice for Chris Ivory (Thu Dec 13, 03:45 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Bills | Chris Ivory fully practices (Wed Dec 12, 03:16 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Our View: Good news for the Bills here as they may be without LeSean McCoy this week. That would make Ivory the lead back in Week 15. If that's his role, Ivory has flex appeal for Fantasy GMs in the second round of the fantasy playoffs.
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Bills | Chris Ivory day-to-day (Mon Dec 10, 05:06 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) is considered day-to-day because of a shoulder injury.

Our View: Ivory would be the team's lead back if LeSean McCoy can't go this week due to a hamstring injury. With Ivory also banged up, the Bills are incredibly thin at the running back position. Marcus Murphy could get more work this week and gadget player/WR/RB Isaiah McKenzie could get some carries too. They do have Keith Ford on their practice squad if they need more bodies at the position.
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Bills | Chris Ivory rushes for 42 yards (Sun Dec 9, 05:57 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries against the New York Jets in Week 14.

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Schedule

15vs Detroit Lions
16@ New England Patriots
17vs Miami Dolphins