Fantasy Jet Crash Lands In Jacksonville
In a surprise move, the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with running back Chris Ivory on a five-year contract worth $32.5 million.
The former Jets RB had an up and down season in 2015 but did finish with 1070 rushing yards on 247 carries (4.3 YPC) punching in 7 rushing scores. Ivory also contributed in the passing game snagging 30 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown.
Fantasy football owners are of course annoyed by this acquisition as they thought T.J. Yeldon (the 36th overall pick in last year’s NFL draft) was going to build on his strong rookie campaign moving forward. Most assumed the Jaguars would at the very least add a complementary depth player to push Yeldon but were shocked to learn they added a RB that is now being rumored to be splitting the workload with Yeldon this coming season.
Ivory is known as more of a power back and will look to improve the teams redzone problems. The Jaguars ranked 19th in team redzone scoring percentage and 27th in rushing yards a game (92.1) last season.
As a pure football move the Jaguars added a great player that should help mentor their young second year investment. Splitting the workload allows the Jags to keep both players fresh throughout the season, maximising the talent they have on the field. If your a Jag’s fan it’s hard not to like this deal, yet as a fantasy owner it’s a totally different story as Ivory could not only be high jacking touches, but goalline carries too.
Fantasy Perspective: If I were to guess, I would assume the Jaguars approach each game with the goal of dividing the teams rushing attempts 60/40 Yeldon to Ivory. Yeldon didn’t rush the ball as often as people think last year and there were a trio of players behind him that shared the backup role.
I’m guessing Denard Robinson, Jonas Gray and Toby Gerhart’s combined 101 carry total will be morphed into a single job and handed over to Ivory. Of course I’m purely speculating, but as you can see the team really didn’t have a strong RB2 last season. Robinson’s 3 fumbles on 67 touches (1 every 22 carries) likely forced the team’s hand in wanting to upgrade the RB group.
MFL10 Tip: Expect both T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory’s fantasy stock to fall. Their ADP could get almost embarrassing before leveling off and making a recovery. Don’t be afraid to grab one late as you never know what could happen. Both are capable RB’s that are just in unfortunate fantasy situations.
Dynasty Tip: Someone may be so bummed with the RB committee news that they could sell Yeldon at a discounted price. Ivory will be tuning 28 years old this month and shouldn’t be on the team more than a few seasons. Investing in Yeldon now at a cheaper rate would pay off long term.
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