Fantasy Football “Send It Over” Trade Idea: Chris Ivory
Chris Ivory highlights our fantasy football trade idea of the week. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
This week Stripe Hype is presenting the “Send It Over” fantasy football trade idea of the week. The title seemed befitting as every time I’ve discussed a trade idea with my football league, the conversation ends with “Send It Over.” This week we’ll be highlight Jets running back Chris Ivory.
Chris Ivory has always been a hard-nosed, productive back who’s willing and able to get the tough yards. Throughout his career, he’s consistently been denied the opportunity to be a “bell cow” back. While in New Orleans, Ivory was involved in a timeshare at the position before being traded away to the Jets for a fourth round pick. Last year, he split carries with Bilal Powell despite being the better back by a long shot. This year hasn’t been much different for Ivory. The Jets signed Chris Johnson over the off-season with hopes of resurrecting the once dominant back. With the goal of being a run-first team with Johnson and Ivory, they are built for it.
But Johnson has struggled thus far while Ivory, per usual, continues to be impressive. Ivory has 190 yards (on just 33 carries) and two touchdowns through three games. Meanwhile, Johnson has 35 carries, but for only 123 yards and no TDs. Ivory even broke a 71-yard TD run versus the Raiders and has been more effective in the passing game thus far, which isn’t his strong point.
These conflicting performances have led to Rex Ryan’s reconsideration of Ivory’s usage.
Beyond this Dan Hanzus of NFL.com noted this following the Jets game against the Bears on Monday night.
"“Chris Ivory is a better running back than Chris Johnson — and it’s not close.”"
This all means you may want to consider Ivory in your fantasy league if you need a running back. He’s owned in only 68% of fantasy leagues, so picking him up may also be an option. With increased opportunities in the Jets run-first attack, Ivory could end up being a solid RB2 and maybe more.
Depending on your team, Ivory shouldn’t be the hardest guy to trade for. Johnson still lingers, so an excess flex wide receiver or tight end packaged with a solid “potential” player may do the trick. If your team is thin, but possesses some “heavy-hitters,” this may be the time to develop a package of Ivory and a lesser replacement for your “heavy-hitter.”
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