Chris Ivory had a career year in 2015, and he converted that into a huge raise to leave the Jets for the Jaguars. Ivory's contract with Jacksonville is for five years at $32.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed, and he will compete with T.J. Yeldon for playing time. Ivory was excellent last season with career highs in carries (247), rushing yards (1,070), touchdowns (seven), catches (30) and receiving yards (217). We doubt he will build off those numbers if Yeldon is healthy, and Ivory tailed off in 2015 when Bilal Powell was healthy. We envision Ivory working on first and second down and at the goal line, but he will likely lose playing time to Yeldon in passing situations. Ivory takes a hit with this move; he should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy running back on Draft Day. He's a better option than Yeldon in standard leagues, and we would draft Ivory in Round 6 in those formats. In PPR leagues, Ivory should not be drafted before Round 7.
Ivory said recently that the transition from New York to Jacksonville has been a smooth one, the Florida Times-Union reports. "For the most part, it's been pretty smooth," Ivory said last month. "The only thing is trying to adjust to the new terminology. It's the same stuff, but new terminology. I'm just trying to wrap my mind around it and get more comfortable with it so I can just go out and play." Ivory signed a two-year deal with Jacksonville after spending the previous three seasons in a Jets uniform. The veteran, who rushed for 1,070 yards last season, will split duties with second-year back T.J. Yeldon, and at this point it's unclear exactly how the workload will be shared. The expectation is that Ivory will technically be the No. 1 back, though the Times-Union suggests the number of carries could be close to even. It's also possible that, with two capable backs, the Jags opt to ride the hot hand on a series-to-series basis.
Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars, ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports. The contract numbers may seem oddly large for an injury-prone running back that will soon turn 28, but only $10 million of the deal is guaranteed and only $5 million comes from the signing bonus. According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, Ivory's deal can really be thought of as a two-year, $12.5 million contract. Of course, that's still more than enough money to ensure that Ivory is ticketed for a starring role, though 2015 second-round selection T.J. Yeldon also figures to be a big part of the offense.
Ivory (knee) had six rushes for 81 yards Sunday against the Bills. Ivory just completed the first 1,000-yard season of his career, ending the campaign with 1,070 yards. After starting out this season with four straight excellent performances, he clearly slowed down over the course of the year. He'll go into the off-season as a free agent, as his three-year contract has expired. If he's able to secure a role as a lead runner, he'll continue to be a solid weekly option for fantasy teams.
Ivory (knee) is active Sunday against the Bills. Ivory could be in line for an expanded workload Sunday, as backup Bilal Powell, who has been very active in the past few weeks, is out because of an ankle injury. Ivory rushed for 99 yards and picked up an additional 36 receiving yards against the Bills back in Week 10.
Ivory (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bills. Though limited at practice this week, Ivory looks good to go Sunday, which is more than can be said of fellow RB Bilal Powell, who did not practice all week, and is looking very iffy for the Jets' regular season finale. If Powell sits this weekend, Ivory would be a candidate to see added work Sunday, a scenario that would boost his Week 17 fantasy ceiling.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|2||09/18||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|9||11/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|3 Year Avg||209||908||5||17||117||1||137|