by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Jets, as a whole, are a complete mess with the running back situation just being a small microcosm of their offensive woes. Is there any value to be had? Let’s take a look at the options:
The most hyped back at this point, Ivory is currently the 30th running back being drafted with an average ADP of 76.3 according to fantasypros.com. He was never fully given a shot in New Orleans, though his 5.1 yards/carry over his three seasons show upside.
Can he maintain that as the lead back, though? Can he do it on a Jets team that, on paper, looks horrific without a trustworthy QB to help keep defenses honest?
He’s appeared in two preseason games, running the ball 14 times for 28 yards, so the first impression certainly isn’t good. That’s doesn’t mean write him off or that there is no value, but I’d rather take the gamble on Mark Ingram, Ivory’s former teammate, at around the same spot in the draft.
He owns an average ADP of 174.5, making him an intriguing target right off the bat. He also has been the Jets’ best back this preseason, albeit it at an unimpressive 3.6 yards/carry.
That said, he did have 437 yards on 110 carries a year ago and could play a role in the passing game. While Ivory should open the year as the starter, with Powell as the change-of-pace option, would it really be a surprise to see Powell take on a bigger role? Considering how unstable the offense is, and the fact that Ivory is no guarantee to produce, it’s not an unreasonable thought.
Late in your draft there are a lot worse RB fliers to take. Maybe the pick ultimately is a waste, but there’s no downside in the latter rounds.
He’s lucky he still has an NFL job and will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension. Could he play a role when he returns? Sure, but it’s hard to depend on.
What are your thoughts of the Jets’ running back situation? Are you willing to roll the dice with any of these options?
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