Stash or Trash: Chris Ivory Will Still Get Carries Moving Forward
Ever since, fantasy owners have been using Ivory with mixed success. Some weeks -- like Week 6 against Tampa Bay -- Ivory will bust defenses wide open and break off 158 yards on the ground. Sometimes he rushes seven times for seven yards, like he did two weeks later against Pittsburgh.
But the whole time fantasy owners have been running with Ivory, somewhere in the back of their minds they've known that Ivory's service was just temporary. As soon as Thomas and Bush returned, Ivory should fade away.
Well, Bush is back and he's carried the ball six times in two games. Thomas is close to a return from injury, but Ivory doesn't seem to be bothered by looking over his shoulder. In the last three games Ivory has averaged 5.6 yards per carry and rushed for 254 yards and scored five times.
Head coach Sean Payton said on Monday that Ivory has earned his carries and won't lose any playing time when Thomas returns.
"Chris has done a number of good things, " Saints Coach Sean Payton said Monday. "I don't want to affect his snap count at all in regards to his carries and attempts. We'll be smart about who's up and having a plan that we think is best for our team. But certainly Chris has earned the reps that he is getting now, the touches that he's getting now.
Stash | Current Ownership - 39 percent
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs – For three weeks, between Weeks 10 and 12, Cassel was nearly unstoppable. He wasn't necessarily putting up a lot of yardage, but he threw 10 touchdown passes and didn't get picked off once. But since he had an off day against Denver, people seem to be jumping ship. This may not be the best time to dump Cassel though. Next week when he faces San Diego – the league's best pass defense – you may want him on your bench. But the next two weeks he faces very pedestrian passing defenses in St. Louis and Tennessee. If Cassel treats them like he did Arizona and Seattle, he may be worth a start. Stash | Current Ownership – 68 percent
Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers – Since Week 5, when he rushed for 115 yards on 10 carries, Jackson hasn't topped 58 yards. Since Week 7, when he averaged 4.5 yards per carry, Jackson hasn't been above 3.7 yards per carry – twice coming in at 2.0 and 2.6. Now that James Starks is in the picture and the Packers have said his role will expand, it's time to send Jackson to the waiver wire. Jackson just isn't going to get the carries, and he's not doing enough with the very limited amount he's allowed. Trash | Current Ownership - 74 percent
Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots – Looking at Hernandez' stat line over the last four games and you'd be crazy not to start him every week, right? He has four touchdowns in four games – most people would kill for that kind of production from their tight end. But I'm not sure his success is sustainable. His two touchdown effort against Cleveland was legit, but since then he's had two games where he only caught one pass, and his most current game where he caught three passes in a 45-3 romp over the Jets. Hernandez is making the most of his limited snaps, but notice that "limited" is the operative term there. If I were moving forward with a tight end into the playoffs, I'd want him targeted many more times than Hernandez is being looked to. Trash | Current Ownership – 63 percent