Eric Decker, WR, Jets
|WR - #31||82.24||NYJ||Questionable||5 years||27||6'3||218||@EricDecker87|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-14-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
STUD OR DUD?: Eric Decker put up excellent fantasy numbers in Denver. He had over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns in both seasons with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. There's a big question about Decker though. Was he a product of that prolific Peyton Manning offense, or does he have the talent to be a top fantasy contributor while with the Jets? While there's no doubt Geno Smith isn't in the same stratosphere as Manning, it is more important to see how Decker adjusts to being the No. 1 WR role with no other receivers talented enough to draw away coverage. Decker should lead the Jets in targets, though. He definitely doesn't have to worry about Demaryius Thomas or Wes Welker taking away targets. He also doesn't have them to draw away attention, so Decker will be on his own to create his own success. 2014 will be a make-or-break season for Decker and other Jets like Smith, Michael Vick and Chris Johnson. Decker left Denver to be a No. 1 WR and got paid by the Jets to do so. One stat that stands out for Decker is that with Tim Tebow running the show, Decker still caught eight TDs. Decker is a very hard player to judge, but being a top target should make him valuable enough to draft as a high WR3. Even if the former Minnesota Gopher doesn't live up to expectations, a high volume of targets should keep him from completely flopping.
Editor's note: The drop from Manning to Smith or Vick is huge. Everybody understands that. The Jets' offense is pathetic. Everybody understands that. Has the market overcorrected in evaluating Decker's potential though? Decker is a very good receiver and is the unquestioned leader here. He is currently being drafted one spot ahead of rookie WR Mike Evans as a WR3. That's a bit extreme. Decker can outpace that ADP. Sometimes being the best receiver on a bad team can work out statistically.
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) appears optimistic about his status for Monday Night's game with the Chicago Bears. "Well, it's one day, my mentality is to take it one day at a time," Decker said. I would love to play, so I am just making sure that we take the right steps. Don't do too much, but do enough to feel it out and make a decision once that day rolls around."
When discussing Decker and CB Dee Millner, head coach Rex Ryan seemed to convey optimism on their status. "Both of those guys we will see how they progress," Ryan said. "They were not practicing today, but we will see how they do. We're confident that they will be ready. We know that they are going to work to get out there. I'm confident, we'll see how it goes during the week, but I should say I guess I'm hopeful that they will play."
Decker has nine catches for 137 yards through the first two weeks and caught his first touchdown in Week 2 versus Green Bay.Fantasy Analysis:
Decker was drafted by most fantasy players as a WR3 this summer and continues to be rated as such. With the right matchup, he could be a reach WR2. This week could be one of those games. The Bears defense has been good, but the loss of Charles "Peanut" Tillman, their secondary will be a little more susceptible to getting beat.
Decker's participation in practice Thursday and Friday will be the best indicator of whether he will play on Monday night. If he's not a full participant on Friday, he'll probably be considered a game-time decision and owners should find another option that plays Sunday.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/17 - Jets WR Eric Decker on pace to play Week 3-still a risk
8/30 - Jets get rid of 2012 second-round WR Stephen Hill
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.01||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - Just missed out on Drew Brees, but Eric Decker is getting a raw deal. Yes, he is on the Jets but Geno Smith had some good games last year and now has a consistent weapon. Decker should be targeted a ton and as a WR2, he is a fine safe choice.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|7.03||FFToolbox - Feels underrated and undervalued to me. Geno Smith and Michael Vick aren't that great, but Decker isn't this bad.|
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