Eric Decker, WR, Jets
|WR - #31||82.24||NYJ||Active||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.
Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) as well as Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) are all listed as questionable for Monday night. Marshall and Jeffery were both game-time decisions in Week 2 and both played on Sunday night. Marshall got his first practice of this week in on Saturday and was limited. Jeffery was a limited participant in practice all week. Decker didn't practice until Saturday either and was also limited. The two Bears wideouts are expected to play while Decker is considered a game-time decision.
This is a big-time game for fantasy as Marshall and Jeffery are both projected as strong WR1 options this week against a Jets defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to WRs so far in 2014. Decker is proving to be the Jets' top option in the passing game and figures to be extremely active against a Bears secondary that will be without Charles Tillman after he suffered a season-ending torn triceps for the second consecutive season.
It's always a risky proposition to start a player who's questionable for a Monday Night Football game. In situations like this, it simply boils down to what your options are. You never want to take a zero, but if the guy you'd be plugging in for a Sunday game is only projected to catch three balls for 24 yards, then why not hold out for the stud WR and hope he goes. Many fantasy players probably benched Brandon Marshall last week and are probably still not over his three-touchdown game. The best-case scenario is that you have one of the backups that would get the nod in this game, but if you don't have Santonio Holmes or Jeremy Kerley, then you don't have that luxury.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/21 - Bears WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Jets WR Eric Decker questionable for Monday night
9/17 - Jets hopeful WR Eric Decker will play in Week 3
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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