Eric Decker, WR, Jets
|WR - #30||79.16||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.
The New York Jets reported, via their Twitter feed, that Geno Smith will get the start over Michael Vick at quarterback when they face the Miami Dolphins in their divisional, Monday Night Football matchup in Week 13. It was reported just yesterday that the Jets intended to stick with Vick at QB. Apparently, that changes like the weather in New York.
Neither quarterback has been effective this season. They've combined for 10 passing touchdowns, compared to 13 interceptions.Fantasy Analysis:
Can we please get Joe Namath in a uniform? Vinny? Pennington? Brett Favre-he's due to come out of retirement, right?
Bottom line, there isn't a Jet that you should feel comfortable rolling out in Week 13 if you're in (or fighting for a berth in) your league's playoffs. They've just been horrendous. WR Eric Decker is about the only one that could have a decent game. He did catch three of his four touchdowns with Smith at quarterback between Weeks 1 and 7. So, there's that.
The good news for Jets fans is that, with two wins, they are still in strong contention for a top five draft pick next season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors11/26 - Jets to go back to Geno Smith at QB; Michael Vick benched
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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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