Chris Ivory doesn't expect to play Friday, remains solid fantasy option for now

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory says he doesn't expect to play in Friday's preseason opener. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory isn't quite ready to give fantasy owners a look at him in the preseason. Ivory tells the New York Daily News that he likely won't play on Friday against the Detroit Lions but expects to be back at full speed by early next week.

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Ivory, who was traded to the Jets from the New Orleans Saints in the offseason, has been bothered by a hamstring problem in training camp. Bilal Powell will likely start in place of Ivory.

Fantasy Impact: Ivory is getting his chance to be a No. 1 running back in New York. The Saints had a number of good running backs on their roster and Ivory -- despite showing bursts of talent -- never got regular opportunities in New Orleans.

Fantasy owners don't yet need to worry about the hamstring injury and should still target Ivory as a No. 2/3 running back on draft day depending on the league format. Ivory could be a steal this season.

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