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Eric Decker Fantasy Football News 2017

The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Eric Decker. The former Jet gives QB Marcus Mariota a talented, steady veteran presence. Decker shouldn't keep Corey Davis from reaching the top of the WR depth chart if the rookie proves ready to do so, but he'll cut into the available targets and certainly make it tough for Rishard Matthews to deliver another fantasy-starter line. Decker could also block 3rd-round WR Taywan Taylor from turning into a fantasy surprise this season. We'll see this summer just how healthy Decker is coming off groin and shoulder surgeries at the end of last year. But he reportedly looked good in Jets OTAs before his release. Another receiving weapon makes Mariota even more attractive around the fringe of QB1 territory in fantasy football drafts.

The Jets have released WR Eric Decker, saving $7.25 million against the 2017 salary cap. They tried to find a trade partner but found no takers with the other 31 teams knowing that Decker would be released. It shouldn't take him long to find a new job on the open market. Decker has reportedly been medically cleared from last year's shoulder and hip surgeries and has remained productive. He posted an 80-1,027-12 line back in 2015 and hit pay dirt in 2 of 3 games last year. Only 5 players have scored more receiving TDs than Decker since 2011.

The Jets have informed WR Eric Decker that he'll be traded or released this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move will save the rebuilding Jets a little over $7 million this season. It'll also see them lose their only proven pass-catcher. New York's WR depth chart now reads: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen and Charone Peake. That group will try to catch passes from some combination of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. God speed, Jets fans. Decker, meanwhile, should find a new job relatively quickly. And it figures to be in a spot much more conducive to fantasy production.

Jets WR Eric Decker was on the field for the start of this week's OTAs. He was sporting a red no-contact jersey, and it's unclear how much he'll actually do. But the fact that he's out there at all is good news after he underwent shoulder and hip surgeries last year. Barring setbacks, Decker should be ready for training camp and a full-go by the time Week 1 rolls around. A healthy Decker could dominate targets for the Brandon Marshall-less Jets.

Jets WR Eric Decker, recovering from shoulder and hip surgeries, expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “My health is good. I’m back and I’m doing everything right now,” he said. “There are no [structural] issues. I’m just getting my strength back. But as far as everything else, I’m a full go." Decker has been bandied about as a cut candidate for the rebuilding Jets, who drafted a pair of WRs last weekend. If he sticks around, though, Decker figures to dominate targets on a team that will often find itself playing catchup. He's a nice value in MFL10s at his current 8th-round ADP.

The Jets added Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He didn’t put up big numbers in a stacked and run-leaning Crimson Tide offense. But Stewart flashed big-play ability, averaging 16.0 yards per catch last year and even carrying 8 times for 68 yards. The 5’11, 204-pounder ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine but finished with a middling 47th percentile SPARQ score. Stewart looks much more like a complementary receiver than a lead dog at the next level, but there’s certainly opportunity in New York. Eric Decker is 30 and coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, while the rest of the depth chart is led by Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson.

The Jets have hired John Morton as their OC. The 47-year-old has spent the past 6 seasons as a WRs coach -- 4 in San Francisco and 2 in New Orleans. His only experience calling plays came at USC in 2009 and 2010. Those squads, piloted by Matt Barkley, ranked 55th and 26th, respectively, in yards per game. This is a wholly uninspiring hire by the Jets.

Jets WR Eric Decker underwent hip surgery on Tuesday, the team announced. It's the 1st we've heard of a hip issue. Decker was placed on IR with a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. No word on what's wrong with the hip, but the procedure is expected to sideline him 6 months. It'll also delay his shoulder surgery. According to the Jets website, Decker needs to be off crutches before he can have the shoulder surgery, which comes with an 8-month recovery timeline. Depending on when that takes place, Decker could be in danger of missing the start of training camp or even the season. Either way, he'll spend the offseason rehabbing. Decker turns 30 in March.

The Jets have placed WR Eric Decker on IR, and he will have season-ending shoulder surgery, Pro Football Talk reports. That will obviously keep WR Quincy Enunwa prominently involved in the pass offense, which has already provided him 7+ targets and 4+ catches every week. He sits in WR3 territory across fantasy formats. Decker's absence also likely solidifies Brandon Marshall's WR1 status. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick gets a fantasy downgrade going forward, though he had already provided that with his play in recent weeks. Decker will be 30 in March, so his dynasty outlook certainly isn't trending in the right direction. We wouldn't bet on you being able to sell him for good value in such a format at this point, though.

Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. It's possible Decker doesn't play again this season.

Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) admitted on Thursday that he's not guaranteed to return at any point this season. “That’s something at this point isn’t a definite answer,” he said. “I’m more focused on every day getting better and getting to that point where I can be ready to go. That’s really the only thing I can control.” Decker has been able to run routes this week but is still focusing just on regaining strength and range of motion in his injured shoulder. Surgery is still a possibility. Fantasy owners certainly can't be counting on anything from Decker the rest of the way. We'd still try to stash him if possible until we have a better idea of his outlook.

 
 
 

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