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|The Broncos 2010 3rd round pick put together a reasonably productive season in 2011 with Tim Tebow at the controls of the teamís offense, catching 44 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. He started the season strong with 37 receptions for 527 yards and all eight of his touchdowns over his first 11 games before fading badly down the stretch with seven receptions for 85 yards over his final five games. There are two big concerns with Decker entering the 2012 season. One is his completion to target percentage which checked in at a woeful 46.3% last season. While that was partly the result of having Tebow as his quarterback, that explanation is partially negated by the fact that Decker was often used as the teamís top threat on short and intermediate routes. Equally concerning was his lack of production when Demaryius Thomas returned to the lineup. With Thomas out of the lineup for the first five games of the season, Decker caught 22 passes and then caught 22 more over the final 11 games with Thomas in the lineup. With Peyton Manning now in Denver, Decker is certainly going to catch a higher percentage of his targets and he has the speed and athleticism to emerge as a 1,000-yard receiver. Consider him a WR3 in 2012 although he lacks Thomasí huge upside.
Comment: A healthy Peyton Manning will do wonders for Decker's fantasy value.
|Harvin reportedly traded to Jets -- Fri Oct 17 5:50 pm --|
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
|BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
| Eric Decker uncertain for Week 5 -- Thu Oct 2 5:40 pm --|
|New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice with tightness in his balky right hamstring, leaving his status uncertain for the team's game San Diego on Sunday. Decker was limited Wednesday, but participated only in individual drills Thursday before he was told to sit out the rest of practice as a precaution.
Decker has been bothered by the hamstring since injuring it in Week 2 at Green Bay. He has been listed as questionable before each of the last two games, but played in both. (USA Today)|
FF Today's Take: To his credit, Decker has been reasonably productive despite being dogged by his hamstring. With that said, the Jets would be well-advised to give their top receiver the 1-2 weeks he needs to completely heal. New York isn't going to speed up Geno Smith's learning curve by giving him a top receiver that is far from 100 percent. Jeremy Kerley would likely serve as the Smith's favorite receiver if Decker is forced to sit.
| Hamstring keeps Decker out of practice Wed. -- Wed Sep 17 7:04 pm --|
Rex Ryan optimistic that Decker will play MNF
|FLORHAM PARK - Though Jets wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice Wednesday, because he tweaked his hamstring in Sundayís loss at Green Bay, he said it was "a good sign" that he was able to do some jogging in the rehab area of the practice field, under the supervision of trainers. Moreover, Jets coach Rex Ryan sounded optimistic that both Decker and cornerback Dee Milliner will play Monday night against the Bears.
FF Today's Take: Through two weeks of action the Jets are ranked 29th in offensive passing yards per game while the Bears defense is giving up under 200 yards through the air. Considering the fact that the Jets play on Monday night fantasy owners should play it safe by going with a different option for Week 3. Decker owners willing to roll the dice may want to consider picking up Jeremy Kerley or David Nelson in case the Jets keep their top receiving threat on the sideline.
| Eric Decker re-injures hamstring -- Mon Sep 15 9:00 am --|
Jets wideout bothered by hamstring injury in preseason
|The New York Jets suffered a potentially costly injury Sunday, as wide receiver Eric Decker exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. It's the same hamstring that nagged Decker throughout training camp, except this time the injury is believed to be more severe. He will have tests Monday, presumably an MRI. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Decker is the key receiver for the Jets so his loss would be a significant blow to the offense. Jeremy Kerley is operating as the No.2 wideout. David Nelson would likely slide into a starting role if Decker misses any time.