The wide receiver left Sunday's game in Green Bay after aggravating a hamstring injury he initially suffered during training camp. And Jets coach Rex Ryan didn't seem optimistic that Decker will practice Wednesday. Decker was seen, however, on the field without cleats or a helmet. (Source: Newsday)
Fantasy Impact: Although he was on the field Wednesday, he didn't actually practice, and is a doubt for the Jets' Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears. Decker does have a chance to play, but the decision on whether or not he'll be activated for Monday night could be made late on - so it's probably best for Decker owners to keep an eye on him ahead of the weekend's games.
Eric Decker was removed from the Jets' Week 2 game due to an apparent injury to his hamstring. His return is doubtful.
Fantasy Impact: Decker was having a solid game before the injury, and just missed catching a 79-yard touchdown before his injury. He is by far the best receiver on the Jets, and is a solid WR2 for most fantasy teams. Hopefully the Jets are just being cautious, but the fact that he is still on the sidelines in such a close game makes it seem like the injury is more than a minor one.
Eric Decker caught 3 passes for 33 yards on Friday night against the Giants. He also added a 3-yard TD from Michael Vick.
Fantasy Impact: Decker was quiet in the first half working with starting QB Geno Smith but ended up connecting with Vick for his first TD of the preseason. The Jets elected to keep him in after Geno was taken out because he did not play last week against the Bengals. It should be noted that Decker ranks second in red-zone targets in the NFL since 2012 with Saints TE Jimmy Graham being the only player to get more. Decker may not be a sure thing WR2 but he will be one of the better FLEX options you could find.
Eric Decker will miss the Jets' game against the Bengals on Saturday evening, as he battles a quadricep injury. Rex Ryan said he hoped Decker would be able to go for the team's second preseason game, even though the receiver had been dealing with the injury throughout the week. (Source: New York Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: Decker will be missing some valuable on-field time which he could use to build chemistry with quarterback Geno Smith. He should recover in time to train before facing the Giants next week. Decker is still the leading receiver in New York, and could potentially be undervalued as the thirtieth wide receiver taken in fantasy leagues.
Eric Decker returned to training on Tuesday, after sitting out the last couple of sessions with a quadricep injury. The wide receiver is now expected to feature in Saturday's game against the Bengals. (Source: Gang Green Nation)
Fantasy Impact: The injury shouldn't affect Decker's fantasy outlook too much, as he is slated to return to the side at the weekend after catching two passes for 12 yards against the Colts on Saturday. As the thirtieth wide receiver taken in drafts, Decker could prove to be somewhat of a sleeper. He was a top-ten WR last year, and although he has swapped Peyton Manning for Geno Smith, Decker still has talent, and doesn't have as many quality receivers to compete with for targets.
Eric Decker is out to show his critics he is not a wide receiver that needs Peyton Manning to be successful. Decker had huge numbers in Denver and wants to prove he can do the same thing in New York. In camp he has made it look easy against the Jets secondary. The question is, will he make any real impact as the Jets No.1 receiver this season. (Source: New York Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: Even with Decker looking good in camp and connecting with Geno Smith, he should be taken with caution. It is unrealistic to expect him to put up the same numbers as he did in Denver. He should be looked at as a fantasy WR2 at best. He could potentially be a good flex position player.
Decker used the phrase "more freedom" when describing how the Jets used their receivers. In offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg's system, Eric Decker could do more to aid his own cause than he could in Denver's spread offense. (Source: The Star-Ledger)
Fantasy Impact: With a current ADP of the thirty-first wide receiver drafted in major fantasy leagues, Eric Decker could prove to be a great value pick. Decker seems to be settling in with his new team, and already appears to be establishing chemistry with Geno Smith. While expecting Decker to put up the same numbers may be unreasonable, it's not out of the question for him to come close to last year's totals this time around.
According to ESPN NY's Rich Cimini, Eric Decker shined on the first day of camp. Decker's early camp performance and comfort with quarterback Geno Smith impressed the writer so much that he predicted Decker "will be among the league leaders in targets." (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This may be a bold prediction, but it is certainly not unrealistic. Decker will not see the gaudy touchdown and yardage stats he had with Peyton Manning. Yet, his budding chemistry with Smith and superiority to the Jets other pass catchers will make him the go to option early and often. Decker is still a valuable fantasy prospect and certainly better than his ADP of WR #33. His value may even be higher in PPR leagues than it was with Manning given that he no longer has to fight Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Wes Welker for targets.