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Value Plays: Running Backs

The Footballguys staff finds value at the running back position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

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Players Receiving 4 Votes

Jay Ajayi, Miami

Bloom: The main argument in Ajayi's favor is touches by default, but a closer look reveals a very exciting situation with a very exciting talent. New Dolphins head coach Adam Gase oversaw a run heavy attack in Chicago last year despite their being a losing team, and CJ Anderson was a stud in 2014 once he took over. By all outward indications, Ajayi will have a chance to seize an Anderson-esque role, and he has the forceful style to deliver. Ajayi was a second round talent who fell to the fifth because of knee cartilage worries that don't seem to have slowed him down after a terrific offseason that saw him take control of the Dolphins backfield. The upside more than justifies a pick in the fifth.

Howe: No one seems to know what to do with Jay Ajayi. His ADP has fluctuated wildly over an offseason that saw Miami jettison last year's lead back and anoint Ajayi the starter, then draft Kenyan Drake and purportedly sniff around Arian Foster. But it's June, and Ajayi seems to have a leg and a half up on the battle. Drake is a passing down project, Damien Williams is short on dynamism, and a camp addition will have an uphill climb in Adam Gase's new offense. Ajayi boasts the athleticism and awesome production resume to project high-end RB2 numbers, yet the uncertainty has him drafted at the RB22.

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