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RB Jay Ajayi - Miami Dolphins

6-0, 221Born: 6-15-1993College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 5

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Summary

Jay Ajayi is an interesting prospect for 2017. On the one hand, his 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns were solid production considering a shaky offensive line and not always a great amount of pass production. On the other hand, he was very hit or miss. After being left behind as a punishment for the first game, Ajayi struggled to find his groove. Then starting in Week 6, Ajayi had games totalling 204, 214 and 11 yards as well as four touchdowns during those games. He would also reach 206 against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16, but between Week 7 and Week 16, Ajayi went six weeks without reaching 100 yards on the ground, and had just one touchdown. The lack of consistency is a huge concern coming into 2017. Hopefully, a healthy offensive line - Mike Pouncey and Brandon Albert were frequently out last year - and Laremy Tunsil moving to left tackle will give Ajayi more consistent holes to work with and that should make a big difference. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 8, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 17
Overall Redraft - 17, 7, 8, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 21, 24, 24, 28, 37
RB Redraft PPR - 9, 4, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 12, 20
Overall Redraft PPR - 17, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 24, 28, 37, 37
RB Dynasty - 9, 8, 9, 11, 11, 11, 13, 16
Overall Dynasty - 27, 20, 24, 25, 25, 26, 30, 57

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 MIA 9 49 187 1 11 7 90 0
2016 MIA 15 260 1272 8 35 27 151 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 280 * * 32 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 290 * * 37 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 282 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 293 * * 31 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 17
RB: 9
Overall-PPR: 16
RB-PPR: 7

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Latest News

Dolphins | Jay Ajayi rounding out his game (Sun Jun 18, 11:04 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi looks much smoother running routes and finishing receptions than he did last year, as catching the ball out of the backfield became a major focus during his offseason training.

Our View: This is a constant drumbeat we've heard in the offseason. Ajayi could be used more in the passing game, and that improves his already high fantasy value. We could see him going over 1,200 yards rushing again with 35 or so receptions (he had 27 catches last year). Ajayi is currently going off the board at RB7 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi prepared for big workload (Tue Jun 13, 06:04 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is ready to receive more touches this season. 'I'll be ready to carry the ball however many times I have to,' Ajayi said. 'I feel like I'm a workhorse and I get better as the game keeps going and I continue to be a part of the game.'

Our View: Head coach Adam Gase admitted that Ajayi is Miami's bell cow running back. Fantasy owners know that Ajayi can tote the rock as the lead back for the Dolphins. He's been working on his route-running ability and could be in line for more receptions than the 27 he posted in 2016. The no11 fantasy back last year, Ajayi should break into the top 10 in 2017. His current ADP is RB7 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi worked on route running (Tue Jun 13, 01:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi began working on his route running with QB Ryan Tannehill and the wide receivers in March.

Our View: Ajayi had 27 catches last year but wasn't a consistent part of the passing game. He's the battering ram as a runner, but better routes might lead to more targets as a receiver out of the backfield. We're not going overboard with projections for Ajayi as a receiver. Projecting 35 or so receptions seems reasonable for 2017.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2@ Los Angeles Chargers
3@ New York Jets
4vs New Orleans Saints
5vs Tennessee Titans
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs New York Jets
8@ Baltimore Ravens
9vs Oakland Raiders
10@ Carolina Panthers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Denver Broncos
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Buffalo Bills