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RB Jay Ajayi - Miami Dolphins

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

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Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi suffered a concussion in practice on July 31. UPDATE: On August 13th, Ajayi is no longer in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): The Dolphins finally got Ajayi on track, and Jay Cutler played well enough to keep him relevant late into the second half in a tough road matchup. Ajayi needs to score to get back to RB1 levels, but we can trust him in the lineup as an RB2 against the Jets this week.

Week 7: vs New York Jets

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at NYJ 33 11 16 0 3 2 9 0 0 2.5
4 vs NO 32 12 46 0 1 1 8 0 0 5.4
5 vs TEN 46 25 77 0 3 2 2 0 1 6.9
6 at ATL 48 26 130 0 3 0 0 0 0 13
7 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 24 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 23 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs ATL (26 / 130 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jay Ajayi rushed 26 times for 130 yards and no touchdowns, but it was his ability to move the chains that was the difference between the Dolphins winning and losing. Ajayi's long gain of the game were a pair of 18 yard rushes on back to back plays in the fourth quarter that moved the Dolphins from their own 34 yard line all the way to the Atlanta 30 yard line. These two plays set up a 38 yard Codey Parkey field goal that proved to be the points that won the game for Miami. Ajayi had 10 gains of five or more yards, and despite their offensive line coach being fired the previous week, the Dolphins offensive line did a great job of opening holes for their running back. Ajayi bullied his way to 130 yards rushing, punishing the Atlanta secondary whenever he got to the second level. It was clear that the Falcons defense wanted no part of the Ajayi in the fourth quarter, and he was able to exploit the soft spots in the Falcons secondary whenever he got to the second level.

2017 Week 5 vs TEN (25 / 77 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

Jay Ajayi rushed 25 times for 77 yards, while also catching two passes for two yards. While the 77 yards were an improvement over the last two weeks, the 77 rushing yards pale in comparison to what we saw Ajayi do with a full workload last season. It is not entirely his fault though, as the Miami offensive line has failed to open adequate holes for him to run through, and in the instance where Ajayi is able to break through his first tackler, there are often several other defenders waiting to take him down. Ajayi's ability to gain first downs while the passing game was largely ineffective was key in Miami winning the field positioning battle. Without that, the Dolphins would have fell to 1-3 on a day when their defense was largely responsible for sealing the win against the Titans.

2017 Week 4 vs NO (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

If the Dolphins score zero points, possess the ball for 40% of the game and have only 164 yards passing, the chances are that Miami did not get their bell-cow running back going in the game. This was the case against the Saints in London on Sunday, as Ajayi rushed 12 times for only 46 yards, while also catching one pass for eight yards. While Ajayi was far from effective against New Orleans, he wasn't give much of an opportunity to wear down the Saints defense. Miami was trailing 10-0 midway through the 4th quarter, so the lack of carries was not due to the game being out of hand. Six of Ajayi's 12 carries went for 2 yards or less, which has been a trend dating back to last season. Ajayi needs a large workload so he can wear down defenses and then break off big plays. The Miami offensive line is not one of the leagues better units, so Ajayi needs some semblance of a passing attack to keep defenses from stacking the box against him. In this particular game, that is exactly what New Orleans did, holding the Dolphins to 186 net offensive yards.

2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

The New York Jets completely shut down the Dolphins run game, and held Jay Ajayi to 16 yards on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for nine yards, but Ajayi was not even a factor in this game. The Dolphins offense is centered around Ajayi being a workhorse, and the Jets showed what happens when Jay Cutler is forced to throw the ball 44 times. Ajayi had five carries that went for negative yards, which explains why he only gained 16 yards. Ajayi was injured on his first carry of the game, but came back in shortly after. The injury didn't appear to be anything more than a hard shot to the groin, so Ajayi will not miss any time. This was a bad game script for the Dolphins, and their offense will only go as far as Ajayi can take them.

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (28 / 122 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Jay Ajayi continued to be the workhorse for the Dolphins offense, carrying the ball 28 times for 122 yards, while also catching two passes for four yards on two targets. When I first watched Ajayi last season, I did not see an NFL skillset. He looked sluggish getting to the line of scrimmage, and was indecisive hitting the holes that his offensive line opened up for him. Well that is all in the past, as Ajayi has totally changed my perception of him. He does have elite skills, specifically his power and balance. When Ajayi gets beyond the line of scrimmage, he is more than willing to run over defenders, even more so than running around them. With his power, he is able to hit defenders and keep his legs underneath him, which is how he gains so many yards after first contact. Ajayi also gets stronger as the game goes on, which considering his hefty workload, gives him the opportunity to take advantage of tired defenses late in the game.

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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi gobbles up 130 yards (Sun Oct 15, 04:55 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi rushed 26 times for 130 yards in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. He was also targeted three times in the pass game but did not have a catch.

Our View: Ajayi was running hot early, but the 17-0 deficit made it seem like they were not going to be able to feed Ajayi in the second half. The defense and Jay Cutler recovered in the second half and Ajayi was strong down the stretch to help the team win and help us have some faith in him in our lineups next week against the Jets.
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Dolphins | Week 6 injury report for Dolphins (Fri Oct 13, 04:08 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 13, and is listed as doubtful for Week 6. CB Byron Maxwell (foot) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. CB Xavien Howard (shoulder) fully participated in practice but is listed as questionable. RB Jay Ajayi (knee), DE Terrence Fede (shoulder), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle) and C Mike Pouncey (hip) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi ready to play (Fri Oct 13, 03:55 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi sits out (Thu Oct 12, 05:01 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 12.

Our View: Ajayi has only topped 15 carries twice this season and 100 yards once. He has yet to record a touchdown. The offensive line has been shaky and he hasn't had much luck, nor will he against Atlanta. Ajayi is someone we're not expecting to top RB3 production this week.
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Dolphins | Full practice for Jay Ajayi (Wed Oct 11, 06:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Our View: Things aren't going well for the Dolphins this year, but Ajayi should be in line for another sizable role against the Falcons in Week 6. Fantasy owners should consider him a RB2 with upside in this matchup.
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