Jay Ajayi Fantasy Football News 2017

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is out of the concussion protocol, HC Adam Gase announced on Sunday. The concussion is worth filing away in case he sustains another, but it's a non-factor for his 2017 fantasy value now. Ajayi is safe to draft starting near the end of the 1st round.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) was back participating in individual drills on Sunday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol, Salguero notes, but he's moving in the right direction again after possibly suffering a setback. There's still no reason to believe that Ajayi won't be fully cleared ahead of Week 1, but we'll continue to track the situation.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) did not practice on Saturday after taking part in individual drills earlier this week. "That likely means he suffered a setback in stage 3 of the concussion protocol program," the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly tweeted. It's more of an educated guess than a report from Kelly, but it's certainly concerning that Ajayi still hasn't been cleared nearly 2 weeks after sustaining the concussion. We'll continue keeping a close eye on him, but we're not moving him down the RB Rankings just yet.

The Dolphins have coaxed QB Jay Cutler out of retirement with a 1-year, $10 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move is a sure sign that the team has elected to have QB Ryan Tannehill undergo season-ending surgery on his ACL. Cutler's 2016 season ended with a torn labrum, and he finished with a 59.1% completion rate, 4 TDs and 5 INTs in 5 appearances. The year prior, though, he connected on 64.4% of his attempts with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. That season came under OC Adam Gase, who is now HC of the Dolphins. That experience in the offense will help Cutler get ready with Week 1 just 5 weeks away. Cutler will be piloting a run-heavy offense and is no more than a lower-end QB2 in fantasy. But he'll keep this offense on schedule. We're not moving any Miami skill-position players down the rankings.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi sustained a concussion in Monday's practice, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, and will miss "at least" a week. It's the 1st known concussion for Ajayi. He should be cleared in plenty of time for the start of the regular season, which is still more than 5 weeks away. We're not moving Ajayi in the RB Rankings, but we'll keep an eye on him -- and file this away if he suffers another concussion at some point.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi left practice Monday to be evaluated for a potential concussion, ESPN's James Walker reports. HC Adam Gase said the team would have an update later in the afternoon. We'll keep an eye out for further info.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase called RB Jay Ajayi his team's "top 3rd-down guy." There's been talk this offseason of Ajayi's passing game role increasing -- including OC Clyde Christensen claiming he's "200%" better as a receiver -- but this is the 1st time we've heard it from Gase. Ajayi totaled just 27 catches for 151 yards in last year's breakout campaign. But he showed pass-catching chops in college with 50 grabs in his final season at Boise State. There's 40+ catch upside here if Miami lets him stay on the field in passing situations.

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen says RB Jay Ajayi is "200%" better as a receiver this year than he was last. We could certainly chalk this up as coach speak, but Ajayi was a plus pass-catcher in college, hauling in 50 balls in his final season at Boise State. He saw just 35 targets with the Fins last year, which ranked just 37th among RBs. Ajayi posted a solid 77.1% catch rate but averaged only 5.6 yards per catch. Any boost in receiving volume and/or efficiency in 2017 will only help his case as a RB1.

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Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not expecting that shoulder to be an issue. Ajayi is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Patriots. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and is fully expected to play. There’s still some risk that a banged-up Ajayi is pulled early if this game gets out of hand. And New England has given up just 3.6 yards per carry to RBs this season. Consider Ajayi a risk/reward RB2 for Week 17.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday and appears set to play against the Patriots this weekend. Miami can move up from the 6th to 5th seed with a win and a loss by the Chiefs in San Diego. But we still wouldn't be surprised to see Ajayi's volume scaled back -- especially if the Fins fall behind big.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase said Monday that RB Jay Ajayi got “a little banged up" in Saturday's win over Buffalo. Ajayi seemed to be dealing with a shoulder issue but never left the game for good. Gase also said Monday that he has no plans to rest starters in the finale vs. the Patriots. The Fins could move up to the AFC's #5 seed with a win and a Chiefs loss to the Chargers. But we wouldn't be surprised if Ajayi's workload was scaled back in Week 17. He's carried 71 times over the past 3 games.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi disappointed fantasy owners with just 48 yards on 20 attempts. He caught 1 of 3 targets for 15 yards — a line that includes 1 drop on a day that produced persistent rain. Ajayi nearly enjoyed a bigger day, though, as Ryan Tannehill overthrew him on a potential TD along the sideline. He also had a short-range rushing score called back on holding. Keep him in lineups for a Week 15 date vs. the slumping Jets.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster announced his retirement in a written statement on Monday. "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page," Foster wrote. "I've reached that point ... I know it's not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can't take the punishment this game asks for any longer." Foster dealt with numerous injuries throughout his 8-year career, including a torn meniscus and a torn Achilles. He mustered just 2.6 yards per carry over between 2015 and 2016. RB Jay Ajayi, riding back-to-back 200-yard games, is locked in as Miami's feature back going forward. He'll be backed up by Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase admitted Monday that RB Arian Foster (groin, hamstring) is "not 100%." That was pretty evident based on Foster's usage against the Steelers yesterday: 11 snaps, 5 touches. RB Jay Ajayi, meanwhile, ripped off 204 yards and 2 scores on 25 carries. That should earn him the lead gig going forward, but we wonder if Miami will get Foster more involved when he's back to full strength.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. He’s trending toward a Week 6 return. Jay Ajayi figures to lead Miami’s committee backfield vs. Tennessee but is a shaky fantasy play.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He returned to limited practices this week and might be back for Week 6. Jay Ajayi figures to lead Miami’s committee backfield this weekend but is a shaky fantasy play.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) remained sidelined for Tuesday's practice. It's early in the week, so this doesn't kill his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Titans, but he's not off to a good start. Jay Ajayi served as Miami's top RB last week but finished with just 46 total yards on 8 catches. This remains a situation to avoid.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Bengals. There's still no timetable for his return. Miami will again go with a 4-man committee backfield led by Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Dolphins are "treating rookie RB Kenyan Drake as the starter today." That's a strange way to word it and comes as a surprise after most pegged Jay Ajayi to draw the start. Miami's coaching staff has obviously soured on last year's 5th-round pick, though. Expect multiple RBs to get on the field for the Fins today -- including Ajayi, Damien Williams and/or Isaiah Pead -- but Drake now looks like the best fantasy bet.


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