Jay Ajayi Fantasy Football News 2017

8:10am EDT 10/1/17

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) is active for this morning's game against the Saints. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. We heard yesterday, though, that Miami plans to continue limiting Ajayi's 3rd-down snaps. That dings his fantasy outlook -- although he remains in RB1 territory in the Week 4 Rankings.

The Dolphins plan to continue limiting RB Jay Ajayi's 3rd-down snaps. According to insider Roy Cummings, Ajayi has just three 3rd-down touches through 2 games -- and none of those came last week. “Jay is our horse, but (third down is) a good time to rest him because we have two guys that can really catch the ball and make big plays catching the ball,’’ OC Clyde Christensen said. "... Our intention is to put Damien [Williams] and Kenyan [Drake] in on some of those third-downs (and) 2-minute situations, and that’s two-fold. Because they’re good players who can make some big plays and they’re natural receivers, and it gives us a chance to breathe Jay." Ajayi remains an easy weekly fantasy start. But this plan obviously hurts his fantasy upside going forward, particularly in PPR leagues.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday morning’s game against the Saints. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, though, and is fully expected to play. Ajayi’s floor is down a bit after his snaps were scaled back in that Week 3 dud vs. the Jets. But the ceiling remains high in this week's plus matchup.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. The knee was obviously an issue against the Jets last weekend. Not only did he muster just 16 yards on 11 carries, but he played only 52.4% of the offensive snaps. We'll see if Ajayi is able to get back on the field tomorrow.

11:09am EDT 9/24/17

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jets. He sat out on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. We’ve heard nothing to suggest that Ajayi will be limited today. He’s an elite RB1.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) and WR DeVante Parker (ankle) are expected to play against the Jets today. Both players are listed as questionable, but there was never much concern about either's Week 3 availability. Ajayi is an elite RB1 and Parker a borderline WR2 in this plus matchup.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He sat out on Wednesday and Thursday but was listed as a full participant on Friday. We’ve heard nothing to suggest that Ajayi is in any danger of missing Sunday’s game. Keep him glued into fantasy lineups.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We've heard no concern about his availability for this weekend's game against the Jets, but check back Friday afternoon for another update.

The NFL has moved the Bucs-Dolphins game originally scheduled for this Sunday to Week 11. Both teams were scheduled to have a bye that week but will now play 16 straight weeks from Week 2 to 17. We just removed all Bucs and Dolphins from the Week 1 Rankings. The winner here is RB Doug Martin, whose 3-game suspension will now cost him a game against the tough Giants run defense rather than the Dolphins.

The NFL has decided that the Buccaneers and Dolphins won't play on Sunday because of Hurricane Irma. It's not yet clear when that game will happen, but if you have key players involved in that matchup and a waiver run tonight in your fantasy football league, then make sure that you're covered for Week 1.

Sunday's opener between the Bucs and Dolphins is in limbo as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The league held a conference call this morning to discuss the situation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but no decision was made. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud hears that the Bucs are expecting the game to be moved to Week 11, when both teams currently have a bye week. The other option is to move the game elsewhere. We're expecting to have clarity on the situation within the next 24 hours.

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.

11:34am EST 1/1/17

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.

 
 
 

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