Jay Ajayi Fantasy Football News 2018

One of the biggest Eagles questions facing fantasy owners is just how much work we can expect RB Jay Ajayi to get. Well, he spoke to that a bit this week. “I’m excited,” Ajayi said Tuesday, per USA Today's Eagles Wire. “Obviously things have gotten a little bit shaken up in our room, and I’m excited to get into that lead role, do what’s needed of me and just go ball." Ajayi averaged just 11.2 carries per game over 10 contests (playoffs included) after joining the Eagles last year. But that climbed to 13.8 over the final 6 games, including 4 weeks of 14+ rushes. Philly coaches haven't specifically addressed backfield roles yet, and the backfield remains crowded. Corey Clement should continue to see a significant role. And Darren Sproles -- who opened last year as the team leader in RB snaps before a Week 3 injury -- returns. Matt Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood and undrafted free agent Josh Adams are also fighting for roles. The "lead role" Ajayi refers to doesn't necessarily mean workhorse-level touches, and we're not projecting that for him. But a lead job in what should again rank among the league's top offenses will undoubtedly carry fantasy upside. Ajayi could particularly bring a high TD ceiling, given his size vs. the remaining backfield competition. He's a decent value at current ADP, and we'll continue to monitor the Eagles backfield as we move into summer.

NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt believes RB Corey Clement could push his way into the "1b" role alongside Jay Ajayi in the Eagles' backfield. "He might push his way up into co-starter territory with Ajayi and it wouldn't be surprising if, on some weeks, Clement leads the team in snaps," Rosenblatt writes. "With Aijayi set to be a free agent in 2019, Clement is the future of Eagles' backfield." As an undrafted rookie last year, Clement averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 74 attempts and posted a 10-123-2 receiving line during the regular season. He caught another 10 balls in 3 playoffs games, including a big 4-100-1 line in the Super Bowl. The Eagles' backfield is certainly looking like a committee attack, especially after they re-signed Darren Sproles over the weekend. Clement as the 52nd RB off the board looks like the better early value pick vs. Ajayi as the 22nd RB.

Undrafted free agent RB Josh Adams signed with the Eagles. After sharing the backfield during his first 2 seasons at Notre Dame, Adams broke out as the Irish’s lead back this past year. He carried 206 times for 1,430 yards (6.9 YPC) and 9 scores. Adams averaged a whopping 5.2 yards after contact per attempt — easily the best among draft-eligible backs — and earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best Elusive Rating. The 6’2, 213-pounder showed well in the pre-draft process, earning a 64th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t love the tape, though. Adams is a straight-line, somewhat stiff runner who needs a wide alley to really get going. He also comes with a worrisome injury history that includes a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in high school and nagging knee and ankle trouble throughout his time at Notre Dame. There’s some committee-back potential here, although going undrafted certainly puts a damper on his fantasy football outlook. Adams is a long shot for 2018 fantasy value in a crowded Eagles backfield. But note that RB Jay Ajayi is set to hit free agency next offseason.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is a healthy scratch for today's meaningless finale against the Cowboys. That leaves Philly's backfield to LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood. How touches will be divvied between those 4 is completely uncertain.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is ready for a bigger role coming out of the bye week, OC Frank Reich said. "He's able to handle everything that we give him at this point," Reich said. "When I look at our game plan for this week, I look at it and there's probably not a play on there that I wouldn't feel comfortable putting his number on." Ajayi played just 17 snaps in his Eagles debut -- 9 fewer than Corey Clement and 1 more than LeGarrette Blount. While those guys could both remain involved going forward, Ajayi is a good bet to lead this backfield in snaps and touches. He's a RB2 with upside for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

11:11am EST 11/5/17

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is active for today’s game against the Broncos. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport passed along this morning that Ajayi will have “a small package of plays” after joining the team on Tuesday. He’s a desperation fantasy play vs. Denver’s top-ranked RB defense.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi will be active for today's game against the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but will have a "small package of plays." No surprise there considering Ajayi has been with the team for less than a week. He's a desperation Week 9 fantasy play. Ajayi gets a Week 10 bye and should be ready for a full workload in Week 11.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that he still hasn't decided if RB Jay Ajayi will play against the Broncos this weekend. He added that Ajayi will play a limited role if he does suit up. It's not a major surprise considering he's been with the team for less than a week. Throw in a matchup against Denver's top-ranked RB defense, and Ajayi shouldn't be in Week 9 fantasy lineups.

The Dolphins have traded RB Jay Ajayi to the Eagles in exchange for a 4th-round pick. This Miami coaching staff has been lukewarm on Ajayi dating back to the beginning of last season, when he was a healthy scratch for the opener. More recently, HC Adam Gase called him out after Thursday night's loss to the Ravens. The move to Philadelphia should boost Ajayi's fantasy value -- at least once he gets settled into the offense. He goes from a Fins offense ranked 32nd in points to an Eagles unit sitting 4th. Philly also sports a significantly better offensive line. Ajayi has a shot to return RB1 value the rest of the way, although there's some risk to a guy who needs to learn a new system on the fly. Miami, meanwhile, is left with RBs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. Neither seems suited to a featured role. Expect something close to a 50/50 split, making both guys RB3s in fantasy football.

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.

 
 
 

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