Jay Ajayi had one of the more remarkable seasons of any running back in 2016. He started the season on the inactive list in Week 1 because he was unhappy with his role as the backup to Arian Foster, but he finished as the No. 11 Fantasy running back in standard leagues with 260 carries for 1,272 yards (4.89 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns and 27 catches for 151 yards. Ajayi thrived when the Dolphins offensive line was intact, including a three-game stretch starting in Week 6 against Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Jets when he had at least 18 Fantasy points in a standard league and two games with at least 200 rushing yards. He added a third game with 200 rushing yards in Week 16 at Buffalo, and the bulk of his production came in those four dominant outings. But he also had at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in 11 games, which showed he didn't hurt you most weeks. Miami brings back four starting offensive linemen from last season, which should help Ajayi. Hurting Ajayi is a concussion suffered in the early days of training camp, but it's not something that should sway you from taking him. Given his potential, Ajayi is worth drafting as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy running back in all leagues in Round 2.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he's still deciding whether Ajayi will play in Thursday's exhibition against Baltimore, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. It won't be surprising if Ajayi is held out, as he suffered a concussion July 31 and didn't return to practice until Sunday. He did pass through the final stage of the NFL's concussion protocol either Monday or Tuesday, gaining clearance from an independent neurologist to take part in all activities. With Kenyan Drake now nursing his own concussion, Damien Williams could get significant run throughout the first half of Thursday's game.
Ajayi (head) is no longer in the NFL's concussion protocol, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Ajayi suffered the concussion July 31 and returned to practice Sunday. He should now be cleared for full-contact work, which gives him a shot to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens. The Dolphins might still opt to hold him out, as the team would have two more opportunities to give its star runner a tune-up before Week 1. Meanwhile, backup running back Kenyan Drake entered the league's protocol after suffering a concussion at Monday's practice.
The Dolphins clarified that Ajayi actually is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Dolphins coach Adam Gase initially said Ajayi left Sunday's practice to hydrate and isn't in the concussion protocol anymore, but the second part apparently wasn't accurate. The situation will still require careful monitoring throughout the week, particularly considering that the symptoms of dehydration could easily be mistaken with concussion symptoms. On a more optimistic note, Ajayi took part in team drills prior to his early exit from Sunday's session.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Ajayi (concussion) left Sunday's practice to hydrate, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. There was some initial concern when Ajayi left the practice field before his teammates, but he apparently was just a bit dehydrated on a hot day in South Florida. He participated in team drills prior to his exit, and Gase said his star running back has been removed from the concussion protocol. Ajayi's practice status Monday will still be of interest.
Ajayi (concussion) isn't expected to play in the Dolphins' preseason opener Thursday against the Falcons, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Ajayi is bouncing back from concussion symptoms, so him sitting out Thursday would be no surprise. Look for Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake to work with the starters in Ajayi's absence.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|2||09/17||@Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|3||09/24||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
|4||10/01||New Orleans Saints||31||21.63|
|7||10/22||New York Jets||15||17.00|
|12||11/26||@New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|16||12/24||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|3 Year Avg||154||730||4||17||120||0||109|