Jay Ajayi was a polished college running back for Boise State, and was drafted in the 5th round by the Miami Dolphins, and was one of my favorite running backs entering the 2015 NFL Draft. His rookie season Ajayi was seldom used, and the Dolphins offensive line did a poor job at forming holes for Ajayi to run through.
Jay Ajayi is making the headlines after rushing for over 200 yards in two straight games. The only other players to ever conquer the feat are OJ Simpson, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams. Ajayi’s rise has been a surprise to many, as the Dolphins had signed Arian Foster to be the starting running back this offseason. However, Ajayi outplayed Foster early in the season, and took over the starting job in week 9 against the Tennessee Titans.
When Ajayi took over the starting running back job, the Dolphins were in turmoil as their record was 1-3, and the fans wanted changes to be made. Against the Titans stout run defense, Ajayi played with rust, as he ran for 42 yards on 13 carries, averaging only 3.2 yards per carry, but he scored a touchdown, and he ended up with over 10 fantasy points.
The next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ajayi was on fire, as he ran for 204 yards on 25 carries, and he ran for 2 touchdowns, averaging 8.16 yards per carry. He led the Fins to a major upset win against the Steel Curtain, and his explosiveness and vision through the holes. Ajayi was picked up quickly off the waiver wire in some leagues, but in others, he kept on swimming freely in the waiver wire. This week against the Buffalo Bills, Ajayi was just as good as he ran for 214 yards on 28 carries, and he ran for another touchdown. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry. The Fins won both games improved their record to 3-4.
Jay Ajayi is an exciting player that boasts explosiveness, vision, and he’s an end zone magnet. Ajayi should be owned in every league and those who own him should have high expectations. Ajayi has no competition that limit his workload as his backups are Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake. I expect Ajayi to average at least 13 fantasy points per game for the rest of the season, and if you’re lucky enough to pick him up off the waiver wire, you’ll break into your happy dance.