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Jay Ajayi | Running Back | #23

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 5 (149) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Jay Ajayi rushed 26 times for 130 yards in the Dolphins' Week 6 upset of the Falcons.
Ajayi was targeted three times in the passing game, but committed two drops. That was his lone lowlight, as he otherwise put the Dolphins' offense on his back as Adam Gase's team sprung a stunning road upset. Ajayi was routinely pushing the pile at the second level. The impressive effort came on an afternoon where the Dolphins lost C Mike Pouncey (concussion) in the second quarter. Ajayi has now gone over 25 carries in 3-of-5 games. He gets the Jets at home in Week 7. Oct 15 - 4:04 PM

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Jay Ajayi rushed 25 times for 77 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for two yards in the Dolphins' Week 5 win over the Titans.

He also lost a fumble, and remains scoreless through four games. The Dolphins' offensive line simply gave Ajayi no room to run against Tennessee's tough-to-penetrate front, so Ajayi spent the vast majority of Sunday's game spinning his wheels and taking tackles for loss. Ajayi gets a better matchup in Week 6 against the Falcons, although game flow could pose a threat to his outlook if Miami falls behind early.
Oct 8 - 5:33 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) wasn't listed on the Dolphins' final injury report for Week 5 against the Titans.

Ajayi returned to a full practice Friday after sitting out Thursday's session. Miami's offense has been inexplicably stagnant this year, though the Dolphins are in a decent bounce-back spot against a Tennessee team that let up 57 points to Houston in Week 4. Ajayi is RotoPat's No. 9 running back for Week 5.
Oct 6 - 3:36 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice.

It's a different routine than Ajayi followed in London, but we haven't seen any concern over his Week 5 status. His offensive line is the bigger problem. Struggled though it has, the Dolphins' offense is in a get-right spot as it finally plays a home game against a limping Titans defense.
Oct 5 - 5:02 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for Week 5.

It confirms Ajayi is fully healthy despite Miami giving him rest days the last couple weeks. Ajayi has a get-right matchup with Tennessee in Week 5.
Oct 4 - 4:50 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught one pass for eight yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Saints in London.

Ajayi broke off an impressive 15-yard run on a play which looked to be dead in the backfield on the first drive, and he churned out good plays the rest of the day. The Dolphins only ended up running 47 plays all game, however, and were dominated in the time-of-possession battle, limiting the running back's touches. That could be a concern again next week against the Titans, but Ajayi is too good to sit.
Oct 1 - 1:26 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is active for Week 4 against the Saints.

There was never any real concern about his status, but the Dolphins plan to get Ajayi some rest by working in Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake on third downs. That is a small blow to Ajayi's fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues, but he is still a solid RB1 in a great matchup. Kenny Stills (hand) is also active.
Oct 1 - 8:14 AM

The Dolphins plan to limit Jay Ajayi on third downs.

"Jay is our horse, but third down is a good time to rest him because we have two guys that can really catch and make big plays," OC Clyde Christensen said. "It gives us a chance to breathe Jay." Ajayi lost pass-down work to Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake last week and it sounds like that will continue to be the trend. It's not much of a threat to his workload, but Miami is looking for ways to keep Ajayi healthy over the next 14 weeks. Coming off a down game, Ajayi should rebound in a narrative-street matchup with the Saints in London.
Sep 30 - 3:01 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is questionable for Week 4 against the Saints.

He's going to play after getting in two "full" practices Thursday and Friday. It's a homecoming game for Ajayi, who was born in London and has 30-40 family members and friends that will be in attendance. Ajayi had a brutal Week 3 at the Jets but is a locked-in RB1 and a great bet for a touchdown.
Sep 29 - 12:06 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) practiced in full Thursday.

The Dolphins have already said Ajayi is going to suit up against the Saints. He's a locked-in RB1.
Sep 28 - 7:38 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Jay Ajayi (knee) will play Week 4 against the Saints.

Ajayi did not practice Wednesday, but all reports have suggested he will be good to go on Sunday. Ajayi struggled in Week 3, but he will be a solid RB1 in a great matchup against the Saints.
Sep 28 - 1:00 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Joe Schad reports Jay Ajayi (knee) is expected to play Week 4 against the Saints.

Ajayi didn't practice Wednesday, though there's a chance it could have been more of a rest day. There's no way Ajayi is going to miss this game in London after he was born and raised there for the first seven years of his life.
Sep 27 - 2:24 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is not practicing Wednesday.

Ajayi had the knee issue last week as well before suiting up against the Jets. Unfortunately, he was brutal in that matchup, managing just 25 total yards on 13 touches. We ultimately expect Ajayi to play this week in a homecoming game in London against the Saints. It's a #NarrativeStreet game. Daily Slant: Ajayi will be a strong option in all formats of DFS this weekend. New Orleans ranks 27th in rush DVOA and 29th in adjusted line yards per carry (4.6), per FO. Ajayi isn't used as a pass-catcher very often (2.3 targets per game since 2016) but this could be a ceiling-type week for him in terms of receiving production; the Saints are giving up a league-high 96.7 receiving yards and the third-most passes (9.5) to RBs this season. The matchup has the highest total on the Sunday slate (49 points) and is expected to remain competitive with a 2.5-point spread. Ajayi checks in as our RB8 this week.
Sep 27 - 1:27 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 11 times for 16 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for nine receiving yards against the Jets in Week 3.

Yikes. Ajayi did suffer an injury in the first half, but it looked like it was just a hit below the belt and that's likely not the reason he struggled so much today. This game got away from the Dolphins, so the game script explains why Ajayi only saw 13 touches following his eye-popping 30 touches in Week 2. He gets a dream matchup against the Saints next week and will be in the mix to be the top fantasy back.
Sep 24 - 4:19 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is active against the Jets for Week 3.

He did miss two practices this week due to knee soreness, and he has been on the injury report for a back injury as well. Ajayi accounted for a Week 2-high of 44.2 percent of the Dolphins' carries and targets, and coach Adam Gase said he doesn't plan on scaling back Ajayi's workload. Expect him to post big numbers against a subpar defense.
Sep 24 - 11:35 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Jay Cutler
2Matt Moore
RB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
3Kenyan Drake
4Senorise Perry
GLB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
3RB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Leonte Carroo
3Jakeem Grant
WR21DeVante Parker
2Kenny Stills
3Rashawn Scott
WR31Kenny Stills
TE1Julius Thomas
2Anthony Fasano
3MarQueis Gray
LT1Laremy Tunsil
2Eric Smith
LG1Jesse Davis
2Isaac Asiata
3Ted Larsen
C1Mike Pouncey
2Jake Brendel
RG1Jermon Bushrod
2Anthony Steen
RT1Ja'Wuan James
2Sam Young
K1Cody Parkey