Fantasy Stock Watch: Arian Foster signs with Dolphins, Jay Ajayi’s value takes major hit

On the eve of training camps, the fantasy football running back landscape experienced a major shake up as Arian Foster has officially found a home with the Miami Dolphins:

Chris’ take: After Jay Ajayi’s tires were pumped throughout the offseason by coach Adam Gase, it looks like they were deflated on Monday afternoon. Although Arian Foster will be a 30 year old coming off of a torn Achilles, he is the type of back who can play on all three downs and steal just enough carries to make Ajayi an afterthought. With Ajayi, Foster and rookie Kenyan Drake all in the fold, it looks like the Miami Dolphins backfield will only cause problems for fantasy owners. Stay away from this bunch.

Wolf responds: This is bound to drop Ajayi’s price tag, and rightfully so; only a week ago, I was pumping him as a Top 20, intriguing No. 2 RB, and now he cannot be considered an immediate fantasy starter by any means. Chris is spot on that Foster has three-down ability, and this could be a massive headache as a three back nightmare.

Yet, depending on how far the price goes down, I’d still buy some stock in Ajayi and this backfield in general. The offense has explosive potential, the line is strong, and Gase has reiterated a desire to use backs in featured roles. My guess is the two will alternate series, making this a barren situation early on. Yet, don’t forget Foster might be the most injury prone back in the league, and he wasn’t all too special last year with a 2.6 YPC.  There’s a solid chance Ajayi is back in the featured role we were all envisioning before too long, he might just need to ride the fantasy bench pine for a bit to realize this potential. Obviously, Ajayi’s price needs to and will come down; let’s see exactly where the market is leaving him before we completely cross him off our lists.


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