Though the Eagles had been frequently linked to RBs pre-draft, Jay Ajayi exits unscathed. Thus, his Volume as the early-down RB and likely short yardage ace is further cemented, and he continues climbing up the Big Board.
Ajayi’s already been a featured riser on the Stock Watch after LeGarrette Blount left for Detroit. The 2018 NFL Draft sees his fantasy football value ascend even further, with no competition added for his early-down, short yardage role. Ajayi’s path to 20+ touches in 2017’s highest scoring offense (29.0 PPG) just became all-but locked up, giving him a humongous ceiling that many sheep will be unwilling to acknowledge following his bust-filled disaster in 2017. Yes, Darren Sproles is now returning, but he’s not a realistic threat for short yardage work, and is more likely to eat into Corey Clement‘s volume. As a reminder, in a far more congested backfield, Ajayi averaged 75.3 total yards from scrimmage in his 10 games with the Eagles — a 1205 yard pace in a 16 game season, which would’ve ranked 15th among RBs last year. He’s set for heavy, valuable volume, behind the league’s best offensive line, amidst an incredibly explosive and creatively called attack that features the traps and misdirections which Ajayi thrives. Fantasy Wolves know when to forgive double down, and a discounted Ajayi screams insane, cheap upside.