By Harry Allison
If you’re still on the fence about your fantasy running back in week 11, how about the Eagles’ Jay Ajayi.
Ajayi is the three-down back the Eagles never knew they needed, that is, until they became the best team in the NFL. The team liked him so much, that they were confident giving him the ball eight times in a big win over the Broncos just days after he joined the team. And what did Ajayi do with that opportunity? He averaged 9.6 yards per carry which included an explosive 46-yard touchdown rumble in his Eagles debut.
He’s now had a full bye week off to study Philly’s offense, and every report coming from the Eagles coaching staff and team beat writers points to Ajayi having an increased role starting in Week 11.
Coach Doug Pederson praised Ajayi’s football smarts this week, as well as his understanding of the game and his ability to quickly pick up the offense. It’s a stark contrast to what Dolphins coach Adam Gase was saying about Ajayi just a few weeks ago. Clearly, the fourth-year back is a major part of the Eagles’ offensive plan going forward, and Week 11 presents an ideal situation for him to thrive.
The Dallas defense can be attacked via the ground game and will be without linebacker Sean Lee leaving even more opportunity for Ajayi to thrive. Philly is already averaging 136.8 rush yards per game, fourth-best in the league, and runs the ball 31.6 times per game, second most. They’re the only team with over 30 rush attempts per game but fewer than eight rushing touchdowns, and Ajayi is going to change that.
Beyond Week 11, the Eagles have three favorable running back matchups in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 (aka the fantasy playoffs) against the Rams, Giants and Raiders. Trade for him now, before he goes off in Week 11, or you’ll miss your chance to acquire an RB1 for a championship run.