Jay Ajayi is entering 2017 as a full-time starter for the first time in his NFL career. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase recently said Ajayi could get as many as 350 rushing attempts if the running back stays healthy and plays all 16 games, which is 90 more attempts than last season.
"I'm ready for it," Ajayi said Tuesday during the opening of Miami's organized team activities. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that."
Since 2010, 20 running backs have surpassed the 300-carry mark, and they all played at least 15 games, so staying healthy will be key for Ajayi. Those 20 backs averaged 284.3 fantasy points (PPR), or 17.8 FP per game. That's about what Devonta Freeman scored and averaged as last year's #6 fantasy back. From Week 5 on, Ajayi averaged 16.1 FP and 20.2 carries per game. That puts him at a 258-point, 323-carry pace over a full, 16-game season.