Fan­tasy: Re­place Big Ben, grab Ajayi

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Adam Ro­nis Fan­tasy Sports Net­work

It’s not of­ten a run­ning back com­ing off a 204-yard rush­ing day is on the fan­tasy foot­ball waiver wire. Buy Jay Ajayi of the Dol­phins is still avail­able in many leagues af­ter sur­pris­ing with a big day against the Steel­ers. Ben Roeth­lis­berger was the big­gest in­jury of the week, but there are enough quar­ter­back op­tions in most leagues to fill in.

Here are the play­ers to con­sider adding off the waiver wire:

MAR­CUS MARIOTA (QB, TI­TANS)

Mariota has thrown three touch­downs in two con­sec­u­tive games, in­clud­ing 284 pass­ing yards against the Browns in Week 6. Mariota is run­ning more with seven car­ries for 60 yards with a touchdown in Week 5 and he rushed for 64 yards on seven car­ries Sun­day. Mariota will face the Colts, Jaguars and Chargers the next three weeks.

BRIAN HOYER (QB, BEARS)

Hoyer has topped 300-yards pass­ing in four straight games and will face the Pack­ers Thurs­day night. The Pack­ers could be miss­ing three de­fen­sive backs.

JAY AJAYI (RB, DOL­PHINS)

Arian Foster ap­peared to be the main back to be­gin the sea­son and not sur­pris­ingly he got in­jured in Week 2. Then the Dol­phins ro­tated four run­ning backs. Ajayi has been the best one and ex­ploded for 204 rush­ing yards on 25 car­ries and two touch­downs against the Steel­ers Sun­day when the Dol­phins had a healthy of­fen­sive line. It’s still dif­fi­cult to fully trust Ajayi since Foster will still be in the mix, but he’s worth an add to see if the Dol­phins fi­nally com­mit to Ajayi.

CHRIS IVORY (RB, JAGUARS)

T.J. Yel­don was sup­posed to be the fea­ture back in the of­fense this week and Ivory had 13 touches com­pared to seven for Yel­don. Ivory had 11 car­ries for 32 yards and scored a touchdown and caught two passes for three yards, while Yel­don had six car­ries for 21 yards with a five-yard catch. This is not a great back­field and they could play the hot hand, but Ivory was brought in to help near the goal line and he was deal­ing with an ill­ness the first few weeks. Ivory is worth an add to stash run­ning back depth. Yel­don played 37 snaps to 24 for Ivory.

JACQUIZZ RODGERS (RB, BUC­CA­NEERS)

Rodgers is com­ing off a bye and will play a sec­ondary role to Doug Martin, who is slated to re­turn from a ham­string in­jury in Week 7. Rodgers had 35 touches for 129 yards in Week 5. Rodgers will see some tar­gets in the pass­ing game and get a few car­ries, mak­ing him more valu­able in point-per-re­cep­tion for­mats.

MIKE GILLISLEE (RB, BILLS)

Gillislee is the backup to LeSean McCoy and a good hand­cuff or add in deeper for­mats as a stash. He had six car­ries for 60 yards with a touchdown on Sun­day.

DWAYNE WASH­ING­TON (RB, LIONS)

The Lions run­ning game has been bad all year. Wash­ing­ton has a chance to seize a roll in which he can get 8-12 touches per game since no one has stepped up while he has missed two weeks with an in­jury.

WIL­FREDO LEE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mi­ami Dol­phins run­ning back Jay Ajayi (23) avoids a tackle by Pittsburgh Steel­ers cor­ner­back Ross Cock­rell (31), dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day in Mi­ami Gar­dens, Fla.

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