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The Dolphins have traded star running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles for a fourth-round pick. This opens up a new starting running back opportunity, and fantasy owners are scrambling to know what Dolphins running back to pick up given the scarcity at the position.
While it will likely take a game or two to fully play out, Kenyan Drake is the favorite to win the job. Damien Williams is expected to be in the mix as well, but the Dolphins did not use a relatively high draft pick on Drake not to give him every opportunity to win the job.
It is important to note that Damien Williams was listed second behind Ajayi on the Dolphins current depth chart. Kenyan Drake is listed third with Senorise Perry in fourth. Williams above Drake likely has a lot do with the role Williams played as a backup, but I do not expect that to limit Drake’s opportunity.
While nothing is guaranteed until we see how the Dolphins divide the carries, I’d make Drake a priority in my waiver claims. Keep in mind Ajayi struggled behind a suspect Dolphins offensive line. Drake could have more of an opportunity to thrive given his elite-level speed.