Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi racked up 214 rushing yards on 28 carries Sunday against Buffalo to walk his way into some elite NFL company.
He became just the fourth player in the history of the league to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games. The others? O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams. Not bad company for the former Boise State star who’s in his second season after being a fifth-round draft pick last year.
His cards are relatively available with more than 1,500 different cards made since last year and more than 750 of those being certified autographs. He has 40 Rookie Cards in a number of brands from Panini America and Topps last year.
Keep reading for more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.
— Jeremy Hill This Cincinnati Bengals RB and former LSU Tiger put up a decent game with 168 rushing yards and a touchdown (74 of those yards) — but on just nine carries — in a 31-17 win over the Browns. Only Ajayi ran for more and on far more carries this week. It was Hill’s first 100-yard game of the year. His cards’ values will not be as expensive as in the past so all it might take for renewed interest in his 2014 Rookie Cards would be a few more big games.
— LeGarrette Blount The New England Patriots RB was dominating at times on Sunday and he finished the day with 127 yards and two touchdowns. That’s his best game of the season and he’s a guy who has eight touchdowns and 566 yards on the year. His Rookie Cards from way back in 2010 might not be as easily found compared to others here because he doesn’t have nearly as many. He appears on fewer than 800 different cards and has fewer than 100 certified autograph cards. Those stats along with the fact that he’s with a winning franchise could translate into some good values with late-season successes.
— Julio Jones Another week, another big game for the Atlanta Falcons WR. This time, he caught nine passes for 174 yards but was held scoreless in an overtime loss to the Chargers. Just think what this guy could do for a big-market winner? He’s signed through 2020 so that notion isn’t one that we can think about for his cardboard all that easily. For the year, he’s one big game away from 1,000 yards already.
— Melvin Gordon This San Diego Chargers RB scored three touchdowns on Sunday, which is three more than he had all of last season as a rookie. Gordon rushed for just 68 yards but scored twice and added six catches for 53 yards and another score in his team’s win. His cardboard should be gaining steam from where it stood this time last year.
— Andrew Luck The Colts’ QB was one of four guys to throw three TDs this week and his 353 yards were topped by only Drew Brees. The others? Aaron Rodgers and Jameis Winston. All four of these arms are big ones in the hobby but Buzz would argue that Luck has the most to lose without big, impressive wins when it comes to hobby values.
— Need even more Buzz? Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Landry Jones, Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber, Le’Veon Bell, Davonte Adams, Randall Cobb, Michael Thomas, A.J. Green, Tyrell Williams, T.Y. Hilton, Jamison Crowder, Mike Evans (Monday night game not included.)
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