College: Alabama | 4 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 211 lbs
Birth Date: 1/26/1994
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 5
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
Drake lost out on a lot of carries to veteran Frank Gore, but still had a productive season with the Dolphins. He was 14th overall in fantasy running back scoring, topping 1,000 total yards for the first time in his career. He had 1,012 total yards and 53 receptions. Drake also had a career-high nine touchdowns. Drake had double-digit carries just five time but three or more receptions 10 of 16 games. A new coaching staff could be a positive for Drake, giving him more early-down work as the lead back for the Dolphins. Drake lacks some size but has great moves in space and can get to the next level in a hurry. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield and can do a lot of damage in the passing game. He probably lacks the ideal size to be an every-down back, but has shown well with past chances as the lead back. Drake averages an impressive 4.7 yards per carry for his career.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Drake has a really high ceiling if he is getting the work. Most considered last year a bust for him but he was still a top-15 fantasy back. He could improve his yardage totals a little from last year, which would help his fantasy production. Consider him a low-end No. 2 back. He can get around 1,300 total yards, eight or nine touchdowns with 50 receptions.
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake was one of many players victimized by bad coaching last season. Despite averaging 4.5 yards per carry, which actually lowered his career average to 4.7, Drake only saw as much as double-digit carries on five occasions. Coach Adam Gase opted to make veteran Frank Gore the primary back, limiting Drake to a part-time role. Drake was able to make gains as a pass-catcher with 53 receptions and he reached the end zone nine times. Still, it was a year of frustration for him and those who spent a fourth-round pick on a presumed RB2.Turn the page to 2019 and Drake is in a unique position. The team no longer has Gore or Gase but does have second-year man Kalen Ballage in tow - a player who was barely used in his rookie year. If Drake can hold off Ballage, along with AAF star Kenneth Farrow, Bengals castoff Mark Walton, and incoming rookie Myles Gaskin, he could see upwards of 15 touches per game. That doesn't make him more than an RB2 still but he should deliver much greater value given his depressed ADP of 65, compared to 40 last year. Drake makes an ideal ZeroRB target and is a risk worth taking once the top 25 RBs are off the board.
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While there are reports spreading that the Miami Dolphins have had trade talks with other teams surrounding running back Kenyan Drake this week, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is reporting that the team has had zero conversations with other teams about trading him, according to a club source. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Dolphins traded Drake, as they've already sent several others packing this year and are expected to trade former first-rounder Minkah Fitzpatrick soon. On the worst team in football, Drake has become nothing more than an unappealing RB3/flex, although a trade out of Miami could make him more attractive to fantasy owners. If he were to be dealt, Kalen Ballage would be the leader of this backfield.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has been the subject of trade talks with other teams this week.
Fantasy Spin: Drake was held to only 12 yards last week and will continue to split time with Kalen Ballage as long as he remains with the Dolphins. He probably is only a flex option at this point, but his fantasy value could increase if he is traded.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake saw a few of his teammates receive new contracts, but the impending free agent running back has not received an offer from the team. He is not bothered by the fact. 'The things I do right now are going to put me in the best position to get the things I want at the end of the day,' Drake said Wednesday, Sept. 11. While he has not asked for a trade, the team could consider dealing him before the league trade deadline.
Fantasy Spin: Drake is the No. 1 back in Miami, but he's on a bad football team which could find themselves behind early and often, forcing the team to scrap the ground-based attack more in favor of the passing game. That's bad news for fantasy owners, and for a guy looking to roll up stats for a big payday in the offseason. Treat him as more of a RB3 or flex fantasy option since he is the lead back.
Much like the rest of the offense, Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake didn't do much to help his fantasy owners in a Week 1 loss to the Ravens 59-10. Drake may be the starter in Miami but he only carried the ball four times compared to the five carries of backup Kalen Ballage even after coach Brian Flores claimed that Drake would get "a lot of touches" in Week 1. It was encouraging to see Drake used in the passing game, catching two of his three targets for 15 yards, but the owners that took him around his 76 ADP in NFBC have to be worried about just what kind of production will be possible in a bad Miami offense.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is expected to be involved heavily in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. 'I think he's both physically and mentally ready,' head coach Brian Flores said Wednesday, Sept. 4. 'This is a guy who has as much talent as we have on our team. He's fast. He's physical. He's explosive. He makes a ton of plays, and we're looking forward to getting him a lot of touches this week.'
Fantasy Spin: That's music to the ear of fantasy owners, as Drake sounds like he'll be the workhorse, with Kalen Ballage spelling him occasionally. Treat Drake as a solid RB3 or flex fantasy option, as long as he gets off to a quick start and doesn't let Ballage carve into his workload.
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (foot) is expected to play in Week 1 against the Ravens and get plenty of touches. "We're looking forward to giving him a lot of touches this week," head coach Brian Flores said on Wednesday. Drake will open the season well ahead of Kalen Ballage for the lead-back role, and the Dolphins would be smart to keep it that way all year as long as Drake is healthy. Even with an expected heavy workload this Sunday, though, Drake is more of an RB3/flex while going up against a defense that was extremely stingy against the run in 2018.
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake is listed as the team's No. 1 running back on their official depth chart ahead of Kalen Ballage. Drake finished the 2018 season with 120 carries for 535 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a career-high 53 receptions for 477 yards and five additional scores. Drake isn't all that enticing from a fantasy perspective because of the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting under center to begin the season and Miami lacks a true standout receiver. But Drake does have big-play ability every time he touches the football and is more attractive in PPR leagues. Consider him an RB3/flex for Week 1 at home against a tough Ravens Defense.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake could be used as trade bait as the Dolphins pursue Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney.
Fantasy Spin: It's food for thought as the Texans lost RB Lamar Miller (knee) for the season, but they already acquired a receiving back in Duke Johnson. Drake hasn't shown that he can be the bellcow, and it's a questionable fit with Johnson. If Drake remains with Miami, he's an RB3 with Kalen Ballage slightly under him as an RB4.
The Miami Dolphins might consider shipping running back Kenyan Drake and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Texans for pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney. It's just speculation right now, but Houston is in need of running back healthy after losing Lamar Miller (knee) for the year, and wide receiver Keke Coutee (ankle) might not be ready for the start of the season. At running back in Miami, Patrick Laird, Mark Walton and fullback Chandler Cox are clear favorites to join Drake and Kalen Ballage on the 53-man roster. Myles Gaskin could head to the practice squad, while Kenneth Farrow is likely to be cut. If Drake is dealt to Houston, Ballage would become a lot more interesting in fantasy.
Miami Dolphins running backKenyan Drake (foot) returned to practice Monday. He looked sharp in his cuts during drills. Drake left the door open for Kalen Ballage to usurp him as the lead back, but Ballage didn't do enough with the opportunity. Ballage rushed 12 times for 17 yards in the third preseason game. Drake is more of a receiving threat than Ballage, which gives him a leg up. However, Ballage should be a factor on early downs. Expect Drake to have a slightly larger share of the work. Drake serves as a high-end RB3 in point-per-reception leagues, and Ballage is an RB4.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 26.
Fantasy Spin: Drake's stock rises while Kalen Ballage's descends, but Ballage might still wind up being the one to own for the long haul. Drake is an RB3, and Ballage is teetering on the RB3/RB4 boundary.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 25.
Fantasy Spin: The Dolphins are optimistic about Drake's status for Week 1, so fantasy players should monitor his status over the next few weeks. He likely will share playing time with Kalen Ballage this season and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back depending on his role.
Presumptive first-string running back Kenyan Drake will not play in the Dolphin's third preseason game on Thursday night against the Jaguars but there was still positive news as Drake was out of the walking boot that he has been sporting for nearly two weeks. While Drake was jogging in drills, there is still no timetable on his return, making backup Kalen Ballage a must-own back.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) has reportedly ditched his walking boot and was spotted jogging Thursday, Aug. 22.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 19.
Fantasy Spin: Drake figures to see the lion's share of work in the backfield, but Kalen Ballage is coming on strong. Drake is an RB3, and Ballage is an RB4, but they could switch places at any point.
Dealing with a foot injury suffered in practice last week, Kenyan Drake missed the Dolphin's second preseason game as expected and will likely miss the rest of the preseason as well. While Drake is expected to be ready for the start of the season, no exact timetable is set for his return. Drake is currently being drafted in the sixth round with a 72 ADP in NFBC and his owners can only wait to see how this injury shakes out, and hope that they had enough foresight to draft his backup Kalen Ballage.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) will miss some time because of a foot injury, but head coach Brian Flores said the team hopes Drake will be ready for Week 1.
Fantasy Spin: Drake has been competing for the starting running back job but should receive a solid amount of targets even if he is not the starter. He can be considered a No. 3 running back in some leagues depending on his role.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (leg) was wearing a walking boot Wednesday, Aug. 14, after leaving practice the previous day.
Fantasy Spin: There are no specifics, but Kalen Ballage has already been rising up draft boards. It might be tough to land him as an RB4 now. Drake could still wind up ahead of Ballage to start the season, but keep tabs on the severity of his ailment.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (lower body) limped off the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 13, due to an apparent lower-body injury. Head coach Brian Flores didn't offer specifics after practice but said 'hopefully he's back out there tomorrow.'
Fantasy Spin: Drake will likely split work with Kalen Ballage when both are healthy this season. Any amount of missed time for either could open the door for the other, capping their draft stock as RB3s in standard leagues.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed four times for 12 yards in a 34-27 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 8.
Fantasy Spin: Kalen Ballage rushed six times and found the end zone in the same game, and a committee seems inevitable at this point. Drake's ability to catch the ball should keep him locked into a third-down role, but he is looking more like a PPR flex option than a RB2 candidate.