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RB ARI

College: Alabama | 4 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 211 lbs
Birth Date: 1/26/1994
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2019 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB

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2019 RTSports Outlook

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.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Player Notes
Nov 15 3:30pm ET

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury isn't naming a starting running back for Week 11 against the 49ers, and he said it'll be "by committee" between running backs Kenyan Drake and David Johnson. The vagueness and uncertainty of the situation isn't doing fantasy owners any favors, and the Niners defense presents an incredibly tough matchup. Drake actually performed well against San Fran two weeks ago, but DJ also wasn't active. Based on how Johnson looked last week, we'd expect Drake to see more of the chances, but this is a situation to avoid if you can this weekend. Drake is more of an RB2/3, while Johnson will be a risky RB3/flex.

From RotoBaller

Nov 15 3:23pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RBs Kenyan Drake and David Johnson will be used in a committee in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who noted to reporters Friday, Nov. 15, that being named a starter at running back in his offense doesn't matter because of sub-packages.

Fantasy Spin: The Cardinals have seemingly been playing games with fantasy owners at running back ever since David Johnson first hurt his ankle last month. Just about anyone who watched Johnson run in Week 10 could see he is nowhere close to 100 percent, so fantasy owners should be able to plug Drake into their lineups and feel relatively good about his ability to deliver RB2 production.

From TheHuddle

Nov 15 3:20pm ET

It looks as though Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake has jumped David Johnson on the depth chart. Drake was running receiving drills with first-team wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella at practice. We'll have no idea if this is actually true until game day on Sunday against the 49ers, but Drake has looked better in his two games with the Cardinals and Johnson just can't seem to power through his injuries. The Cardinals have a game plan in mind involving both Drake and Johnson in their backfield this Sunday, but the mystery surrounding the two isn't making it easy on fantasy owners. Based on how DJ looked last week, it's hard to trust him in fantasy lineups as anything more than an RB3/flex, and the matchup this weekend is as tough as it gets.

From RotoBaller

Nov 11 10:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was benched by head coach Kliff Kingsbury in the Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in favor of RB Kenyan Drake. Johnson lost a fumble in the third quarter and Kingsbury like what he saw from Drake. 'We just felt like with Drake, needed to get something going and kept him rolling,' Kingsbury said Monday, Nov. 11. 'The last couple weeks, practices, games (he) has brought a little pop to the run game, the pass game, and we felt like he was the guy to try and close the game out with.'

Fantasy Spin: Kingsbury added that the decision was his and had nothing to do with Johnson's recent rash of injuries. He said he'll figure out the best role for both Johnson and Drake over the next few weeks. It's bad news for Johnson's fantasy owners, as he already has struggled to live up to his early-round draft status.

From TheHuddle

Nov 10 7:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake rushed 10 times for 35 yards in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he added six receptions for just six yards on seven targets.

Fantasy Spin: David Johnson wasn't on the injury report with his ankle injury, but he clearly wasn't 100 percent with just five carries for two yards and one grab for eight yards. As long as Johnson isn't 100 percent it appears Drake is going to get some decent run. He is worth using as a RB3 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams, particularly PPR formats.

From TheHuddle

Nov 8 7:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake is in a peculiar situation in Week 10. All-Pro running back David Johnson (ankle) is back, and the team has been coy in discussing their plans for the backfield. The matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers isn't a great one, either, but Drake could be leaned upon heavily in the passing game. The Cardinals have gotten very little from their wideouts this season, and you could see Drake lined up wide with Johnson in the backfield. If you're in a point-per-reception league, you should lean toward using Drake as a flex. The team said they didn't want to give Johnson 40 touches, and they gave Drake a lot more work than expected last week.

From RotoBaller

Nov 5 8:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake played 84% of his team's offensive snaps in the Week 9 game against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Oct. 31.

Fantasy Spin: It was an excellent debut for the former member of the Miami Dolphins, but his role is guaranteed to shrink as soon as one of David Johnson or Chase Edmonds is able to return from injury. The Cardinals visit the top rush defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, limiting Drake's appeal even if he retains his significant role for one more game.

From TheHuddle

Nov 1 7:00am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake busted out for 110 rushing yards, 52 receiving yards and a touchdown against a stifling San Francisco 49ers Defense Thursday night. He had 15 rushes and four catches in what was supposed to be a "manageable" workload for a player they just acquired this week. Drake set the tone with a 36-yard run to open the game and later scored on the drive. The 49ers settled in and kept Drake under control the rest of the game. The Cards have about 10 days before they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Running back David Johnson (ankle) should be healthy and be someone for Drake to share the work with. Both backs would be in the RB2 range for the game.

From RotoBaller

Nov 1 12:33am ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake ran 15 times for 110 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, Oct. 31. Drake also caught four passes for 52 yards.

Fantasy Spin: Talk about making a positive first impression. With David Johnson and Chase Edmonds both inactive, Drake stepped in and racked up 162 total yards and a score after being acquired earlier this week. Despite that, it's anyone's guess what the backfield will look like in Week 10 against the Bucs based on whether or not Johnson and/or Edmonds are able to return. Keep an eye out for injury updates.

From TheHuddle

Oct 31 5:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake 'will get major run' Thursday, Oct. 31, against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Fantasy Spin: Drake had a single-game high of 44 rushing yards this season with the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers defense should stifle expectations for him in his Cardinals debut, but he can be used as a desperation flex play, if needed.

From TheHuddle

Oct 30 6:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake won't have a heavy workload in Week 9 after just arriving via trade a few days ago. He's also facing one of the best defenses against the position the last five weeks. Running back David Johnson (ankle) will be a game-time decision, and Drake will either share the load with him or Alfred Morris. The most likely scenario is Morris takes first and second down, and Drake comes in on third downs and passing situations. The San Francisco 49ers have allowed nine grabs for 86 yards to running backs the last four games. There just isn't enough there to suggest starting Drake this week. However, if you're up against it due to injuries or bye weeks, he's only a flex option in point-per-reception leagues.

From RotoBaller

Oct 29 3:50pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake will be given a "manageable" workload in Week 9 to help his transition to a new team in a short week, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Look for him to share work with Alfred Morris or Zach Zenner against the daunted San Francisco 49ers Defense. The Niners have allowed one touchdown to backs over the last five weeks. Drake is a flex option in point-per-reception leagues, but if he's scaled back to 10 to 15 touches, the upside against this defense isn't there. If running back Chase Edmonds (hamstring) makes a rapid recovery from his hamstring injury to suit up, he's a flex candidate as well.

From RotoBaller

Oct 29 3:03pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake will reportedly be given a 'manageable workload' against San Francisco 49ers in Week 9, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Fantasy Spin: Drake was acquired Monday morning and will have just over two days to process as much of the Cardinals' playbook as possible before taking the field Thursday against the 49ers. It's going to be hard for fantasy owners to start him due to his unfamiliarity with the scheme and the matchup, but he's probably going to need to be started in many leagues based on the likelihood he'll see at least 10 to 12 touches and given how many good backs are on a bye this week.

From TheHuddle

Oct 28 12:00pm ET

Former Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake was shipped out on Monday morning to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick that could be turned into a fifth-round draft pick. Drake had been the leading rusher for the Dolphins, but he hadn't made the trip with the team ahead of their Monday night football matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which showed that a trade was imminent. Drake could be in for a heavy workload on Thursday night in Week 9 for the Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers. The team's other two running backs,David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring), are both at risk of missing this week's game.

From RotoBaller

Oct 28 10:33am ET

Updating earlier reports, Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick.

From TheHuddle

Oct 28 10:13am ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, in exchange for a conditional 2020 draft pick.

Fantasy Spin: Drake will enter a crowded, but injured backfield in Arizona. David Johnson (ankle) is expected to be out in Week 9, and it appears Chase Edmonds (hamstring) has now been put on the backburner as well. Drake has a short week with the Cardinals playing on Thursday night, but he'll be a low-end RB2 in PPR formats.

From TheHuddle

Oct 27 1:43pm ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake did not travel with the team for their Week 8 game since he is involved in trade talks, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: It appears like Drake will be traded in the next few days, so his fantasy value will be determined by his new team. Mark Walton should receive most of the work at running back moving forward and can be a flex option for fantasy players.

From TheHuddle

Oct 27 1:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake did not travel with the team for Monday night's game against the Steelers, which is a clear sign that he'll likely be traded before Tuesday's deadline. Miami is hoping for a mid-round pick in return. Like the rest of the Dolphins offense, Drake has been a disappointment, rushing 47 times for 174 scoreless yards (3.7 yards per carry). He also has 22 catches for 174 yards and no touchdowns through the air. If Drake is dealt, Mark Walton will continue to start for the 'Phins, with Kalen Ballage mostly a short-yardage and goal-line back. There's a chance that Drake could become more attractive in fantasy if he's dealt, but it depends on where he lands.

From RotoBaller

Oct 26 6:43pm ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has received some trade interest from the Tennessee Titans, but the Titans are unwilling to meet the asking price, according to sources. It is believed that the Dolphins are looking for at least a fourth-round draft choice.

Fantasy Spin: The Titans have Derrick Henry as their starting running back, so Drake would be a change-of-pace back if he joins the Titans. He would take a hit in terms of his fantasy value if the Titans acquired him but could be a flex option in some leagues depending on his role.

From TheHuddle

Oct 26 6:33pm ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has received some trade interest from the Detroit Lions, but the Lions are unwilling to meet the asking price, according to sources. It is believed that the Dolphins are looking for at least a fourth-round draft choice.

Fantasy Spin: The Lions recently lost Kerryon Johnson, so Drake likely would share time with Ty Johnson if he joins the Lions. He has a chance to be a flex option in some leagues if he joins the Lions.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 28-Oct-2019: ARI - Traded - for conditional 2020 sixth-round pick
  • 28-Oct-2019: ARI - Traded - for conditional 2020 draft pick
  • 16-Jun-2016: MIA - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2019)
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Week 2NWE7.3061900529060
Week 3@DAL7.70123800334061
Week 4LAC8.8094400329050
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Week 9SFO26.201511010452040
Week 10@TAM7.1010350066070
Week 11@SFO
Week 12bye
Week 13LAR
Week 14PIT
Week 15CLE
Week 16@SEA
Week 17@LAR