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RB ARI

College: Alabama | 5 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 211 lbs
Birth Date: 1/26/1994
2020 Bye Week: 8

Total Pts: 176.2
Avg Pts: 11.01
Rank: 21 RB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

A trade to the Cardinals last season was just the thing to get Drake's career going in the right direction. He emerged as the starter for the Cardinals and had some big games along the way. He finished with 814 total yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with the Cardinals. If he plays a full season with the Cardinals, he finishes with more than 1,600 total yards and 16 touchdowns. Drake will start from day on this year in the Cardinals high-powered offense. Drake has been a top-20 fantasy back each of the last two seasons. 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 proved last year he can handle the workload as a lead back with the Cardinals. Drake averages an impressive 4.8 yards per carry for his career.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Drake has a really high ceiling in this offense. He should be considered a top-10 fantasy back for the coming year. Remember, he has been top 20 each of the past two seasons and he wasn't featured all season either of those years. He can get around 1,700 total yards, double-digit touchdowns with 50 re-ceptions.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Throughout his entire football career going all the way back to Alabama, Kenyan Drake was never used as a feature back. For some reason, this led to his NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, believing he couldn't be one. Drake has high end speed with above average burst and agility. Finally freed from the doldrums of Miami, Drake was unleashed in Arizona, replacing a broken David Johnson. Following a midseason trade, Drake was immediately thrust into an every down role and he proved all the haters wrong. I'm not quite sure why Drake isn't being viewed as a legitimate first round pick. I understand the trepidation surrounding the late breakout (age 25 season is late for running backs), but Drake has the total package here. We care about three things: opportunity, situation, and talent, in that order. The talent has always been there. The problem was a bad situation and limited opportunity. The Cardinals have since traded DJ and even when Chase Edmonds returned from injury last season, he did not eat into Drake's workload at all. Drake played at least 70% of the snaps in all but one game with Arizona. The only move the Cardinals made this offseason was to draft Eno Benjamin in the seventh round. Everything they are doing points to Drake being a three down back in a fast paced, improving offense. Drake was the RB3, averaging 20.3 ppg to close out the fantasy season in Arizona. He is viable pick at the turn and someone you should aggressively target beginning in the middle of the second round.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 12.70Kenyan Drake 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Kenyan Drake 12 rushing yds (1.20 pts)
Week 24.80Kenyan Drake 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Kenyan Drake 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Week 36.20Kenyan Drake 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 34 receiving yds (3.40 pts)
Kenyan Drake 38 rushing yds (3.80 pts)
Week 47.30Kenyan Drake 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Kenyan Drake 44 rushing yds (4.40 pts)
Week 5
Week 67.00Kenyan Drake 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 40 rushing yds (4.00 pts)
Week 75.80Kenyan Drake 37 receiving yds (3.70 pts)
Kenyan Drake 21 rushing yds (2.10 pts)
Week 8
Week 926.20Kenyan Drake 1 receiving 2XP (4.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 52 receiving yds (5.20 pts)
Kenyan Drake 4 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 110 rushing yds (11.00 pts)
Week 104.10Kenyan Drake 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Kenyan Drake 35 rushing yds (3.50 pts)
Week 118.00Kenyan Drake 13 receiving yds (1.30 pts)
Kenyan Drake 67 rushing yds (6.70 pts)
Week 12
Playoff Week 15.10Kenyan Drake 20 receiving yds (2.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 31 rushing yds (3.10 pts)
Playoff Week 26.70Kenyan Drake 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 37 rushing yds (3.70 pts)
Playoff Week 341.60Kenyan Drake 9 receiving yds (0.90 pts)
Kenyan Drake 5 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 17 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 137 rushing yds (13.70 pts)
Playoff Week 436.40Kenyan Drake 18 receiving yds (1.80 pts)
Kenyan Drake 3 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 80 yd TD rush (12.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 166 rushing yds (16.60 pts)
Playoff Week 514.30Kenyan Drake 23 receiving yds (2.30 pts)
Kenyan Drake 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Kenyan Drake 60 rushing yds (6.00 pts)
Player Notes
May 23 9:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake 'could pass 350 touches if he stays healthy' in 2020, in the opinion of Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Fantasy Spin: Drake logged 151 touches in eight games after being acquired by Arizona last season, so 350 touches isn't out of the realm of possibility in a full season as the lead back. If he can handle the workload, he has RB1 upside.

From TheHuddle

May 20 8:30am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake is on a list of underrated fantasy players to watch during the upcoming 2020 season. "The most obvious choice among fantasy veterans is Drake. He now has had the time to learn the offense. Kyler Murray was good last season but should be better. The offensive line is improved, and of course, they added DeAndre Hopkins on the outside," remarked Mark Morales-Smith of Sports Illustrated. While Drake's fantasy impact won't be known until the season actually begins, he did make significant progression last season after being acquired by the team in October. The 26-year-old finished 2019 with eight touchdowns and was the fourth-best fantasy back for the remainder of the season after Week 9.

From RotoBaller

May 18 10:23pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake averaged a league-best 8.1 yards per carry (minimum 100 attempts) on off-tackle runs in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions.

From TheHuddle

May 3 1:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake said he was fine with receiving the franchise tag this offseason and hopes the two sides will be able to reach a long-term contract at some point.

Fantasy Spin: Drake was a breakout star after joining the Cardinals during the 2019 season and will be the main running back this upcoming season. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Apr 26 1:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin is not expected to receive many offensive snaps during his rookie season since he is behind RBs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds on the depth chart.

Fantasy Spin: Benjamin probably will receive a handful of touches early in the season but could earn a bigger role later in the season if he is productive. Fantasy players can avoid him during their drafts but should keep an eye on him during the season.

From TheHuddle

Apr 16 11:23am ET

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, as an update to previous reports, said he has spoken with RB Kenyan Drake's agent, Pat Dye, Jr., about signing Drake to a long-term deal. Drake has been re-signed to a one-year deal already, but Keim has made it clear the team would like Drake to remain with the Cardinals for longer than that.

Fantasy Spin: In eight games with the Cardinals last season following a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins, Drake rushed for 643 yards on 123 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He added another 171 yards on 28 receptions. While talented with huge upside in a scheme that appears to fit his talents better than Miami's system did, Drake should be considered a RB2 entering draft season.

From TheHuddle

Apr 15 10:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake has already signed his one-year transition tag for $8.4 million, but general manager Steve Keim told the team's official website on Wednesday, April 15, that Drake is a player the team would 'like to have long-term.'

From TheHuddle

Apr 15 10:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is interested in talking long-term extensions with both wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Kenyan Drake. Drake signed his one-year transition tag offer for $8.4 million, but he can still work out a long-term extension by July 15. Hopkins is scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2020, $13.5 million in 2021 and $13.915 million in 2022 under his current deal. The team has talked new contracts with both players, but nothing is imminent. Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the NFL, and his fantasy stock might've actually improved moving to Arizona in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Drake was exceptional in the second half after being acquired by the Cardinals in a trade and has clear RB1 upside as the backfield leader with David Johnson now in Houston.

From RotoBaller

Apr 9 7:03pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the third running back spot behind RB Kenyan Drake and RB Chase Edmonds may still be open following the re-signing of RB D.J. Foster. 'We think he has a good skill set,' Kingsbury said in regard to Foster, 'but that's an area we'd like to have three that you feel like we could roll through and not lose much.'

Fantasy Spin: Drake is the clear fantasy target from the Cardinals' backfield, and he'll be a strong RB2 as the depth chart currently stands. The selection of a top-end rookie back within the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft could take away from Drake's appeal in re-draft leagues, and the younger option would likely become the superior dynasty target.

From TheHuddle

Apr 8 10:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RBs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds have head coach Kliff Kingsbury 'really excited' about the first two spots on the depth chart, but Kingsbury told a group of reporters in a videoconference on Tuesday, April 7, that he'd like to have three running backs 'that we feel like we could roll through and not lose much.'

Fantasy Spin: While this could be an indication Kingsbury wants to use a three-man committee, it's more than likely a realization that he wants to be deep at a position that was ravaged by injuries in 2019. Drake did more than enough after arriving via trade at midseason to warrant at least 15 touches per week and should be considered a low-end RB1 for fantasy purposes. Edmonds also performed well before getting hurt and should be considered Drake's high-upside handcuff.

From TheHuddle

Apr 8 7:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that the team would like to have three running backs sharing the load in 2020. "D.J. was banged up last year," Kingsbury said. "We think he has a good skill set. But that's an area that we'd like to have three. You saw we got to (using) a third (running back in 2019). We'd like to have three that we feel like we could roll through and not lose much." Kenyan Drake, who signed his transition tender, will see the majority of touches, but Chase Edmonds and D.J. Foster will also get some work. Drake was one of the best running backs in the league after his trade over from the Dolphins, and he'll be a coveted RB1 in fantasy circles with Arizona's offense looking more explosive with the addition of receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Edmonds will merely be a handcuff for those that take Drake early in drafts.

From RotoBaller

Mar 26 6:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake officially signed his transition tag tender Thursday, March 26, according to sources.

From TheHuddle

Mar 21 1:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake officially signed his transition tender on Saturday. Drake was traded from the Dolphins to the Cardinals last year and excelled in the second half of the season in the desert, rushing 123 times for 643 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and eight rushing touchdowns. He also added 28 receptions for 171 yards out of the backfield. With David Johnson being traded to the Texans last week, Drake has this backfield all to himself with an exciting young quarterback in Kyler Murray at the helm. Arizona's offensive line is a concern, but Drake should be a bell-cow back in an offense that could put up some points with the recent acquisition of wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The 26-year-old has obvious RB1 upside in his first full season with the Cardinals.

From RotoBaller

Mar 21 12:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake on Saturday, March 21, signed his transition-tag tender offer. Signing a longer-term deal also remains a possibility for Drake this offseason.

Fantasy Spin: Drake averaged an impressive 19.7 fantasy points (standard scoring) in eight games with the Cards last season, and that figure would've ranked second on the season behind only Christian McCaffrey (22.1). He's a low-end RB1 candidate for 2020 with David Johnson now out of the picture in Arizona.

From TheHuddle

Mar 16 12:20pm ET

The Arizona Cardinals placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake on Monday, according to a source. The move allows the team to match any offer that Drake receives in free agency. If the Cardinals decline to match an offer, they would receive no compensation. The estimated transition tag for running backs in 2020 is around $10 million. Traded to the Cardinals from the Dolphins at midseason last year, Drake rushed for 643 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns in eight games, adding 171 yards on 28 catches. The difficult part is that David Johnson is set to count $14 million against the salary cap, and they can't really move on from him. Drake and Johnson would likely share the backfield if they re-sign Drake, but he earned the lion's share of the touches after his work in 2019 to finish the season.

From RotoBaller

Mar 16 11:33am ET

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake received the transition tag Monday, March 16.

Fantasy Spin: Drake looks like he'll stay put, which was expected all along. Drake had a couple of monster games with the Cardinals and can be expected to ebb and flow as a fantasy back. He might be a low-end RB1 in PPR formats.

From TheHuddle

Mar 5 5:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is 'one to watch' for the Detroit Lions in free agency, according to Chris Burke of The Athletic Thursday, March 5.

Fantasy Spin: Signing Drake would certainly be bad news for Kerryon Johnson's fantasy value. Drake showed last season with the Cardinals he can lead a backfield, and he'd be likely to take over as the No. 1 option. He could be a low-end RB2.

From TheHuddle

Feb 28 10:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent running back Kenyan Drake is seeking a deal that will pay him $8-10 million per season if he reaches the open market, according to sources. Drake excelled after being traded from the Dolphins to the Cardinals last year, running the ball 123 times for 643 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. The eight scores were a career high in just eight games to close out the season. He's looking to cash in on that small sample size. The Cardinals would certainly like him back, especially with David Johnson's health now a question, but he may prove too expensive for their taste. If Drake is playing somewhere that he is the unquestioned lead back, he proved in 2019 that he can have RB1 upside.

From RotoBaller

Feb 28 4:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is believed to be looking for $8 million to $10 million per season in his next contract.

Fantasy Spin: Drake was a big factor on offense once he joined the Cardinals with 643 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in eight games. He likely will be a starter no matter where he plays in 2020 and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Feb 25 5:03pm ET

Impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is wanted back by the team, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'We'd love to have him back, he's a perfect fit for our offense,' Kingsbury said. 'He's certainly a guy we would like to have back but again not sure what the market is going to do,' said Keim.

Fantasy Spin: Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns over eight games with the Cardinals after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins. He dethroned David Johnson and Chase Edmonds in the backfield, and he'll be a top-end RB2 wherever he plays in 2020.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 26-Mar-2020: ARI - - One-year tender (through 2020)
  • 21-Mar-2020: ARI - - One-year tender (through 2020)
  • 16-Mar-2020: ARI -
  • 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)
NFL Week
OppPtsRush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
Fum
Lost
2019 Season176.2017081783503450681
Week 1DET2.7041200215030
Week 2@BAL4.8061900529060
Week 3CAR6.20123800334061
Week 4SEA7.3094400329050
Week 5@CIN0.00000000000
Week 6ATL7.00104000630090
Week 7@NYG5.8062100337040
Week 8@NOR0.00000000000
Week 9SFO26.201511010452040
Week 10@TAM4.1010350066070
Week 11@SFO8.00166700613070
Week 12bye
Week 13LAR5.10133100220050
Week 14PIT6.70113700330030
Week 15CLE41.60221374019010
Week 16@SEA36.402416620318040
Week 17@LAR14.30126010323040