RB Kenyan Drake - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): David Johnson is clearly not himself, so Drake is poised to lead this backfield in touches from here on out. The matchup is tough against the 49ers this week, but Drake handled them well in Week 9.
Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kenyan Drake's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs SF (15 / 110 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
With Arizona's backfield running on fumes with injuries to David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, Drake's debut with Arizona was as a feature back to the tune of 19 touches and more than 160 total yards. Drake enjoyed consistently good run blocking up the middle and Drake also ran over a defender for a goal line perimeter touchdown run. Drake churned out quality gains as a receiver for more than 15 yards on three occasions, but one was called back by penalty. Drake added a two-point conversion in his impressive game. The Buccaneers offer a stiff rushing defense test for Drake if he sees the bulk of the work again in Week 10.
2019 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
This was his best chance at taking back over for the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick put forth a good effort this week. He threw the ball all over the field and completed passes to 7 different receivers. Fitzpatrick benefitted from the rushing attack amassing more than 100 total yards on the ground for the first time this week. For his lone touchdown pass, Fitzpatrick found DeVante Parker dragging across the field for a 12-yard touchdown. The play action was not very convincing, and Parker caught the flare pass just 2 yards down the field before turning it up and running the rest of the way in on his own. Things were looking up in the second half with the team having a lead and driving the length of the field. After a fake field goal gave Buffalo a 1st and goal from the 2-yard line there was an errant snap that cost Fitzpatrick 10 yards and almost a fumble lost and then he proceeded to throw an interception on the next play. Fitzpatrick tried force a ball in to Isaiah Ford at the pylon and the route was jumped and intercepted. Buffalo went on to drive the length of the field, score a touchdown, and the Dolphins never had the lead again. In a last-ditch effort to try and regain the lead, Fitzpatrick led one more touchdown drive and scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run. The ensuing onside kick was returned for a touchdown and any hopes at a comeback were dashed. Fitzpatrick looks to have earned another shot at starting next week but the starter has not been officially named against the Steelers.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)
This was the week for Drake to establish his value and prove that he is the future of this running back class, but he had a mixed bag of results. He had his best average running the ball this week with 4 yards per carry, but his longest rush went for just 9 yards and he saw a fair amount of work go to Mark Walton and Kalen Ballage. Drake was the most targeted receiver this week with Rosen failing to push the ball down the field and relying on his check downs for the majority of the game. Drake caught 6 of 9 passes and was even targeted on the 2-point conversion play to try and win the game. Drake's longest catch of the game was also 9 yards and he lacked any true explosive plays this week. The most concerning thing to come out of this game was that the goal to go from the 1 carries went to Ballage and not Drake. Ballage was given 2 chances from the 1-yard line while Drake was not even on the field. Drake had the most volume of any running back this week, but they do not seem to trust him around the goal line.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (9 / 44 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
It is going to be difficult for Drake to get anything going this year with Miami constantly playing from behind. He had 12 combined touches this week for 73 yards, but that is not enough volume to get anything going. Drake had 9 carries to 6 for Mark Walton and 2 for Kalen Ballage. Miami ran the ball 18 times total for just 72 yards and no one sticks out as the head of the back field. Drake has the job in title only but looks to be challenged by Walton this week. He had a nice 10-yard burst for his longest rush of the day, but Miami was not willing to commit to the run even when the game was close. Drake chipped in 3 catches on 5 targets this week and continues to show he is the most versatile back in the backfield. He snuck out into the flat and ran down the sideline for 19 yards on a 3rd down play, but it was not enough. Drake put the ball on the ground again this week but was fortunate to not lose the fumble. With his problems of holding on to the ball and Miami playing from behind, Drake may lose even more of his carries to Walton and Ballage.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
The struggles continue all over the field for Miami and the back field is no exception. Miami committed more to the run this week than any other since they were able to keep the game close and they were still unable to have more than 100 rushing yards as a team. Drake had 72 scrimmage yards this week and has been talked about as another trade candidate in the past week. Drake's longest rush was 8 yards and his longest catch was 19. The biggest concern came when Drake did not have a carry in a goal to go situation. Miami rushed Kalen Ballage 3 straight times from the 8-yard line and Drake did not get an opportunity around the goal line. He was given a rushing opportunity at the 7-yard line later in the half and rewarded the team with a fumble. It has been a comedy of errors for the Dolphins so far this season and Drake is most likely hoping that trade comes through.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)
It was a slow start for the Patriots and the Dolphins should have had an entire first half to try and run the ball and establish an offense. Instead they could not get anything going and Drake had another bad day. Drake had less than 20 yards on the ground and averaged 3.2 yards per carry. He was targeted 6 times and came down with 5 of them for just under 30 yards. The Dolphins offensive line could not protect anyone, and Drake was used as a safety outlet underneath. It is going to be a long year for Drake with Miami playing from behind. There is still some value catching the ball out of the back field, but do not expect many rushing yards for Drake.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a bad day for the Miami rushing attack as the team totaled 12 carries for 21 yards total. Drake led all runners with 12 yards on the ground, and 9 of those yards came on a single play. He also chipped in 2 catches on 3 targets with a long of 10 yards. Drake did not look explosive and was often met in the back field by a Ravens defender before he even had a chance to find a hole. Drake does not have to worry about competition from another back as the next closest running back had -1 yards this week. This team is going to be playing from behind a lot this year and that is going to make it difficult for Drake to get anything going.
Latest NewsCardinals | Kenyan Drake totals 16 touches (Sun Nov 10, 07:23 PM) - 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. Our View: Drake looked more effective than David Johnson in every way and is probably the best Cardinals back to carry forward. Next week he faces a tough 49ers defense that he ripped up in Week 9.
link to story Cardinals | Kenyan Drake among RB snap leaders (Tue Nov 5, 08:28 PM) - 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. link to story Cardinals | Kenyan Drake goes off in debut (Fri Nov 1, 12:23 AM) - 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. Our View: Drake is back! He led off the night with a 36-yard run and didn't look back. Even when David Johnson and Chase Edmonds are healthy, Drake should hold onto enough work to be fantasy relevant. He's in line to at least be a big part of a committee against the Bucs next week.
link to story Cardinals | Kenyan Drake to hit ground running (Thu Oct 31, 05:46 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake 'will get major run' Thursday, Oct. 31, against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Our View: Drake is a what the heck flex this week. He should get a lot of work as a receiver in addition to the lion's share of the carries.
link to story Cardinals | Kenyan Drake to get eased in Week 9 (Tue Oct 29, 02:46 PM) - 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. Our View: It's a short week for the Cardinals...and Drake was just traded to the Cardinals on Monday. Both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds are banged up, but with an 'eased in' role Drake might not perform like anything more than a deep 'what the heck' flex in a bad matchup.
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