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RB Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins

6-1, 210Born: 1-26-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Drake atoned for his overtime fumble and had some value in PPR leagues again in Week 6. He faces a weak Lions run defense in Week 7 and has some flex value.

Week 7: vs Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Great matchup. Adam Gase seems fully satisfied to deploy the ageless Frank Gore as his marginal lead back, with dynamic youngster Kenyan Drake in a change-of-pace role. And it's working: Gore has racked up 164 yards over the past 2 weeks, and he's generating 4.89 per rush on the year. Drake should probably be involved more, but the coaches seem to love him in a niche. Their production is made even more impressive when the Dolphins' anemic front line is considered. Missing its starting left guard and center for the season, and with both tackles juggled in and out of the lineup, the Miami line is in constant transition. Gore is polished and Drake is dynamic, and they've greatly overachieved their situations thus far. The Lions run defense remains one of the NFL's weakest. Before having a bye last week, opposing running backs are picking up an eye-popping 5.99 yards per rush, and 3 have reached 100 on the day. There just isn't reliable play-tracking or tackling on the second level (and beyond). Second-year middle linebacker Jarrad Davis continues to struggle mightily, and there's little by way of reinforcement. Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni's unit is a prime fantasy target.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs OAK 29 5 3 0 4 2 7 0 0 1
4 at NE 22 3 3 0 2 1 13 0 0 1.6
5 at CIN 41 6 46 0 11 7 69 1 0 17.5
6 vs CHI 49 13 57 0 6 4 21 0 1 6.8
7 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Kenyan Drake's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 6 vs CHI (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

The workload between Drake and Gore was very close this week, and while the lines look totally different, it was mostly because of a single big run by Gore. The biggest things to note was the fumble by Drake on the 1-yard line in over time. He was trusted with the ball in a key situation after Gore had done all of the work to get them there and he gave it back to the Bears. This is something that cannot happen and may cut into his workload going forward. He did regain most of his passing down work and racked up 6 targets to Gore's 1. He did not do very much with the 4 catches he had, but it shows where the touch distribution is going. Drake's longest rush was 12 yards, and it seems like he did just enough this week to keep the workload close to a 50/50 split. However, if he puts the ball on the ground on the 1-yard line in overtime again, he may not have a job at all after that.

2018 Week 5 vs CIN (6 / 46 / 0 rush, 11 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)

The game script should have given both Drake and Gore a chance to run the ball and run the clock. However, with the poor play of Tannehill that did not happen, and Drake only pulled half the carries that Gore did. This was especially surprising when it seemed like Drake was having more success running the ball. Half of his yards came on a single 25-yard rush, but his average was still just under 5 yards per carry without that play. Drake was given more opportunity in the passing game this week and had more targets than any receiver on the team. Drake caught 7 of his 11 targets and a touchdown. The scoring play came on a 22-yard corner route by Drake out of the back field. Tannehill saw that he would have a linebacker in coverage and knew it was a plus matchup. Drake did out-touch Gore by the end of the game, but the lack of rushing attempts is concerning. There is no clear split for carries in Miami right now despite all the reports saying Drake is the starter. He had a good game this week and that may be enough to have his number of touches trend in the right direction.

2018 Week 4 vs NE (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

With only 4 touches the entire game, it is easy to think that Drake got hurt or was benched for some reason. However, he just was not used as much as Frank Gore this week. With the Dolphins playing from behind early and getting down big against a superior opponent, they did not see the point in risking injury to their lead back. Gore did find some success with the added touches, but he does not figure to be the lead back going forward. If we see similar usage of Drake again next week it may be time for owners to panic, but right now this game just looks like it will be a blip on the radar.

2018 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Despite being a close game and the potential to control the clock with the run game, the Dolphins were not interested in that. As a team they only ran the ball 14 times, with Drake only seeing 5 of those carries. By comparison, the Raiders ran the ball 32 times and their lead back carried the ball 19 times. As a whole, the Miami offense only ran 38 plays, 1 shy of the amount of times Derick Carr threw the ball. With all of that said, Drake could not find any room to run with his 5 carries. He had a single run that went for 3 yards and then 2 other carries that did not net a yard. He was also targeted in the passing game 4 times but only snagged 2 of those passes for just more than double his rushing yards. This is a game where you look at the stats and wonder how they won, especially since Drake did not seem to play any role at all in the final score.

2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (11 / 53 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

After struggling in week one, Drake showed why he is the lead back this week. He was the most effective runner and out touched every other back for Miami. Drake is still splitting carries with Gore almost 50/50 but will create more opportunity if he continues to have games like this. Drake managed 4.8 yards per carry and ripped off a 20-yard run right up the middle to help run out the clock at the end of the game. Drake also contributed in the passing game and reclaimed a lot of the third down work he lost in week one. The biggest contribution for Drake this week was his 6-yard touchdown run. He took the ball right up the middle and powered his way in for the score. This was the first touchdown of the game and helped set the tone for the rest of the day.

2018 Week 1 vs TEN (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

The Dolphins started out with Drake as the clear-cut lead back, but as the game wore on he seemed to lose steam and Frank Gore seemed to get going. Drake had 5 more carries than Gore and 13 fewer yards overall. He had one long run of 16-yards where he managed to break into the second level, but outside of that he was stopped at the line time and time again. Drake also did not contribute much to the receiving game either as his 3 receptions accounted for less than 20 yards. It was a very sloppy game for all parties involved and the weather really did not help things. Drake is still going to be the feature back going into next week, but if Gore continues to perform well, he may push the workload split closer to 50/50.


Latest News

Dolphins | Kenyan Drake nearly fumble game away (Sun Oct 14, 07:15 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed 13 times for 57 yards in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears and he added four receptions for 21 yards.

Our View: Drake had an unforced error fumble in overtime at the goal line as he was about to win the game, but redeemed himself with good gains later in overtime. He's just a flex game, but one with a great matchup against the Lions next week.
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake to have limited role (Thu Oct 11, 10:26 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake could continue to be used as a change-of-pace back and receiver going forward, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Our View: Drake deserves more work, which is not a shot at Frank Gore as much as it is a recognition of his talent and ability. Unfortunately, Adam Gase may not see it that way. Drake should probably be on our benches this week despite his strong showing in the passing game in Week 5.
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake more involved as receiver (Sun Oct 7, 05:23 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake caught seven passes for 69 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. He also rushed for 46 yards on six carries during the game.

Our View: Drake came through on our benches with his involvement in the passing game, but the Dolphins aren't going to feature him in the offensive this year. The ferocious Bears defense is up next, so it will be risky to count on Drake to have his second good fantasy week of the season in Week 6.
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake splitting work (Fri Oct 5, 10:51 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has split the work with RB Frank Gore, but Gore has seen more carries of late. Gore has more carries than Drake in each of the last two games, and Gore has 35 carries to Drake's 33 on the year. Head coach Adam Gase attributed it to the team running about 20 fewer plays per game than they would like.

Our View: 'These guys are playing the way we want them to as far as the play count compared to what we're getting,' Gase said. 'We're just not getting enough plays. (Drake's) snaps should be anywhere from 35 to 40 snaps a game between him and Frank splitting that stuff. But we're getting 20 to 23 snaps in the game because we're just not having enough plays in the game.'
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