RB Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Oct 17): is reportedly "available for a draft pick," according to a source who has spoken to the team's front office recently.
General News (Thu Oct 17): has been involved in trade discussions, and the team is willing to trade him for the right offer.
Week 7: at Buffalo Bills
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Miami run game woes continued last week as they amassed just 84 yards on the ground behind a confusing mix of production. Kenyan Drake led the team with 10 carries and 40 rushing yards, but he was in a near-even timeshare with Mark Walton, who played 26 snaps last week compared to a total of 27 snaps in all of the first four games combined. Walton actually ran well, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt with his six carries. It was then Kalen Ballage who saw the goal-line touchdown despite playing on just four snaps with only three rushes. Ballage has been a non-factor for most of this season and should continue to play a very limited role. Drake continues to lose goal-line work but remains involved due to his pass-catching upside. This offensive line continues to hover near the bottom of the league and will likely remain there as this is a low-floor, low-ceiling ground game. The Bills defense is fresh off the bye coming into Week 7 ranked seventh-best in the league based on rushing yards allowed per game (87.8). Running backs are scoring the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game (non-PPR scoring) when facing the Bills this season. While this defense has yet to completely shut out an opposing running back with lead backs rushing for at least 60 yards in every game, they have done a great job at limiting overall production and big plays, with a long run of just 27 yards allowed. A strong defensive line has been one of the keys to their success, particularly as their edge defenders have done an excellent job locking down runs to the outside. Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer have also played key roles in run defense and are a big reason why this group has done such a fine job at limiting big plays. This group has an indisputable advantage over the lackluster Dolphins rushing offense.
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 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 NewsDolphins | Kenyan Drake on the trading block (Thu Oct 17, 02:27 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is reportedly 'available for a draft pick,' according to a source who has spoken to the team's front office recently. Our View: They may not get much for Drake in return...but then again they may not be asking for much. Drake has never really been a favorite of the coaching staff and could use a fresh start. Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues should be adding Mark Walton where they can.
link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake involved in trade talks (Thu Oct 17, 10:11 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has been involved in trade discussions, and the team is willing to trade him for the right offer. Our View: There is no obvious trade partner right now unless we are looking at Drake as a depth add and not a core piece of the offense he lands in. That could change this week if a big running back injury happens. It's also possible that some team's starter is worse off than they are letting on in injury reports. Drake's immediate value could take a hit with a trade, but his ceiling will go up if he's in any other offense outside of Washington or Cincinnati.
link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake sees 16 touches (Sun Oct 13, 04:49 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed 10 times for 40 yards in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins and he added six grabs for 30 yards on a game-high nine targets. Our View: Mark Walton got more work to open the game, but Drake still led the team in running back touches. Drake had a chance to win the game on the last play of the contest, but dropped a two point conversion.
link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake the top back? (Sat Oct 5, 10:32 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake will be 'the clear No. 1 back' following the Week 5 bye, in the opinion of Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. Our View: Drake should be rostered in all redraft leagues and this is a good time to try to deal for him in dynasty leagues.
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