But the way it looks right now, Drake will be the main back in a multi-back offense (expect Kalen Ballage to be the No. 2 back) as opposed to a singular workhorse back.
Despite the surprising longevity of Frank Gore, and ending the 2018 season as RB29 in total touches and RB105 in touch rate (TCH/Snap), Kenyan Drake still managed to produce in the meager Dolphin offense. Thanks in part to his pass catching - 53 receptions on the year, Drake’s final numbers as RB14 in PPR points was four spots higher than his RB18 ADP. This year he should see an uptick in usage even with Ballage as the No. 2 back and is currently being undervalued in both best-ball and redraft formats. John Paulson has Drake ranked as RB13 in PPR leagues, and his ADP sits as RB24. Ballage's ADP is currently RB58.
With Gore out, Ballage took over most of the lead back duties with Drake getting just four touches in the game. Ballage is the guy to own, but the Fins are hosting the Jags in Week 16 so it's not a great matchup but Ballage appears to at least be on pace for a nice workload.
After the game, Gore left the locker room with a walking boot on his left foot. Dolphins coach Adam Gase did not have any further update on his status, according to ESPN. Ballage took over for Gore and ran 12 times for 123 yards and a TD. Next week the Dolphins get the Jags, while it's not a friendly matchup, Ballage is probably a guy to add as Drake only had four touches in the game.
"When he walks through the door, you draw them up like that,” Loggains said about Kalen Ballage. “Drake is a guy who can play all three downs. Kalen can do it as well.”
Last week, Dolphins coaches left it open-ended as to who would start at running back between Drake and veteran Frank Gore. Today, it appeared clear that Miami continues to be intrigued by Ballage's physique and skill set. Once thought to be a one-man show, this backfield is shaping up to be quite messy for fantasy owners.