• Kenyan Drake

  • RB
  • , Arizona Cardinals
  • 26
  • 216 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
After withering away in Miami, Kenyan Drake found new life in Arizona following a mid-season trade (for what turned out to be a fifth-round pick) last season. In eight games with the Cardinals, Drake rushed for 643 yards (5.2 yards a carry) with eight touchdowns. He added another 171 yards on 28 receptions. A perfect fit in Kliff Kingsbury's system, Drake's versatility made him a movable chess piece once he got to the desert. During that eight-game run, Drake played 381 (79 percent) of 483 possible snaps. He handled 123 (85 percent) of the 144 carries and 35 (81 percent) of the 43 targets by the team's running backs during the span. As ESPN's Mike Clay noted, "That is full-on workhorse usage, and we should expect a similar role in 2020." In fact, the trade sending David Johnson to Houston locks Drake into a high-end featured role, and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins (received in return for Johnson) should open up the field even more for Drake both as a rusher and receiver. One last note here: Playing on the transition tag this season means Drake will have ample financial motivation when he hits the field this fall.

Fantasy Downside
If you're looking for some downside, Drake had struggled to emerge as more than a role player since joining the league in 2016 and his 817 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground were both career highs last season. For his career, he has 2,175 yards on the ground, and 1,107 through the air, with 23 touchdowns total.

2020 Bottom Line
Still, Drake is clearly a great fit in Arizona and his super-strong finish (Drake ran for a combined total of 303 yards and six touchdowns in Weeks 15 and 16 last season) is going to stick with fantasy owners. And it should. Those concerned about his ability to handle that role all season could invest in Chase Edmonds as a handcuff. But Drake is well-positioned to continue his role.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Los Angeles Rams

Kenyan Drake had another monster game last week in a victory over the Seahawks, carrying the ball 24 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He was nicked up during the game, but he returned and continued to look effective, so there are no concerns with his health going into the final week of the season. He has six touchdowns over his last two games and is averaging 15.9 carries per game since arriving in Arizona.

You can run on the Rams. They rank 16th in aFPA to opposing running backs this year and as long as you’re not running at Aaron Donald, running backs can get to the edge and do some damage. Drake has been too productive the last two weeks to ignore, and his touches have been high enough to raise his floor, despite being held to just 2.4 yards per carry the last time these two teams met. We have him as a solid RB2 option and he should be active in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks

Kenyan Drake was a monster last week against the Browns, carrying the ball 22 times for 137 yards and four touchdowns! It was the first time Drake found the end zone since his first game with the Cardinals back on Halloween and it resulted in the Cardinals’ first win in eight games. Drake averaged 6.2 yards per carry after just in 2.8 over his previous two games combined.

This week, a repeat performance would be a lot to ask against the Seahawks, but Drake should still be a solid fantasy option. Seattle ranks 12th in aFPA to opposing running backs, but Drake has a high floor due to the workload he’s likely to get. Drake has had no fewer than 14 touches in every game since arriving in Arizona and he’s firmly supplanted David Johnson as the lead back. We have him inside our top 20 this week, making him a solid RB2 option in all league formats.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Cleveland Browns

Kenyan Drake has had a rough couple of weeks, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry over his last two games. He has managed to add 50 yards on five receptions over that span, but fantasy owners hoping for Drake to continue the production he had in his first game as a Cardinal back on Halloween have been disappointed thus far.

The Browns rank 24th in aFPA to opposing running backs this year, so there’s potential for Drake to rebound after three difficult matchups. He’s risky, but worth considering as a low-end RB2 or a flex option if you need some upside. The Browns let Joe Mixon run wild a week ago and Drake is averaging 17.2 touches per game since arriving in Arizona, and that should give him a high floor in the best matchups he’s had as a Cardinal.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kenyan Drake has completely taken the job away from David Johnson with an average of 18 total touches per game since arriving in Arizona. Drake struggled against the Rams last week with just 31 yards on 13 carries, though he did add 20 yards on a pair of receptions. His workload should continue, however, making him a quality option for the rest of the season in deeper leagues.

This week, he has a tough matchup against the Steelers. Only the 49ers rank higher in aFPA to opposing running backs this year, so fantasy owners should consider Drake a low-end RB3 or flex option in most league formats.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Kenyan Drake has pretty much stepped into the primary ball-carrier role since he was acquired less than a month ago from the Dolphins in a mid-season trade. He’s averaging 19 touches per game, including catching 16 balls over three games as the Cardinals’ starter. Drake is also averaging 5.17 yards per carry as a Cardinal, though he was held to 80 yards on 22 total touches against the 49ers before the bye last week.

This week, Drake faces a Rams defense that ranks 14th in aFPA to opposing running backs this season and just gave up a pair of touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – to Mark Ingram, who also had over 100 yards. Drake should continue to be featured prominently in the offense, making him a good bet for solid RB2 numbers. We have him ranked right around our top-20 this week in an average matchup.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kenyan Drake - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at San Francisco 49ers

Kenyan Drake only had 41 yards last week, but he had 10 carries and six receptions compared to only six total touches for David Johnson. The Buccaneers are very good against the run this season, so it’s not shocking Drake didn’t produce in a tough matchup, but it’s still a little bit of a question mark how the carries are going to be divvied up as Johnson gets healthier and the season comes to a close.

Drake carved up this very same 49er defense just two weeks ago to the tune of 162 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The 49ers have been great defensively all season, and they rank third in aFPA to opposing running backs. Drake has some upside and can be considered a fringe RB2 option in deep leagues, but fantasy owners should probably hold off on the Cardinals’ run-game until we get a larger sample size of the two backs together.

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