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.
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.
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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.