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Frank Gore being placed on injured reserve was supposed to be the opening for Kenyan Drake to become an elite fantasy producer, but in a surprise twist, it opened the way for Miami Dolphins backup RB Kalen Ballage, not Drake. 

With Frank Gore now on IR, the Dolphins are now left with two starting running backs in Drake and Ballage. And with the exciting Week 15 emergence of Ballage, Drake's fantasy outlook is wilting fast. 

Ballage was essentially a non-factor in the offense before Gore went down. Prior to his massive 123-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Minnesota Vikings, Ballage had eight rushes for 11 yards. So this was a pretty big surprise Sunday. 

Meanwhile, Drake was having a decent season with 102 rushes for 463 yards and four touchdowns and got one carry for six yards against Minnesota. So when the starting running back went down early in the game, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase decided to go with the Ballage and his inexperience and not Drake with over 100 rushes on the season. 

Obviously, Ballage came through with a long 75-yard touchdown run, but if you remove the one huge run, he had 11 carries for 48 yards or an average of 4.4 yards per attempt. This puts him behind Drake's 4.6 yards per attempt on the season.

However, it looks like Ballage will be the option moving forward as that seems to Gase's preferred choice. So keep your eyes on Ballage if you've got the chance to snag him from the waiver wire. Even when things are looking up, Drake just can't seem to catch a fantasy break.

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