Avoid Miami Dolphins Not Named Kenyan Drake in 2019 Fantasy Football

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 25: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball in the game against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When looking for fantasy players on the Miami Dolphins this year, you're not going to find a lot of inspiring names. With a raw quarterback in Josh Rosen, and no tight end worth considering, one only has to look at the wide receiver depth chart to fully comprehend the dearth of useful fantasy options.

As for running back, that's where things get interesting. Last season, many in the fantasy community expected a breakout season for Kenyan Drake. The Alabama product was coming off a strong second half in 2017, when he totaled 747 yards from scrimmage during the last eight games of the season.

After receiving 133 carries in 2017, that number somehow dropped to 120 last season even though Drake played in all 16 games. He still managed a solid 4.5 yards per carry, and did see his passing game input increase with 53 receptions (on 73 targets) for 477 yards and five receiving touchdowns, but had to compete with Frank Gore for work during the majority of the season.

Despite Drake continuing to put up big numbers when given the ball (his 9.0 yards per reception was tied for sixth among NFL running backs), uncertainty looms once again about his 2019 role, as second-year back Kalen Ballage is currently taking first-team reps at training camp. Ballage averaged 5.3 yards per carry on just 36 attempts last season, a number that is grossly inflated by one 75-yard run in Week 15.

While the training camp news does little to ease the minds of Drake enthusiasts for the upcoming season, new coach Brian Flores downplayed the situation. Drake is still first atop the organizational depth chart at running back and, if anything, rumors of Ballage earning a bigger workload could cause Drake's average draft position (ADP) to drop as training camp rolls along.

Currently, Drake is the RB25 according to ADP, good for pick 51 overall. He is a value at that spot based on his talent, and if Drake's draft stock lowers any more due to the Ballage news, he could represent one of the best bargains in all of fantasy football for 2019.

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