Kenyan Drake Fantasy Football Outlook Skyrockets Without David Johnson

Kenyan Drake's fantasy football outlook is promising for the 2020 season.
Kenyan Drake's fantasy football outlook is promising for the 2020 season. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Kenyan Drake was a flat-out dominant fantasy producer down the stretch last season. Over the last three games of the year, including the fantasy football playoffs, Drake averaged 121.0 rushing yards on 19.3 carries per game, scoring 7 touchdowns during that span.

And now that David Johnson has been traded to the Houston Texans, Drake has a legitimate shot to return RB1 value in 2020.

Kenyan Drake Fantasy Football Value

With Johnson out of the picture, Drake looks like the clear-cut RB1 in Arizona. And while the highlight of his season came down the stretch, he was actually pretty productive since joining the team.

In his eight games with the Cardinals, Drake averaged 80.4 rushing yards per game on 15.4 carries, adding another 3.5 receptions for 21.4 receiving yards per contest. He pulled that off despite running behind an offensive line that posted bottom-10 marks as a run-blocking unit, per Pro Football Focus.

Armed with the No. 8 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, that unit could be receiving a significant upgrade. And the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, alongside some year-two development from Kyler Murray, could help take a lot of defensive attention away from Drake and the run game.

Playing in an offense that looks poised to take a significant step forward, Drake has a real chance to finish inside the top 10 at his position in 2020, and he should be on the radar as a first-round fantasy pick.

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