Kenyan Drake Fantasy Football Value Unchanged by Minor Injury

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 02:  Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins breaks a tackle from Matt Milano #58 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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There was a brief moment for concern when Kenyan Drake reportedly limped off the field at Miami Dolphins practice on Tuesday. Head coach Brian Flores didn't sound at all concerned though, and Drake could be back on the field as early as Wednesday.

That's good new for Drake's fantasy value, as he looks to hang onto the team's top running back role ahead of second-year back Kalen Ballage.

2018 was a frustrating season for Drake's fantasy owners, as he regularly sat on the bench in favor of inefficient veteran Frank Gore. In the midst of this frustration, though, Drake was still efficient enough to finish as RB14 in PPR leagues.

The Dolphins have brought in no additional running-back depth despite losing Gore to free agency, which is a positive indicator that they're happy with what they have in Drake and Ballage. Drake has been more efficient than Ballage, and he's far more proven at the NFL level, which could point to Drake racking up the bulk of the available touches.

Despite that RB14 finish in 2018, Drake's 2019 average draft position (ADP) is only RB28, according to FantasyPros.com. The Dolphins offense may not exactly be a hotbed for fantasy production, but with Gore out of the way and this injury looking like a non-factor, he could be positioned to return some strong value in fantasy football drafts.

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