Kenyan Drake Fantasy Outlook Explodes Following Trade to Arizona Cardinals

Jason Schandl
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Kenyan Drake being traded didn't exactly come out of nowhere, with trade rumors swirling all year. That buzz came to a head with Sunday's news that he wasn't traveling with the Miami Dolphins for Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The destination is a bit of a surprise though, as the Arizona Cardinals looked loaded at RB with David Johnson and Chase Edmonds. But with both of those backs currently banged up, this landing spot could do wonders for Drake's fantasy value.

The Cardinals have been one of the more pass-heavy teams in the NFL this season, throwing on 62.1 percent of their plays (10th in the NFL), and that makes this a great fantasy environment for a back that can contribute in the receiving game like Drake.

Johnson averaged 6.8 targets per game in his six full contests to start the season, and Edmonds has spelled him with eight total targets over the last two weeks. Even in a terrible Miami offense, Drake has generated some PPR fantasy value by catching at least three passes in five of six games, averaging 3.7 catches on 5.5 targets. With his pass-catching ability, Drake should fit in nicely in Arizona.

The Cards' high pace also means that they still offer reasonable volume on the ground, with their lead back notching at least 17 carries in three of seven games in 2019. Drake should get a boost on that front as well, as he averaged only 7.8 carries per game in Miami's offense.

This backfield could become a fantasy football mess when Johnson and Edmonds heal up, but the trade is a pretty good indication that at least one of the two are expected to miss significant time, something that could mean long-term value for Drake.

However, Drake will likely debut in a tough spot, playing on a short week against an elite San Francisco 49ers defense on "Thursday Night Football." If he starts, Drake is set to play a feature RB role with plenty of receiving upside, though, and his fantasy outlook is still the highest it has been all season now that he's found a new home with the Cardinals. Consider him an RB2 option for the week as long as there's no news that he will be held to a limited role in his debut.

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