Kenyan Drake consistently flashed big-time talent during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins. But he was never able to put it all together, ultimately burning plenty of fantasy owners in the process. Understandably, many were hesitant to pull the trigger on Drake last year.
But the second he arrived in Kliff Kingsbury's offense, he looked like a different player. His history might make some players hesitant, but Drake looks like a bonafide RB1 heading into 2020.
Kenyan Drake Fantasy Football Value
Drake currently carries an average draft position (ADP) of RB11. That's right around where he should be going. He was actually fantasy's RB4 once he joined the Cardinals in Week 9, though that was buoyed by a 7-TD stretch from Week 15-17. Still, even if we remove those 6 of those 7 scores, Drake would've been the RB13 during that stretch.
In other words, Drake's production was for real – he wasn't just a product of some blow-up games down the stretch. He averaged 15.4 carries for 80.4 rushing yards per contest across 8 appearances with the team. Both figures would've been top 10 in the NFL had he maintained it over a full season.
There's no reason to think that role is in danger, either. Chase Edmonds is his only competition in the backfield, and it's hard to view him as too much of a threat. Plus, those touches could be a lot more valuable in 2020 than they were least year thanks to the improvements Arizona made this offseason.
Even though many fantasy owners might be skeptical of Drake, his breakout appears to be legitimate. He's probably not going to be the top-5 RB he was over the second half of 2019, but he should be a mid-to-low-end RB1 for the 2020 season, with the upside to be even better.
We have him as the RB10 in our 2020 fantasy rankings.
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