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Kenyan Drake Fantasy Outlook on the Rise After Jalen Richard Injury

Adam Taylor McKillop
Kenyan Drake's fantasy outlook is on the rise after Jalen Richard's injury update.
Kenyan Drake's fantasy outlook is on the rise after Jalen Richard's injury update. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders backfield got a little less crowded on Wednesday after reports suggest that third-string running back Jalen Richard could be headed to the short-term injured reserve list.

Jalen Richard Injury Update

Richard is dealing with a foot injury that caused him to miss significant time throughout the Raiders' preseason. It's unclear when he will be set to return, but his absence offers some additional upside to Kenyan Drake's fantasy outlook.

Kenyan Drake Fantasy Outlook

Heading into his first season in Las Vegas, Drake slots in behind Josh Jacobs as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. Jacobs should continue to see the majority of early-down reps, however Drake's talent can't be understated, and he should carve out a role as a receiver.

Jacobs' receiving volume improved in 2020, but his efficiency fell, averaging 5.3 yards per target. And even with Jacobs in town, Jon Gruden loved getting Richard involved, with 66 targets in the last two seasons.

Drake is a significant better receiver than Jacobs (Jacobs has never had a receiving grade above 57 on ProFootballFocus, Drake has been above 65 in two of his last three seasons), so he should be able to take over the bulk of the receiving work in this backfield. With Richard on the shelf, that becomes increasingly clear.

Drake is an elite handcuff option if Jacobs gets hurt, but Richard landing on IR confirms that he's more than just a handcuff. He should play a significant role in the passing game, and if he can earn some increased rushing work he could become a reliable FLEX option.

Drake ranks as RB43 on The Duel's preseason fantasy football rankings.

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