The Arizona Cardinals traded for running back Kenyan Drake three weeks ago, and with David Johnson apparently still banged up, Drake's fantasy football value continues to rise. He dominated the work in the Cards' backfield in Week 11's loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Presumed to be the Cards' starter, Johnson was active for this game after being removed from the injury report mid-week. However, Johnson was nonexistent in the game, failing to see a single touch.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury earlier in the weeks said he would be using a backfield committee on Sunday. However, it seemed that it was a committee of one, with Drake totaling 22 touches.
Drake was the only running back for Arizona to touch the football, taking his 22 touches 80 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry on the ground.
In his three games with Arizona, Drake has averaged 19 touches per game. He is giving the Cardinals production from the backfield that they would not have otherwise, with Johnson really struggling to get anything going.
When watching Johnson play over the past several games, it's clear that he is not healthy, essentially walking up to the line of scrimmage to get destroyed by a defender. He has totaled six carries for four yards in his last three active games, adding just one reception for eight yards.
With Johnson struggling to do much of anything, Drake's success looks that much more impressive, and his fantasy stock is rising quickly. Since it seems that we can't take any of Johnson's injury updates at face value right now, Drake will remain a strong RB2 option in fantasy football until we see evidence that Johnson is working his way back into the mix.
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