Kenyan Drake Fantasy Value Climbing Despite Dolphins' Terrible Start to 2019 NFL Season
It doesn't get much worse than the Miami Dolphins' start to the 2019 season. They've been outscored an absurd 133-16 through three games, and their offense is averaging just 3.8 yards per play. Things aren't expected to get much better in Week 4 either, sitting as more than two-touchdown underdogs against the Los Angeles Chargers.
This abysmal start has meant that nobody on the team has offered any real fantasy football value. Kenyan Drake, the only player in the offense that was getting any fantasy football love this offseason, has been no exception. But thanks to some encouraging numbers, he could still prove to be a valuable fantasy asset moving forward.
That volume hasn't meant much so far, with Drake's highest PPR score in a game sitting at only 10.2 point so far. But it's also important to take into account how difficult his matchups have been so far. With losses to the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, it's not like Miami has been getting dominated by weak teams.
Miami's up against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4, and while that's still not a soft matchup, it's the best they've had so far. Then things get really interesting when they return from their Week 5 bye to take on the Washington Redskins.
Drake's involvement in the passing game, with six targets in each of his last two games, also means that even if the Dolphins pull off an 0-16 season he's still going to be a good bet to rack up significant volume, making him especially appealing in PPR formats.
Plenty of people have given up on Drake, and his ownership in Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues is down to only 58 percent. This could be his nadir though, and unless his volume falls back to early-season levels, he's likely to still end up returning some nice fantasy value.
It's even worth considering starting Drake against the Chargers in PPR leagues, as he sits 35th at RB in our Week 4 fantasy football rankings.
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