Kenyan Drake Fantasy Value Set to Explode in Week 6 Matchup Against Washington

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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It was apparent that the Miami Dolphins were going to be terrible heading into the season, but it still looked like Kenyan Drake was going to be a solid fantasy option.

He hasn't lived up to those expectations, though, ranking only 44th among running backs with a weak 8.2 PPR fantasy points per game to open the season. A Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins could be exactly what he needs to break out, though.

The Dolphins' anemic offense has left very little volume to go around for any of their players, running the NFL's second-fewest plays per game (55.8) and averaging the second-fewest yards per play (4.0).

Even still, Drake's volume hasn't been terrible, racking up 44 opportunities (27 carries and 17 targets) across his last three games. His 16 percent share of his team's targets in that time ranks 11th in the NFL, and he's paired that with a 52 percent share of Miami's RB carries. It may not be a great offense, but Drake is getting a huge share of the volume that is available.

Both opportunity and efficiency should be much easier to come by in Week 6 as well. Washington joins Miami in the bottom four in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings, and the Dolphins are only 3.5-point home underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, implying this could be their closest matchup of the young season. Washington has also allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.

Carrying a solid workload into what is shaping up to be his most favorable matchup of the season by far, Drake is a wholly viable starting RB in fantasy football this Sunday. That's particularly true in PPR formats, where we have Drake as an RB2 against Washington and ranked 22nd at the position in our Week 6 fantasy football rankings.

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