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Mark Walton Fantasy Outlook Gets Huge Boost Following Kenyan Drake Trade

Jason Schandl
Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills
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Mark Walton's fantasy outlook was already on the rise after leading the Miami Dolphins' backfield in snaps in Week 7, but Kenyan Drake being traded to the Arizona Cardinals gives Walton an especially big boost.

Walton already seemed to have overtaken Drake for the Dolphins' lead RB job, and this trade firmly solidifies him as the top back in the offense. He saw 12 opportunities (six carries plus six targets) in Week 6 and 15 (14 carries, one target) in Week 7. That workload should now expand even more with the reduced competition in Miami.

The only threat to Walton's touches is Kalen Ballage, and considering he leapfrogged Ballage on the team's depth chart, it's not likely the coaching staff will flip flop that again now that Drake is out of the mix.

Walton still isn't going to offer much efficiency, and his ceiling will be limited in the low-scoring Miami offense. The potential for 15-plus opportunities per game creates fantasy value for a back in even the worst offenses, though, especially when that includes receiving usage like Walton has seen.

Like Drake earlier in the season, Walton is unlikely to ever offer more than RB2 upside (and even that is matchup dependent). He is going to be a viable RB3/FLEX option most weeks though, especially in PPR formats, since Miami is often forced to abandon the run while playing from behind.

Walton is also now an even stronger fantasy option on "Monday Night Football" against the Pittsburgh Steelers to close out Week 8.

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