By: Fantasy Football Dude
Kenyan Drake is my breakout player this year who will be able to win people their fantasy leagues. His first 2 season in the league he was held back by the coaching staff and Jay Ajayi but the moment Ajayi was shipped out mid-season Drake showcased how impressive of a player he really is. At first he was sharing the load with Damien Williams but it was clear that he was the far superior back and then when Williams went down with an injury Drake was able to take full command of the backfield and he showed he was more than capable of handing the load in Miami.
Now looking at Drake to me at least he has the David Johnson feel from his rookie year entering his second year. Now don’t think I mean that Drake is going to have over 20 TD and 2,000 yards from scrimmage but Drake checks off every box you want from a featured runner, he can catch, run between the tackles, get outside on his runs, has breakaway speed, and block on 3rd downs. Drake is the total package and this year everyone will see.
The Dolphins did end up adding some depth at RB and some people might be worried about it but I am here to ease your mind. Gore is a 34 year old running back who hasn’t average over 4 ypc in a few years. Gore is still a good player but he isn’t a workhorse running back and is nothing more than a complement to Drake. Then the Dolphins went into the draft and got Kallen Ballage which is a great pickup but is sort of a developmental running back at this stage, Ballage already has good receiving ability but needs to work on pass blocking and holding onto the ball, he might have role this year but it will be minimal.
If you have a chance to put Drake on your team make sure you do quickly because he is poised to have a huge year and I think he could even crack the top 5 in fantasy RBs this year. Don’t be afraid to roll the dice on Kenyan Drake.
2017 Stats: 133 Carries – 644 yards – 3 TD – 32 Receptions – 239 Yards – 1 TD
2018 Projection – 1,200 Yards Rushing – 8 TD – 55 Receptions – 450 Yards – 4 TD