Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Drafted in the third round out of Alabama in 2016, Drake made his biggest impact as a rookie in the return game and entered last season stuck firmly behind Jay Ajayi on the depth chart. Coach Adam Gase liked what he saw, and when Ajayi was sent packing at the trade deadline, Drake finally got his chance to shine. Miami tried to keep his workload in check, but by Week 13 he was handling 20-plus carries per game without issue. He had 851 scrimmage yards in nine games after Ajayi's departure, including 594 yards over his final five once he fully locked down the lead role. Drake offers world-class elusiveness as a runner, and his 4.45 speed can turn even a small crease into a big play - skills he needed while working behind a banged-up offensive line. The Dolphins upgraded their interior line by swapping out Mike Pouncey for Josh Sitton, but they also restocked the depth chart behind Drake, signing Frank Gore and drafting Kalen Ballage in the fourth round. Drake's injury history in college does give Miami reason for concern with his workload, but despite Gase stating he wants to get Gore involved, it's difficult to envision the 13-year veteran wrenching a large number of touches from Drake. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.38 million contract with the Dolphins in June of 2016.
Breaks long touchdown run
RBMiami Dolphins
October 21, 2018
Drake rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on six carries and added 15 yards on four catches during Sunday's 32-21 loss to Detroit.
ANALYSIS
Drake brought Miami to within a score in the third quarter, accelerating off the hip of his left guard, bouncing to the sideline, and dragging a Lions defender or two on his way to a 54-yard score, his first rushing touchdown since Week 2. Drake has split touches pretty evenly with Frank Gore over the past three games, 40 to 39 in favor of Drake, but it's fair to wonder whether Drake deserves to be in line for a greater share after averaging 7.0 yards per carry during that span. A Thursday night matchup against a stingy Houston run defense surrendering just 3.5 yards per carry presents as a formidable challenge.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    223
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
109
245
2017
477
138
2018
223
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 1"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   211 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.45 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   4.21 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.04 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   31.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
AVERAGE
Broad Jump:   123 in
GREAT
Bench Press:   10 reps
TERRIBLE
Miami Dolphins Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
A third-round pick out of Alabama last season, Drake didn't get much of a chance to contribute on offense after Jay Ajayi established a lock on the starting job. Drake has the physical attributes to be a threat, however, and his premium speed and explosiveness were on full display in 2016 as a kick returner, where Drake averaged over 30 yards per return with one touchdown. The Dolphins didn't make any significant additions to their RB depth chart in the offseason, so he should head into this season as Ajayi's top backup, but that assignment may not provide Drake with many more snaps than he got as a rookie. Ajayi is also a capable receiver, so despite his ability to turn any touch into a touchdown, Drake may have to settle for being a mere change-of-pace option for now.
Drake was a big play waiting to happen at Alabama, be it as a change-of-pace runner, a pass catcher or a return man. We love The Drake. His 95-yard kick return touch-down against Clemson was a big part of the Tide securing another championship. But how much of a workload can Drake realistically handle? He's just 210 pounds despite having a 6-foot-1 frame, and he battled major injuries (broken leg, broken arm) the last two seasons. The Dolphins would like Drake to get up to speed as quickly as possible, though the team's addition of Arian Foster could suppress Drake's short-term upside. Meanwhile, Jay Ajayi is unproven as a feature back, and after that it's just Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead and Drake. A role awaits Drake, in any case, but he must re-prove his health after being slowed by hamstring issues this summer. How large said role might be hinges on how well the Foster experiment goes. Look for Drake to be a staple on kick returns (and perhaps punt returns) when the season begins, along with some spot work on offense. He was the third overall back taken in the draft (albeit in the third round), which tells you how Miami feels about him.
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Splits work, loses key fumble in win
RBMiami Dolphins
October 14, 2018
Drake rushed 13 times for 57 yards while catching four of six targets for 21 yards and losing a fumble in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Bears.
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Could see most touches as receiver
RBMiami Dolphins
October 11, 2018
Drake may continue to see most of his involvement in the Miami offense as a pass catcher while Frank Gore handles more of the rushing duties, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. "Frank does a really good job of, 'We're second-and-five, third-and-two.' Or it's we're first down, second down, first down," coach Adam Gase said Thursday. "Kenyan is coming along in that area, it's just that he does give you that element of first-and-10, you get a 60-yard touchdown, where it's a game-changing play."
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Turns 13 touches into 115 yards, TD
RBMiami Dolphins
October 7, 2018
Drake rushed six times for 46 yards and caught seven of 11 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals.
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Outsnapped by Gore
RBMiami Dolphins
October 1, 2018
Drake played fewer snaps than Frank Gore in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Patriots, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
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Makes minimal impact versus Raiders
RBMiami Dolphins
September 23, 2018
Drake carried five times for three yards and caught two passes for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 28-20 win over the Raiders.
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