|Date of Birth:||01/26/1994|
|Drafted:||2016 | Round 3 | Pick 73|
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Kenyan Drake might not be ready for Week 1.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says that Drake, who was seen in a walking boot and not practicing this morning, will be out a while. However, the team is hopeful that Drake is ready for the season opener, so it sounds like the injury isn't too serious. Drake will almost certainly not play again this preseason, so second-year running back Kalen Ballage will handle most of the first-team reps and is probably a good bet to start for Miami in Week 1. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available on Drake's exact injury and return timetable.
Kenyan Drake is in a walking boot.
Drake left yesterday's practice, and a walking boot isn't a great sign. Hopefully this is just a precaution and Drake is just day-to-day, but more information should become available soon. Kalen Ballage would get a boost and might become Miami's clear starter if this is a multi-week injury for Drake.
ESPN Dolphins reporter Cameron Wolfe projects Kenyan Drake at over 200 touches this season.
Keep in mind that Wolfe admits this is an early projection, but he sees the backfield potentially being split into a 45/40/15 timeshare, with Drake getting the biggest piece of the pie at 45% and Kalen Ballage getting 40% of the touches. Wolfe does also project that a "conservative estimate" for the Dolphins this season is 10% more plays than last year, when they were last in the NFL with 55 offensive plays per game—but Miami is expected to be one of the worst teams in the league, so a 10% increase might not be conservative. Anyway, Drake's career-high in touches was set last season with 173, and actually getting in the 200-225-touch range as Wolfe projects would at least make the explosive running back a very strong FLEX option if not a solid RB2 in 2019. Ballage has handled the majority of starter's reps during training camp to this point, though, so it's certainly no lock that Drake gets the most touches in Miami's backfield this season.
Kenyan Drake handles 16 touches in loss to the Bills.
Drake rushed 11 times for 43 yards, also adding a team-high five receptions and 52 yards. Overall, the Alabama product was able to get over 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the first time in his career, rushing 120 times for 535 yards (4.5 YPC) and four touchdowns while chipping in a 53/477/5 line as a receiver. Still, he wasn't given as many touches as fantasy owners would have liked, and it will be interesting to see what happens in Miami this offseason. Drake, who turns 25 next month, should be an upside pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next summer.
Kenyan Drake handles ten touches in Week 16 loss.
Drake rushed six times for 23 yards, also adding four receptions for 31 yards. The Dolphins didn't get to run many plays in a defensive battle, but Drake actually ended up leading the team in carries and rushing yards ahead of Kalen Ballage (four carries for ten yards). The Alabama product is always a big-play threat, but he is best viewed as a volatile FLEX for the season finale in Buffalo.
Kenyan Drake gets four touches in Week 15.
Drake had one carry for six yards and caught three passes for 28 yards versus Minnesota. He looked to be open for a touchdown on a swing pass in the loss, but Ryan Tannehill didn't appear to see him. Despite the team getting completely outplayed, Drake took responsibility for the loss because he said he missed a couple of pass blocks on a day Ryan Tannehill was sacked nine times. Concerning for Drake's fantasy value is that Kalen Ballage (12 carries, 123 yards, touchdown) led the backfield after Frank Gore (ankle) left the game. Perhaps the Dolphins will commit to Drake next week, but he's difficult to trust in fantasy finals in a tough matchup with the Jags.
Kenyan Drake scores game-winning touchdown against the Patriots.
On a 69-yard lateral play as time expired (the longest game-winning touchdown as time expired in the Super Bowl era), Drake caught a lateral and then used his elite speed and acceleration to zoom through the defense and get past Rob Gronkowski, who was back for a Hail Mary attempt, for what is being called the "Miami Miracle". It was one of the craziest plays you'll see, and it helped make it a very good decision for fantasy owners that inserted Drake into their playoff lineups. Overall, Drake had six carries for 24 yards and one reception for 55 yards and a touchdown. Ideally, Drake would get more work throughout the game (especially considering Brandon Bolden went untouched on a 54-yard touchdown that Drake might have scored on, too, though the defense might have played differently were Drake in the game), but the gamebreaking ability helps make him at least a FLEX option with upside every week. Next week against the Vikings is a tough matchup, though.
Kenyan Drake scores in Dolphins' win.
Drake carried seven times for 31 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 victory over Buffalo. The score came at the goal line on a nice touch pass from Ryan Tannehill. This makes it three touchdowns in the last two games and eight on the season for Drake, who continues to be a boom/bust option that's doing well when given more than a handful of touches per game. Hopefully the Dolphins keep him involved in the final four games of the season, and he'll be in the FLEX mix next week against New England.
Kenyan Drake goes for 96 yards and two scores in loss to the Colts.
Drake rushed eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown, also adding five receptions for 64 yards and another score through the air. The first trip to the end zone came on a 33-yard catch-and-run on the game's opening drive, and Drake found it again from 14 yards away on a second-half run up the middle. Frank Gore continues to operate as the early-down runner for Adam Gase's offense, but Drake is the clear back to own, and his big-play ability makes him a low-end RB2/FLEX option down the stretch, including next week against Buffalo.
Kenyan Drake (shoulder) has returned for the Dolphins.
Drake had his shoulder checked out but he's good to go. The explosive running back has two touchdowns today and will look to help the Dolphins get a go-ahead score late in the game against the Colts.
Kenyan Drake leaves game with apparent arm injury.
He appeared to be in a lot of pain after taking a hit. Drake was limited some in practice during the week because of a shoulder injury, so this could be related to that. He's now in the blue medical tent, and we'll update you as more information becomes available on his status.
Kenyan Drake doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Drake was limited in practice this week, but he will be available this weekend in a matchup between 5-5 teams. The Alabama product will be a big-play FLEX option and a better fantasy play than Frank Gore, but the veteran taking over as the clear early-down runner obviously hurts Drake.
Kenyon Drake (shoulder) was limited in today's practice.
Drake is thought to be fine, but he may be limited in practice during the week. We'll update you on Friday with his official Week 12 status when the final injury report is released, but he's fully expected to suit up against the Colts. Drake is currently just a FLEX option because of his inconsistent workload.
Kenyan Drake gets ten touches in Week 10.
Drake carried eight time for 27 yards and added two carries for 11 yards against the Packers. Frank Gore (13 carries, 90 yards) was again the primary runner for the Dolphins, leading to a low floor for Drake. Also, Drake was targeted just twice in the game despite the Dolphins being down, so this just wasn't an ideal game for those that used him in their fantasy lineups. Drake left briefly with a shoulder injury but appears to be fine after returning to the game. But he'll take the bye week to get the shoulder right before facing the Colts in a couple weeks.
Kenyan Drake gets seven touches in Week 9.
Meanwhile, Frank Gore received 21 touches including 20 carries in the Dolphins' win. Drake had three carries for nine yards and four receptions (on six targets) for 26 yards. It's difficult to question an offensive coach like Adam Gase, but it's surprising that Drake didn't receive more than three carries while Gore gained just 53 yards on his 20 attempts—especially when Gase himself has said Drake will usually pop a big play if given enough chances. Anyway, this was a disappointing outing after Drake averaged 13.8 fantasy points per game in the last four games, but he'll look to get more touches and bounce back next week against the Packers.
Kenyan Drake scores twice against the Texans.
Drake opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run on an outside attempt where he used his great speed to easily zoom to the end zone, and he later scored on a trick play where he caught a 28-yard pass from Danny Amendola. Overall, Drake had 12 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. He ran the ball well throughout the night, but his two targets were a slight disappointment with Brock Osweiler not really looking his way on check-downs. Through half the season, Drake is on pace for 140 carries, 680 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 54 receptions, 394 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. He's seen solid involvement in the offense while splitting touches with Frank Gore, and he'll be a solid fantasy option in Week 9 against a Jets team he scored against back in Week 2.
Kenyon Drake breaks long touchdown against the Lions.
Drake broke a 54-yard touchdown on a play where he exploded through a crease and was off to the races down the sideline before throwing a stiff-arm to get into the end zone. It's the type of gamebreaking play Drake has shown he's capable of making throughout his career. Overall, Drake had six carries (compared to Frank Gore's ten) for 72 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions (on a team-high eight targets) for 15 yards. Gore gained just 29 yards on his ten attempts in the game, so perhaps the Dolphins will get Drake more touches on the ground this Thursday night against the Texans. Drake is at least a FLEX option for Week 8.
Kenyan Drake gets 17 touches, redeems fumble in Week 6.
Drake carried 13 times for 57 yards and added four receptions (on six targets) for 21 yards with a fumble lost in the overtime victory against the Bears. In overtime, Drake was going to punch in a game-winning touchdown, but he fumbled before extending his arms across the goal line, and the Bears recovered. You could see how much Drake cared and was upset with himself, and he received another opportunity after the Bears missed a long field goal; the third-year running back bounced back with a couple of nice gains in overtime to help put the team in position for a game-winning field goal. After the win, Drake was understandably emotional and very relieved on the sideline. Frank Gore appeared to get banged up a bit late in the game, which might be why Drake was in on the goal line carry, but the veteran running back should be fine. Anyway, Drake remains heavily involved on offense despite Gore getting the edge in carries. Consider Drake an RB2/FLEX option for Week 7 against the Lions.
Frank Gore is expected to remain the lead ball-carrier for the Dolphins.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald warns fantasy owners that in the upcoming weeks a Dolphins offense with "Gore carrying the load running the football. And Drake as more of a complementary runner and pass-catching threat" is what we'll see until it stops working or injuries affect things. Salguero notes that while Gore will be the lead runner for Miami, Drake should continue to get many opportunities as a receiver in addition to working in as a runner. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase says that Gore moves forward for positive yardage while Drake can deliver game-changing plays. The bottom line is this is a committee backfield, so Drake is more of an RB2/FLEX option than an RB1/RB2 option many hoped he would be entering the season. However, the third-year back still offers a ton of upside each week as one of the best big-play threats in the NFL.
Kenyan Drake gets featured in the passing game as Miami falls to 3-2.
Drake rushed just six times for 46 yards in the loss, but he led the team in targets (11), receptions (seven), and yards (69), while scoring the only offensive touchdown of the day on a 22-yard corner route in the second quarter. It's discouraging to see Frank Gore receive the early-down work with Drake handling just 14 carries over the past three games, but the production through the air is something to feel good about, and the 24-year-old has the talent to still be a weekly RB2 if that continues. Miami would be wise to feature Drake again with Chicago's stingy front seven coming to town next Sunday. The floor is a concern, but consider the Alabama product a low-end RB2/FLEX option in all formats.
Kenyan Drake handles just four touches in loss to the Patriots.
Drake rushed three times for three yards and caught one pass for 13 yards. It was an extremely disappointing day after the dynamic running back turned 30 touches into 193 yards in last December's win over New England, and Bill Belichick's squad again looks soft against the run in 2018. Miami probably needs to get Drake going if they are going to stay competitive in the AFC East, but right now, it's best to view the Alabama product as a low-floor RB2/FLEX option until if/when he gets a heavier workload. The Dolphins head to Cincinnati next Sunday.
Kenyan Drake gets seven touches in Week 3.
Drake gained just ten yards on his seven touches, gaining three yards on his five rushing attempts and seven yards on his two receptions. Obviously, this burned a lot of fantasy owners counting on Drake, and a lot of people might be ready to jump off the bandwagon based off this one game. However, it was a game in which Miami only ran 39 plays on offense, with the running backs combining for 11 carries. Look for Drake to bounce back in Week 4 against New England.
Kenyan Drake scores against the Jets.
This makes it two straight weeks with a touchdown to open the year for Drake, who had 11 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions for 17 yards in the Week 2 victory. The touchdown was a six-yard score, which was good to see for Drake owners worried about Frank Gore potentially taking all the carries by the goal line. While Drake couldn't get a lot going as a receiver, the Dolphins are going to continue utilizing him there. Drake is a strong fantasy option for Week 3 against the Raiders.
Kenyan Drake held in check as Dolphins pickup a victory in their season opener.
Drake rushed 14 times for 48 yards, also adding three receptions for 18 yards. The dynamic back basically doubled up Frank Gore's touches, but the veteran actually led the team with 61 yards on the ground. Still, fantasy owners would be unwise to overreact to one week, and Drake remains a high-upside RB2 play heading into a matchup with the Jets.
Andy Cohen of MiamiDolphins.com anticipates about 20 touches per game for Kenyan Drake "when things are working well for this offense."
Cohen also said veteran Frank Gore would get the ball about 15 times per game when things are going well, but he didn't mention rookie Kalen Ballage. Gore notably said that when he watched film of Drake last year, he said he saw why the Dolphins traded Jay Ajayi. Drake says he's "very confident... very comfortable" in his third year in Adam Gase's offense, noting that things are slowing down for him. Gase said earlier this offseason that Drake was ready to "bust out" for Miami this season, but the additions of Gore and Ballage put a damper on things a bit; however, the 2016 third-round pick is likely to lead the backfield in 2018, and near the 20 touches per game that Cohen says would be ideal if the offense is clicking would make him an obvious RB1. Things don't always go according to plan, though, and it's also possible Gore caps his upside if he takes goal-line carries. Overall, Drake is a fine selection in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts.
Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore are listed as co-starting running backs for the Dolphins.
This is the initial depth chart which may have been put together by the team's media staff without any input from the coaches, but it probably indicates how things are going in the backfield right now. The Dolphins are very impressed by the veteran Gore, who Adam Gase says looks no different than he did ten years ago. Rookie Kalen Ballage is also in the mix, but he might be squarely behind Drake and Gore for now. It'll be interesting to watch how the snaps are split in preseason games.
The Dolphins don't want Kenyan Drake to have to handle most of the carries.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said they'll figure out the workload between their running backs in what is a long season: "We got caught in a couple of situations last year where Kenyan was the only guy we had and he had to take the majority of the carries. Really, that's not what we want over a 16-game season. That's going to be tough. We'll make sure that we spread this thing out well. We'll use both guys the right way." Hal Habib of the PalmBeachPost does say that Drake is expected to be the feature back, but clearly Gore is going to get work. Gase says Gore's age (35 this season) is "irrelevant" because "he's a different dude." Miami also brought in Kalen Ballage, who has apparently impressed so far, with a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. The Dolphins probably want to run the ball a lot this season in an up-tempo attack, so there should be enough work for Drake to make a big fantasy impact. However, it's unlikely he's a true workhorse in 2018 as long as everyone in the backfield stays healthy.
The Dolphins are expected to have an open competition at running back.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says Drake is expected to be the starter in 2018 after his great finish last season, but the Dolphins haven't come out and said that the third-year running back will be the guy. Running backs coach Eric Studesville says they "don't know yet" and that the roles aren't set right now before going on to say they'll play "the guy that gives us the best chance to win." After adding Frank Gore in free agency and Kalen Ballage (who Salguero says the Dolphins "really, really like") in the draft, Drake has some competition for the starting role. Miami's backfield situation is an important one to watch this summer, and it could certainly turn into a committee where all three backs split work.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase says Kenyan Drake is "really looking to bust out" this season.
Gase talked about his third-year running back's growth on and off the field, saying that it's been "a good process to watch" Drake mature. Last season after Jay Ajayi was traded to the Eagles, Drake got his biggest opportunity on offense and took advantage, rushing for 619 yards over the team's final eight games of the year. He also showed his versatility during that time, catching 29 passes for 232 receiving yards. Gase also went on to talk about how Drake is a versatile weapon out of the backfield that can line up in the slot, out wide, and in the backfield, which makes it difficult on linebackers. The ageless Frank Gore and fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage being added to the backfield might have taken some of the hype away this offseason, but Drake certainly has a lot of upside in 2018.
Kenyan Drake gets ejected in Week 17.
Drake launched a Bills helmet across the field after a scrum late in the game, so he's been tossed. Before leaving, Drake had 14 carries for 75 yards and three receptions for 15 yards. On the season, Drake was exceptional when he took over in a big role after Jay Ajayi was traded to Philadelphia, carrying 133 times for 644 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns along with 32 receptions for 239 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. We would think Drake will be the lead guy in Miami's backfield next season, which would make him at least an RB2 option in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Kenyan Drake gets 13 carries in Week 16.
Drake gained 57 yards on his 13 attempts, and the Dolphins throwing the ball a lot (38 times) limited Drake's upside a bit. He still ran well with his opportunities, and he should continue to do so in the season finale against the Bills next weekend.
Kenyan Drake scores in Week 15.
Drake again played a very good game for the Dolphins, carrying 16 times for 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground along with six receptions for 35 yards. There were some negative rushing plays that in part led to Miami going with a pass-heavy approach, but fantasy owners must be happy with Drake's performance. Drake is setting himself up nicely for a huge role in 2018, and it'll be interesting to see how he performs over the final two weeks of the season. He's a very good option in fantasy lineups for Week 16.
Kenyan Drake flashes big-time ability in Dolphins' win.
Drake continues his ascendance to an excellent running back for the Dolphins, as he showed great vision, speed, and quickness throughout the night. The second-year back had 25 carries for 114 yards and added five receptions for a team-high 79 yards (with a long reception of 47 yards on a go route that easily beat a linebacker). Drake became the first Dolphin to rush for over 100 yards with over 75 receiving yards in a game since Ronnie Brown in 2007. He's playing like a top-notch running back right now, so keep Drake locked into fantasy lineups as a very good option against the Bills in Week 15.
Kenyan Drake dominates in Week 13 win.
Drake rushed 23 times for 120 yards and one touchdown, adding three receptions for 21 yards. The second-year back was the clear lead guy with Damien Williams (shoulder) out, and he took advantage of the opportunity against a quitting Broncos team. Drake will face the Patriots on Monday night for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, and he should be a quality RB2 for that game and down the stretch.
Kenyan Drake handles 12 touches, finds the end zone in Week 12 loss.
Drake rushed nine times for 20 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards, including an eight-yard score. He also lost a fumble, but the second-year back could be in for a featured role down the stretch if Damien Williams' shoulder injury is as serious as it appeared on Sunday, so he needs to be picked up everywhere he's still available. Despite a difficult matchup with Denver next week, Drake would be a volume-based RB2/FLEX option if Williams is out.
Kenyan Drake held in check as Dolphins fall to 4-6.
Drake rushed seven times for four yards and caught a 10-yard pass. Besides a couple big plays by Damien Williams, the Miami backfield couldn't do much of anything in a good matchup. Heading to New England in Week 12, Drake is just a decent FLEX option.
Kenyan Drake breaks long touchdown in Week 10 loss.
Drake carried seven times for 82 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for ten yards versus Carolina. His score came in the third quarter on a 66-yard run where he showed his great breakaway speed after the Dolphins blocked a blitz well, allowing Drake to get to the second level of the defense and basically just zoom to the end zone. While Damien Williams (nine carries for 19 yards) received more carries, Drake will likely get the better share of the workload in Week 11 against the Bucs.
Kenyan Drake runs well in Dolphins' loss.
In the first game without Jay Ajayi for the Dolphins, Drake stepped up to do some damage on the ground versus Oakland. He did fumble early in the game, but he bounced back from that and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase didn't go away from him. Overall, he carried nine times for 69 yards while adding six receptions for 35 yards. The second-year back broke a long of 42 yards on a nice run where he showed good vision before getting up field. Damien Williams did also play well, particularly as a receiver, and caught a touchdown, but Drake will likely be the lead runner moving forward. Carolina is a tough matchup in Week 10, but Drake will still be a FLEX option.
Dolphins OC: We are going "by committee" at running back.
The team's offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said they are using a committee after the trade of Jay Ajayi, and that committee will be Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. It sounds like Senorise Perry will only mix in behind those two, so he's not a recommended fantasy pickup at the moment. The committee will likely start with Drake as the early-down guy and Williams as the passing-down guy, but it's possible one of them emerges as the clear leader in the backfield. For this Sunday night against Oakland, they are both FLEX options, with Drake being the preferred play in standard leagues.
Adam Gase won't name a starting running back.
The Dolphins head coach said he wants to see how things go in practice, so we might not get any clarity on the situation before Sunday night against the Raiders. Kenyan Drake, a third-round selection last year, figures to be the favorite to take over the lead role, but Damien Williams and Senorise Perry will also have an opportunity. Consider Drake the best play this week, with Williams also having some FLEX value in PPR leagues.
Kenyan Drake gets six carries in Week 8.
The Dolphins were getting blown out and Drake was given some carries at the end of the game, gaining 22 yards on his six attempts. Jay Ajayi is the workhorse in Miami's backfield, so Drake doesn't have much fantasy value right now.
Kenyan Drake gets one carry in Week 5.
He picked up no yards on his only touch of the game. Drake is just a Jay Ajayi handcuff right now.
Kenyan Drake gets three touches in Week 4.
Drake had a six-yard carry and two receptions for four yards. The second-year back did also have a nice run of about 15 yards that was called back by a penalty. Drake isn't a fantasy option with Jay Ajayi as the clear lead guy in Miami's backfield.
Kenyan Drake gets two touches in Week 3.
He had a carry for zero yards and a reception for two yards. The Dolphins couldn't get much of anything going offensively, and Drake was no exception. Miami heads to London to face the Saints next week.
Kenyan Drake scores goal-line touchdown in preseason finale.
Drake rushed eight times for 27 yards, including a one-yard score in the first quarter. He looks like the third running back behind Damien Williams and workhorse Jay Ajayi, so he should only be rostered in dynasty leagues right now.
Kenyan Drake works as Dolphins' number two running back in preseason game.
After starter Jay Ajayi played about a quarter, Drake took over and carried four times for 21 yards along with two receptions for two yards. It's good to see Drake out there after he was cleared of a concussion earlier in the week. He appears to be the clear backup behind Ajayi, so Ajayi owners should grab him if they are looking for a handcuff for their running back.
Kenyan Drake is out of concussion protocol.
The second-year back is practicing in joint practice with the Eagles. Hopefully he's able to play in the Dolphins' important third preseason game on Thursday against Philadelphia. Drake is battling with Damien Williams for the main backup job behind workhorse Jay Ajayi.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is in concussion protocol.
Just as Jay Ajayi gets cleared of his concussion and exits the protocol, teammate Kenyan Drake enters the protocol. Ajayi missed a couple weeks with his concussion, but each concussion is different (Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was cleared after only a couple days after his concussion on Friday). Chances are Drake won't be playing in the Dolphins' second preseason game on Thursday.
Kenyan Drake carries four times for 21 yards in preseason opener.
Miami's second-year back will mix in with Damien Williams for work behind Jay Ajayi this season. Drake could also return kicks.