Dolphins HC Brian Flores said after Wednesday's practice that RB Kenyan Drake is sidelined with a foot injury. Flores added that Drake will be out "a while" but that the team is "hopeful" to get him back before Week 1. That sounds like Drake is questionable for the start of the season. We'll continue to monitor his status but just nudged him down the RB rankings. Kalen Ballage has a golden opportunity to open the year as Miami's lead back.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's practice. He won't practice on Wednesday and was spotted in a walking boot. These walking boots are often precautionary -- but they can also mean a significant injury. We'll look for updates on Drake's status. His absence leaves Kalen Ballage as Miami's clear lead back.
ESPN's Cameron Wolfe predicts a 45/40 touch split between Dolphins RBs Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage (with the last 15% going to whoever wins the #3 RB job). We don't put much stock into beat-writer projections, but this seems fair considering Ballage has been running ahead of Drake early in training camp. With Miami likely to run more plays this season, according to Wolfe, the split would mean around 200 touches for Drake and 175 for Ballage. Drake tallied 173 touches last year and finished 14th among RBs in PPR points and 21st in non-PPR. His fantasy stock has taken a hit over the past week, but he's still in the RB2 mix. Ballage has become a RB3 consideration.
ESPN's Cameron Wolfe tweets that Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage has a "real chance" to start this season. The 2nd-year back has been getting the 1st reps with the starting offense early in training camp. RB Kenyan Drake has been extremely efficient over the past 2 seasons. But former HC Adam Gase never committed to him, and it doesn't sound like Miami's new staff is planning to feature him either. We'll be watching the usage in the Dolphins backfield in preseason. As it stands now, though, Ballage is a big value at his RB57 ADP.
The Dolphins have named Brian Flores their HC. Like Zac Taylor in Cincinnati, this deal has been done for a while. Flores has been with New England since 2004, working his way up from scout to special teams assistant to safeties and LBs coach. Although never officially named defensive coordinator, Flores called plays on that side of the ball this past season. We'll see who Flores tabs to run the offense.
Dolphins RB Frank Gore is expected to miss the final 2 games of the season with his sprained foot, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. They'll be Gore's 1st missed games since 2010. With Gore sidelined for most of yesterday's loss to the Vikings, Kenyan Drake out-snapped Kalen Ballage 28 to 26. But Ballage carried 12 times and saw 1 target, while Drake finished with 1 carry and 3 targets. This will be a backfield to try to avoid in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase said he'd ideally like to get RB Kenyan Drake "anywhere from 15-20 carries and 6-8 targets" per game. Even the low end of those ranges would put Drake around 300 total touches. The actual numbers are less important than the fact that it sounds like Gase is ready to make Drake the clear lead back. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe expects RB Frank Gore to mix in in short-yardage and goal-line situations. That'd ding Drake's TD upside. But 15-20 touches per game would give him a shot at RB1 production. He's looked excellent this preseason, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per catch.
The Dolphins released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart Sunday, which included listing Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake as co-starters at HB. It's not a surprising move but indicates how important Miami coaches want the veteran back to be. We're still betting on Drake leading the workload and backfield receiving, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Dolphins split touches between them.
The Dolphins added Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ballage certainly looks the part. He goes 6’2, 228 pounds with 4.4 speed and an 85th percentile SPARQ score. But neither the tape nor the production match that scintillating size-athleticism combination. Ballage struggles to make defenders miss and mustered just 4.4 yards per carry over his 4-year college career. He never even led his Arizona State backfield in carries. On the plus side, Ballage has flashed plus pass-catching ability, registering a 44-469-1 receiving line back in 2016. He’s a boom/bust prospect. Ballage joins Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in Miami’s backfield.
Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen confirmed on Thursday that it'll be a committee backfield with Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams going forward. We're guessing that Drake will get the 1st crack at lead ball-carrying duties after Miami spent a 3rd-round pick on him last year. But Williams will be involved, especially in the passing game. Neither guy is more than a RB3 or flex in Week 9 fantasy lineups.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake cleared the league concussion protocol Tuesday, his 2nd straight day back on the practice field. We'll watch for any setbacks, but Drake's fine to continue treating as you have been in fantasy football drafts.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is in the concussion protocol. He took a shot while running a pass pattern in practice on Monday. Prior to the injury, Drake was competing with Damien Williams for Miami’s #2 role.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster announced his retirement in a written statement on Monday. "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page," Foster wrote. "I've reached that point ... I know it's not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can't take the punishment this game asks for any longer." Foster dealt with numerous injuries throughout his 8-year career, including a torn meniscus and a torn Achilles. He mustered just 2.6 yards per carry over between 2015 and 2016. RB Jay Ajayi, riding back-to-back 200-yard games, is locked in as Miami's feature back going forward. He'll be backed up by Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.
Dolphins RB Damien Williams will start tonight, per beat writer Armando Salguero. Last week, Miami started Kenyan Drake in place of Arian Foster but saw 4 different RBs take handoffs. Williams finished with just 1 for 15 yards. Look for another committee approach tonight, making this a backfield to avoid.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Bengals. There's still no timetable for his return. Miami will again go with a 4-man committee backfield led by Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase hinted Monday that RB Arian Foster (groin) will not play against the Bengals on Thursday night. "We're going to make sure he's at the right place for us," Gase said. The short week isn't doing Foster any favors. We'll see if he can get ready for Week 5. Kenyan Drake led Miami's committee backfield in Sunday's win over the Browns but played just 40% of the snaps and totaled 11 touches. It's a situation to avoid in a rough spot in Cincinnati.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Dolphins are "treating rookie RB Kenyan Drake as the starter today." That's a strange way to word it and comes as a surprise after most pegged Jay Ajayi to draw the start. Miami's coaching staff has obviously soured on last year's 5th-round pick, though. Expect multiple RBs to get on the field for the Fins today -- including Ajayi, Damien Williams and/or Isaiah Pead -- but Drake now looks like the best fantasy bet.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. He didn't practice all week and certainly isn't a lock to return for Week 4. Jay Ajayi figures to serve as the lead back vs. Cleveland, but Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams and/or Isaiah Pead all figure to be involved as well. Ajayi is just a RB3 or flex option.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) a "long shot" for Sunday's game against the Browns. Foster didn't practice on Wednesday. Look for Jay Ajayi to lead Miami's backfield this weekend, with rookie Kenyan Drake mixing in.
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