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Kenyan Drake
LVR

RB LVR

#41 Running Back

110 Projected Points

ADP: 8.12
Bye: 8
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
40 Time: 4.31

2021 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#41 Running Back

110 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
8.12 123 528 4 0 1 36 278 1

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3d Projection

High Floor

88

DS Projection

110

Consensus

38 other sites
195.2

High Ceiling

165

Ceiling Likelihood

Medium
How likely they will reach their ceiling projection

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • After averaging 4.5+ yards per carry in each of his first 4 seasons, Drake mustered just 4.0 last year. That ranked 38th among 47 RBs with 100+ attempts.
  • Drake finished 44th in Elusive Rating and 39th in Pro Football Focus rushing grade among those 47 RBs.
  • He also struggled as a receiver, catching just 25 passes and averaging 5.5 yards per. Drake ranked 36th in yards per route run and 31st in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades among 37 RBs with 30+ targets last year.
  • He dealt with a foot injury in late August and hurt his ankle in October, which might at least partly explain his inefficiency.
  • The Raiders signed Drake to a fully guaranteed 2-year, $11 million contract in free agency. It makes him the league’s 13th-highest-paid RB in terms of average annual salary.
  • He joins Josh Jacobs in Vegas’ backfield. Jacobs beat Drake in Elusive Rating, PFF rushing grade, yards per route run and PFF receiving grade last year.
  • It sounds like the Raiders view Drake as a change-of-pace, pass-catching back.
    • NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said HC Jon Gruden "sees Kenyan Drake as a jack-of-all-trades — a joker, as they say. He’ll figure prominently in the passing game."
    • Drake on his decision to sign with Vegas: "What Coach [Jon] Gruden said [in] how he was going to use me was just being on the field in a multitude of ways -- playing receiver, playing running back. Just having the ability to kind of use my versatility as a weapon in the open field is something that really spoke to me.”
    • Gruden on his backfield in a May interview: “We think Jacobs is not only a Pro Bowl back, we think he’s an MVP-caliber back. So we’d like to see him get more and more real estate. Kenyan Drake comes in here from Arizona … well, Doug Martin had 190 touches 3 years ago when [Marshawn] Lynch went down. DeAndre Washington had 144 touches when Jacobs went down 2 years ago. And this past year, Josh went down and Devontae Booker got 110 touches. So we’re gonna try to circulate the touches Kenyan Drake’s way.”
  • Raiders RBs other than Jacobs have totaled 84 and 50 targets the past 2 seasons.
  • The Raiders finished 26th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades and 18th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards last year. The offensive line looks weaker heading into 2021 after losing C Rodney Hudson and G Gabe Jackson.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Drake is coming off an inefficient 2020 campaign with the Cardinals. He got a surprisingly lucrative deal from Las Vegas in free agency (2 years, $11 million), but it sounds like the Raiders view him as a change-of-pace, pass-catching back behind Josh Jacobs.

We’ll keep an eye on this backfield this summer, but Drake will struggle for bankable weekly fantasy value if he’s the clear #2 behind Jacobs.

 

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The Raiders signed RB Kenyan Drake to a 2-year, $14.5 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a head-scratching investment after the team spent the 24th overall pick of the 2019 draft on RB Josh Jacobs, who's been solid for 2 seasons. Per Rapoport, Raiders HC Jon Gruden "sees Kenyan Drake as a jack-of-all-trades — a joker, as they say. He’ll figure prominently in the passing game." Drake will certainly be a bigger drain on Jacobs' volume than guys like Devontae Booker, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have been. The signing is bad news for both Jacobs and Drake's fantasy values.

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Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday, so expect him to be operating at less than 100% in this one.

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Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is expected to play against the Giants today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Drake was added to the injury report on Thursday, limited again on Friday and listed as questionable. Don't expect him to be at 100% today, but he remains in the RB2 mix.

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Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday. We’ll find out whether Drake is active by noon ET on Sunday. If he’s out, Chase Edmonds would step in as Arizona’s lead back.

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Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a hip issue. We don't have any other details but should have a better idea of Drake's Week 14 status when the final injury report comes out tomorrow. Chase Edmonds would step in as Arizona's lead back if Drake misses Sunday's game vs. the Giants.

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