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Kenyan Drake
LVR

RB LVR

#39 Running Back

108 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 8
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
40 Time: 4.31

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Med Floor

2.6

DS Projection

4

Consensus

38 other sites
4

High Ceiling

7.4

Rest of
Season

4.9

Week 6 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
13 0.1 2 15.1 0.1 4
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
21 0.1 2.1 16 0.1 4.9
Week 2
With Josh Jacobs sitting this one out with a toe injury, Drake saw his snap share increase from 29% in Week 1 to 71% against the Steelers, though the increased snap share didn’t lead to much in the way of additional work. Whereas Drake had 6 carries and 5 receptions in Week 1, he had 1 extra carry and the same number of receptions this week. He remained ineffective as a runner, averaging just more than a yard per carry, though Las Vegas was without their 2 starting guards. That said, he averaged 9 yards per reception, and he was well used as an offensive weapon.

It’s clear that Drake’s primary role on the team will be that of a receiver.. But even if Josh Jacobs continues to miss time, it looks as if the coaching staff prefers a bigger back, even the likes of Peyton Barber, to take the between the tackles work, which will likely include goal-line work. It’s possible that Drake could have spike games when the Raiders are trailing, though based on two weeks, they may not find themselves in a ton of those contests.
Week 1
It was an interesting Week 1 for Drake, who had a mixed bag of results. He underwhelmed on the rushing side of things, totaling just 11 yards on 6 carries. On the positive side, his work in the passing game provides reason for optimism. He caught all 5 of his targets for 59 yards. Drake looks to be filling a very specific role as the passing downs back. He is for all intents and purposes replacing both Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. The unfortunate part for Drake is Jacobs' work in the passing game. Especially when you consider his health coming in. Long term, he could be a monster if Jacobs were to miss time, but at this point he is a bye week FLEX in PPR leagues at best.

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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When asked Friday whether RB Josh Jacobs' absence means a bigger opportunity for RB Kenyan Drake, Raiders HC Jon Gruden instead talked up RB Peyton Barber. "It's an opportunity for Peyton Barber," Gruden said, evidently seriously. "We think he's a heck of a back coming from Tampa. I've had a chance to really get behind the scenes on him. I like the way he runs and catches and picks up blitzes. Kenyan will continue to play a role in our system no matter who the other back is. We're excited about this opportunity to see what we have." We'd be very surprised if Barber out-carried Drake in Pittsburgh on Sunday -- especially consider Vegas just gave Drake a 2-year, $11 million deal in free agency. But it at least sounds like we shouldn't expect Drake to step into a true every-down role.

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The Raiders have activated RB Kenyan Drake off the NFI list. Now we get to start learning more about his role with the new team. Vegas also placed RB Theo Riddick on the reserved/retired list

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The Raiders have placed RB Kenyan Drake on the non-football injury list to open training camp. The team didn't announce what injury is keeping Drake out. He was seen working on the side with trainers at Wednesday's practice, though. We'll keep an eye on his status in the coming days. RBs Jalen Richard and Theo Riddick, meanwhile, landed on the COVID list. Maybe Josh Jacobs will get a few more chances to show Vegas coaches he can catch passes.

Update: Drake returned to practice on July 30.

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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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