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Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: KENYAN DRAKE RB MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Miami Dolphins have earned a reputation for doing some puzzling things with their personnel moves and their critics received some fresh ammunition when they traded away starting running back Jay Ajayi halfway through the 2017 season despite him having a nice breakout campaign the year prior.  While Ajayi was knocked for being a bit of a locker room problem, it still was a shock that the Dolphins threw in the towel on him so early in his career and in the middle of a season to boot.  Maybe the Dolphins knew something we all didn't however when it came to the abilities of backup Kenyan Drake, as the former 2016 third-round pick became a huge pickup in December when he rushed for over 100 yards in two of the team's last five games.  Showing an extreme burst and instant acceleration that Ajayi didn't possess, Drake also revealed his very good receiving ability as he snared 17 passes during that same December stretch.  As a result of his eye-opening play, Drake has been entrusted to be the Dolphins' starter going into 2018 over free-agent signee Frank Gore and those in PPR formats should be especially intrigued here.  While we won't go so far as to say Drake will become a star, his running/receiving combination could turn out to be very valuable at a somewhat affordable rate in drafts this summer.  The upside alone makes Drake someone to target in PPR formats and even in standard leagues he may be able to do enough to yield RB 2 despite Gore lurking around.

2018 PROJECTION:  1,109 rushing yards 7 TD, 49 receptions 398 yards 2 TD

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