Posted: 4/06/2021 6:51 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake expects 'to be used in a multitude of ways' and isn't overly concerned about being a starter, according to comments he recently made to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
'Well, with my abilities, just being a starter ... isn't something that is a high priority, in terms of being out there for however many plays. 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. And to kind of share that role with Josh, and him being obviously such a capable back, I feel like it spells success for this team,' Drake said.
Huddle Up: It is possible Gruden envisions Drake in a role similar to the one Austin Ekeler had with the Los Angeles Chargers before Melvin Gordon signed with the Denver Broncos, but giving a two-year deal with $11 million guaranteed to the ex-Arizona Cardinal hints at a larger role. Regardless, Drake's arrival figures to knock Josh Jacobs out of fantasy RB1 consideration and more into the mid-range RB2 conversation at best. Drake's likely role in the passing game should make him a high-end flex at worst.
Posted: 3/26/2021 1:47 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake said he was told he would be used in a 'multitude' of ways in the offense, including lining up at wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Drake's addition to the offense all but guarantees that Josh Jacobs will continue to be used sparingly in the passing game. Jacobs will likely remain the top fantasy option in the Las Vegas backfield, but he caps out in the RB2 range while Drake becomes a PPR RB3 with upside.
Posted: 3/19/2021 12:39 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake received a two-year, $11 million deal. He'll earn $3 million in 2021 and $8 million in 2022 with a $5.5 million roster bonus that's fully guaranteed. The deal is worth a maximum of $14.5 million.
Huddle Up: Drake lands in a rough spot for his fantasy value as Josh Jacobs is arguably more talented and younger. Both backs take a hit for fantasy purposes, and Drake is now a low-end RB2 in PPR formats.
Posted: 3/18/2021 6:34 pm UTC
Free agent RB Kenyan Drake (Cardinals) on Thursday, March 18, signed an undisclosed deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to his representatives.
Huddle Up: A bit of a shocker with the Raiders suddenly having two top-15 PPR backs from a season ago in Drake and Josh Jacobs. It looks to be a classic rotation that will drop both to the fantasy RB2 level at the highest.
Posted: 3/09/2021 11:06 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake did not receive the franchise tag designation Tuesday, March 9, and is set to become a free agent.
Posted: 3/04/2021 3:50 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake has scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 23 games with Arizona after scoring nine rushing touchdowns in 54 games with the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Although Drake found the end zone 10 times in 2020, he averaged just 4.0 yards per carry and was used sparingly in the passing game. There is a good chance Drake is playing elsewhere in 2021, but no matter where he signs, he is unlikely to be given the volume needed to even reach RB2 status.
Posted: 12/27/2020 2:09 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake rushed 18 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for five yards in a 20-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Drake was held below 50 rushing yards for the third time in the last four games, but he also scored for the ninth time in the last 10 games. His workload should keep him as a volume-based RB2 for the finale.
Posted: 12/21/2020 5:33 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries and corralled both of his targets for 14 yards in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Drake entered the weekend on a four-game touchdown streak, but he crashed down to earth in a big way against Philadelphia's stout front four. It's fair to assume his meager workload was partially the product of head coach Kliff Kingsbury relying on the passing game with the Eagles down two of their top corners. Drake should have a more favorable game script presented to him in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers, but he should still be considered no more than a high-upside RB2.
Posted: 12/14/2020 12:33 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake registered 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Week 14 against the New York Giants and he added one catch for 10 yards on his only target.
Huddle Up: Drake had some mid-season injuries and he struggled a bit in the middle of the season, with talk of Chase Edmonds perhaps carving into his workload. He put an end to that, and is back as the bona fide No. 1 RB for the Cardinals heading into Week 15 and beyond.
Posted: 12/13/2020 4:55 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake is active for Week 14's game against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: Drake had been listed as questionable on the injury report after logging one full practice session and two limited practice sessions during the week. He can be viewed as a No. 2 or flex option in fantasy leagues this week even though he has a difficult matchup versus the Giants' rushing defense.