The Miami Dolphins are selling off every asset they can, so it should be no surprise that running back Kenyan Drake appears to unofficially be on the market. The team has had trade conversations involving Drake, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He included an obvious “the team has indicated they would trade him if the right offer presented itself,” so clearly the right offer has not presented itself.
It’s been a rough season for Drake as the team’s starting back. He has rushed 41 times for 153 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Kalen Ballage and Mark Walton have played behind him, but this past weekend the team actually started Walton over Drake. Drake finished the game as the effective starter, but Walton was getting the early looks.
Fantasy football analysis, Dolphins RBs Kenyan Drake, Mark Walton, Kalen Ballage
Drake was a low upside guy coming into the season. He was expected to get starter volume, but considering he couldn’t beat out Frank Gore for the starting job last year, expectations had to be lowered.
Drake moving would open the door for Walton to take on a clear starting role. His upside would be limited this year, but he would be a volume play and a popular waiver add if you haven’t pounced yet. He’s only owned in 2.5 percent of ESPN leagues right now, so feel free to jump on him. And for the early going, he would be a decent DFS value play.
As for Drake? It really depends on where he lands. There are some places where he could be a starter, but for most teams he likely would be competing as a complementary option. His fantasy value is low right now, but moving out of a starting role might lower it even further regardless of the new team.