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Kenyan Drake made a name for himself in his Cardinals debut

New Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake had a strong start to his debut in Week 9. We break down the fantasy implications.

Running Back Kenyan Drake of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against cornerback Jimmie Ward of the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on October 31, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kenyan Drake final stats, Week 9

It was a monster debut for Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake. He finished the night with 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and another 52 receiving yards on four receptions. It was a huge debut following the Monday trade, and puts Drake firmly on the radar alongside David Johnson and Chase Edmonds. Once Johnson and Edmonds are healthy, it becomes a difficult situation to sort through from a fantasy football perspective. They’ll have one of the deeper backfields and that makes it difficult to know who to start on a weekly basis in fantasy football.

The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Kenyan Drake on Monday, and he’s off to a strong start 72 hours later. In the first half of his debut against the San Francisco 49ers, Drake has ten rushes for 70 yards and a touchdown, along with one seven-yard reception. He broke off a 36 yard run on the first play of the game, and found the end zone that same drive.

UPDATE: The Cardinals just scored a touchdown with 9:01 left in the third quarter. Drake helped key it with a pair of receptions. He now has 78 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards, leading the Cardinals in both categories.

The Cardinals traded a conditional draft pick for Drake on Monday to create some depth due to injuries. David Johnson had missed Week 8 with an ankle injury after playing only a handful of snaps the week before. Then, Chase Edmonds injured his hamstring and left the game. It left Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris as the team’s only healthy backs.

Edmonds was ruled out for Thursday, and Johnson was declared questionable before being deactivated.

Fantasy football analysis: Kenyan Drake, David Johnson, Chase Edmonds

The Cardinals are going to have crazy backfield depth once Johnson and Edmonds return. From a fantasy perspective, it’s tough tell what this might mean. Johnson has been the go-to guy, but Edmonds has looked good, and now Drake is looking good. This could be the backfield where fantasy consistency goes to die. I honestly don’t know what to project of this group so owners are going to have to wait and see what comes with a healthy backfield.