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Kenyan Drake signs transition tender, in line for starting RB job

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The Cardinals have their starting running back in place for the 2020 season. We break down the fantasy football implications for Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds.

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake runs for yards after the catch against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Late this past week, the Arizona Cardinals announced that running back Kenyan Drake had signed his one-year transition tag. He will earn $8,483,000 under the one-year deal.

The Cardinals acquired Drake from the Miami Dolphins prior to the trade deadline this past season after injuries knocked out David Johnson and Chase Edmonds. He made his debut on October 31st against the San Francisco 49ers and led the Cardinals in rushing for six of the eight games he was on the roster. In eight games, Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Drake is likely going to retain control of the starting role in 2020 now that the Cardinals have traded Johnson. Edmonds remains on the roster, so there will be some competition, but if Drake can build on his half season performance, he has a chance to be a fantasy standout.

Drake finished the 2019 season ranked 18th in total fantasy points and fantasy points per game. His average just with the Cardinals would have been top five in the league among fantasy running backs. Edmonds had a solid three week stretch from Week 5 to Week 7 before injury slowed him down.

In 2020, Drake is the back to own, and right now looks like an RB2 with a chance to climb into RB1 status. That depends in part on how Edmonds is used and how many snaps he takes from Drake. For the time being, Edmonds is a handcuff option with some upside. I suspect plenty of leagues will see Drake over-drafted for the time being. It depends on how you value him and if you think the Cardinals will take a step forward, but I think Drake will be modestly inflated in August fantasy drafts.