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Kenyan Drake Unable to Shake Gore’s Corpse; Still Intriguing Fantasy Buy Low

Though a vastly superior talent, Kenyan Drake cannot seem to shake free from a committee with the corpse of Frank Gore. Drake’s finished with serviceable 8.1 an 15.0 FPs in the first two weeks, but disappeared for just 2.0 in Week 3. With odd game flow, Drake logged just 5 rushes for a paltry three yards, while adding two catches for 7 more yards. Gore, who drew the “start,” was equally unimpressive, with 12 yards on 6 carries. Still, the ageless one is clearly a major part of this offense, which lowers the weekly floor of Drake. 

Drake made our original “Overpriced Avoids” list, yet earned his way off with a highly impressive preseason in which he racked up 149 total yards on 20 touches (5 catches). In fact, Drake’s always flashed when provided the opportunity, posting the most yards after contact per attempt (4.29) ever recorded by PFF, and scoring as the RB4 when given 20+ touches.

Even still, HC Adam Gase appears reluctant to give him the featured role. Though Drake has the talent to still put up big numbers on just 12-15 touches, his ceiling and floor are a lot lower if Gore continues to vulture volume. Both backs benefit from Ryan Tannehill‘s impressive start to the season, and Drake is an intriguing “Buy Low” following this dud. He spanked the Patriots for 193 yards on 30 touches last year, and New England just got spanked by the Lions and Kerryon Johnson on the ground. Even amidst the frustration, Drake feels likely to turn this around, beginning this week.

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