Death, taxes, and Kenyan Drake being drafted way too high in fantasy football are the only guaranteed things in this cruel life.
Drake’s average draft position has sky-rocketed all the way up to the end of the first round in PPR formatted leagues. Drafting him this high is just about as bad as taking back your cheating ex that just had a train run up on her. Would you let her fool you again? If so, yeah go ahead and draft Drake so nobody else has to.
Drake was expected to be handed the keys to the backfield in Miami for the first time in his career back in 2018. The hype behind these expectations, and only having 80-year-old Frank Gore standing in his way of a starting role, fueled his unreasonably high ADP.
Gore ended up taking over that backfield by week six. Fantasy owners believing in Drake were left in limbo.
Just two years later, Drake is back in a very similar situation. This time, however, he now has to compete with a stud in the backfield that isn’t going gray. Last season, third-year running back Chase Edmonds was electric, serving as David Johnson’s primary backup.
He averaged a whopping 5 yards per carry on the year, and showed off his true potential in week seven against the New York Giants in his first NFL game with a full starter’s workload. He exploded for 150 total yards and THREE touchdowns. Edmonds suffered a season ending hamstring injury during the next game which forced the Cards to trade for Drake. As the only healthy back on the roster, Drake took hold of the backfield and didn’t look back.
It’s fair to assume that a healthy Edmonds isn’t going away anytime soon, so expecting Drake to completely dominate the touches in that backfield is simply ignorant. Drafting a guy who will likely be part of a running back committee, rather than a guaranteed workhorse, would be detrimental to nearly any fantasy team.
If you’re that sold on getting shares of the Cardinal’s backfield this season, take a late-round flyer on Edmonds and save yourself from the frustration and heartbreak that Drake would bring you.