|ADP:||Round: 6, Pick: 9|
|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 210 lb.|
|Born:||January 26, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 3 (73)|
Though Drake will be working in the same backfield as Josh Jacobs this coming season, the Raiders' free-agent acquisition expects to "be used in a multitude of ways" by his new team, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Despite having Jacobs -- who's topped 1,000 rushing yards in each his first two NFL seasons -- atop their backfield depth chart, the Raiders were aggressive in pursuing Drake, giving him a two-year deal for $11 million guaranteed that includes up to $3.5 million in incentives. That's solid money in the current running back free agent market, which suggests that coach Jon Gruden will look to find different ways to use Drake as a chess piece in the Las Vegas offense. According to Drake, Gruden "was just head and shoulders above everybody in terms of interest in my ability to come in and be a playmaker in a lot of facets of the game." With that in mind, aside from providing the team will quality insurance against an injury to Jacobs, Drake's ability as a pass-catcher figures to keep him involved enough in the Raiders attack to merit PPR consideration, with the report suggesting that the team may even deploy Drake as a wide receiver at times.
Drake is signing a two-year, $11 million contract with the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The deal reportedly can go up to $14.5 million with incentives, though Drake could have a tough time putting up big numbers in a backfield that already has Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard. This is a tough landing spot for Drake's fantasy value, with Jacobs being a 2019 first-round pick who put up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons to start his career. Jacobs did drop from 4.8 YPC in 2019 to 3.9 in 2020, but Drake (4.0 YPC) suffered a similar fate in Arizona, where Chase Edmonds now sits atop the depth chart at RB for the time being.
Drake registered 36 yards on 10 carries while securing all three of his targets for 15 receiving yards during Sunday's 18-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Though Chris Streveler had his moments in relief of Kyler Murray (ankle) for roughly three-quarters of the contest, the upside of Arizona's offense was undoubtedly capped without a healthy Murray under center. Drake garnered 77 percent of the Cardinals' RB carries, but that doesn't carry as much weight given the pass-first game script Arizona was ushered into. The Cardinals never led in the second half, with the offense making just two trips into the red zone all day (one coming via a Jordan Hicks interception). Drake wraps up his first full season in Arizona with 955 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores over 239 attempts, along with 25 catches for 137 yards. The 26-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Chase Edmonds remains under contract with the Cardinals through 2021.
Drake carried 18 ties for 45 yards and a touchdown while catching both his targets for five additional yards during Sunday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Drake carried the mail after Chase Edmonds (hip) left the game in the second quarter, but he averaged just 2.5 yards per carry and did little as a pass catcher as well. He salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a leaping one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving him a career-high 10 touchdowns for the season. Although he's scored six times in the last six games, Drake has averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per carry each of the last two and will look to improve from a yardage perspective in next Saturday's matchup with the Rams.
Drake carried 10 times for 26 yards and caught both his targets for an additional 14 yards during Sunday's 33-26 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Drake managed just 2.6 yards per carry as his long gain went for just eight yards. He caught both passes thrown his way but didn't break off any big gains in that department either as he finished with just 40 scrimmage yards. Meanwhile, Chase Edmonds came through with 66 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches and split time with Drake on the most crucial drives in the second half. The latter had scored five touchdowns in the four games heading into this one and will look to bounce back next Saturday against the 49ers.
Drake will likely be in store for a heavier workload Sunday against the Eagles in the event Chase Edmonds (ankle) -- who is considered a game-day decision -- isn't available to play, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: When both Drake and Edmonds have been available this season, the Cardinals have favored a two-pronged approach to the backfield, with the former serving as the team's top ballcarrier and the latter representing the preferred pass-catching option. Edmonds' balky ankle may force the Cardinals to deviate from that plan, however, potentially opening the door for Drake to serve as a true bellcow for the first time all season. If that's the case, Drake should have a clear path to 20-plus touches, as the Cardinals' other depth options at the position -- Jonathan Ward, Eno Benjamin and practice-squad player D.J. Foster -- have combined to play just eight offensive snaps this season and don't appear to be serious challengers to steal work. Those contemplating using Drake in DFS contests or in season-long leagues will want to keep an eye on Edmonds' status, which should gain clarity when Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
Drake (hip) rushed 23 times for 80 yards and a touchdown while catching his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Drake was stuffed at the one-yard line on Arizona's opening drive, which ended with a turnover on downs after an incomplete pass on the ensuing play. He converted from the same distance against a significantly more tired Giants defense to put the Cardinals up 20-0 in the third quarter with his ninth rushing touchdown of the season and fifth in his last four games. Drake out-touched Chase Edmonds 24-11 in this one and should continue to lead Arizona's backfield in Week 15 against the Eagles.
Drake (hip) is active for Sunday's road game against the Giants.
Analysis: Drake made an appearance midweek on the Cardinals' injury report and wrapped it up with back-to-back limited sessions. A hip issue was to blame, but it won't stop him from suiting up Sunday, when he'll take on a Giants defense that has allowed 132.3 yards from scrimmage per game and 11 touchdowns to running back this season.
Drake (hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per the report, the same applies to top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (neck/back). The status of both key cogs in Arizona's offense will be officially confirmed prior to the first wave of kickoffs Sunday, with the Cardinals facing the Giants at 1:00 ET.
Drake (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, with coach Kliff Kingsbury suggesting he expects the running back to play, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Drake was added to the injury report Thursday, logging back-to-back limited practices to close out the week. He should be fine to handle his usual backfield role, taking the majority of carries while Chase Edmonds gets most of the playing time on passing snaps. Edmonds would be in line for a three-down workload if Drake makes an unexpected appearance on the inactive list before Sunday's 1 ET kickoff.
Drake (hip) is practicing Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Drake was a mid-week addition to the injury report, with limited participation in Thursday's session. His presence Friday suggests the hip issue isn't serious, but the Cardinals could still decide to list him with a game designation on their final injury report.
Drake (hip) was a listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Drake has contended with a number of injuries this season, including a slight ligament tear in his ankle that sidelined him Week 9. Having said that, he wasn't on Wednesday's report at all, so the hip injury may have occurred in practice. As a result, Drake's status will be one to monitor as the weekend draws closer.
Drake carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: While the yardage wasn't impressive, Drake's four-yard TD run in the fourth quarter brought the Cards to within a field goal, before the Rams pulled away. He's already set a new career high in rushing yards this season, and Sunday's score tied his career high with eight rushing touchdowns. Drake could be productive again in Week 14 against a Giants defense that stifled Russell Wilson in an upset win over Seattle, but which gave up 110 scrimmage yards and a TD to Chris Carson.
Drake rushed 22 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while catching three of four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Drake capped Arizona's first drive with a one-yard score one play after being denied a touchdown by a stingy spot. His attempt at a second one-yard plunge on the final play of the first half was ruled just short of the goal line, but there was no doubt about Drake's one-yard touchdown to tie the score at 17 apiece in the fourth quarter. The running back's efforts ultimately weren't enough on a quiet afternoon for quarterback Kyler Murray, but Drake now has three rushing touchdowns in his last two games heading into a Week 13 date with the Rams.
Drake rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of five targets for 31 yards in the Cardinals' 28-21 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night.
Analysis: Drake's modest rushing tally led the Cardinals for the night, although the fifth-year back did reward fantasy managers with a two-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. The 26-year-old was coming off his second 100-yard effort of the campaign in Week 10 against the Bills, but Seattle's run defense performed up to its usual elite standards and held Drake to a season-low yardage total in the process. Drake appeared to move around well on the previously gimpy ankle he's been nursing back to health, and he'll now have extra time before having to face the Patriots in a Week 12 road battle on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Drake (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Drake had his practice reps capped in each session before he returned to action this past Sunday against the Bills. In that contest, he racked up 109 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. This week, Drake kicked it off with back-to-back limited listings before upgrading to full Wednesday. Assuming he's all the way back on the health front, he should be poised to handle an offensive snap share between 65 and 70 percent, instead of the 52 percent he handled Week 10.
Drake (ankle) was limited at Tuesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: After releasing a practice estimate Monday, the Cardinals took the field Tuesday, when Drake maintained his listing for a second straight day. He logged limited sessions last week before handling 52 percent of the snaps on offense this past Sunday against the Bills, racking up 17 touches for 109 yards from scrimmage in the process. Meanwhile, backup running back Chase Edmonds notched 11 touches for 77 total yards on a 49-percent share of those plays. Assuming Arizona has Drake available Thursday at Seattle, a similar breakdown of RB reps is the likely outcome.
Drake (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Drake managed to play through his lingering ankle injury during Sunday's 32-30 win over the Bills, in which he logged 16 carries for 100 yards (his second 100-yard rushing game of the year) and caught his only target for nine yards. His effectiveness upon returning to action, plus the fact that he wasn't held out of Monday's practice entirely, seem to bode well for Drake's chances of suiting up in Seattle on Thursday.
Drake carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and caught his only target for nine yards in Sunday's 32-30 win over the Bills.
Analysis: After missing last week's game with an ankle injury, Drake returned to the lineup and put together his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Chase Edmunds still saw 11 touches to Drake's 17, and duo will likely continue to share the load in the Cardinals' backfield in Week 11 against a porous Seahawks defense that just gave up three rushing TDs to the Rams.
Drake (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: Benefitting from the Cardinals' Week 8 bye, Drake will miss just one contest as a result of the slight ligament tear in his ankle that he suffered Week 7 versus the Seahawks. Whether or not he can handle his typical workload remains to be seen. Through the first seven outings of the season, Drake averaged 18 touches per game while backup Chase Edmonds received 7.9 per game. There's a chance the split between Drake and Edmonds is more even if the former's health still is somewhat compromised.
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