Drake rushed the ball 16 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bengals. He added two receptions on five targets for 19 yards.
Analysis: Drake had been inactive for each of Baltimore's last three games, but he got back in action with J.K. Dobbins (rest) sidelined. His workload expanded further when Gus Edwards exited late in the first quarter, and Drake took advantage by contributing significantly in the form of an 18-yard run and a four-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Depending on Edwards' status, Drake could have a role in Baltimore's wild-card round rematch against the Bengals.
Jan 8, 2023 7:47 PM EST
Drake is inactive for Sunday's night's game against the Steelers, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.
Analysis: Drake remains the odd man out in the Ravens' backfield in Week 17, which leaves J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to lead the team's rushing attack versus Pittsburgh, with Justice Hill in reserve.
Jan 1, 2023 4:11 PM EST
Drake (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Falcons.
Analysis: Now that the Baltimore backfield has returned to full strength in recent weeks with both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards moving past their respective injuries, Drake could begin to find himself on the inactive list on a regular basis the rest of the way. Though Drake has often received carries ahead of third-stringer Justice Hill when one or both of Dobbins or Edwards have been absent this season, Hill will be active over Drake for the second week in a row due to his ability to contribute on special teams.
Dec 24, 2022 9:11 AM EST
Drake is inactive for Saturday's game against the Browns, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Drake is the odd man out in the Ravens' backfield in Week 15, which leaves J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill to handle the team's backfield duties versus Cleveland.
Dec 17, 2022 12:12 PM EST
Drake carried the ball once for one yard and secured both of his targets for one yard in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Drake operated as the Ravens' No. 3 running back in the contest behind both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. With just three touches on 11 offensive snaps, Drake was a complete non-factor Sunday while Dobbins played 26 snaps and Edwards was on the field for 21 snaps. Going forward, it's likely that Baltimore uses a similar rotation out of the backfield, which would diminish Drake's fantasy value. The veteran should not be trusted for fantasy purposes when the Ravens visit the Browns in Week 15.
Dec 13, 2022 7:46 PM EST
Drake had seven carries for 29 yards along with two catches for 17 yards in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Drake paced the backfield in snap share at 47 percent and was the team's most effective running back overall, out-rushing Gus Edwards by 17 yards on just one more carry. The offense shifted after Lamar Jackson went out with a knee injury and backup Tyler Huntley ultimately led the team in rushing. Though Drake was the top back Sunday, Edwards could continue to push for the lead role as he gets closer to 100 percent.
Dec 6, 2022 7:32 AM EST
Drake carried the ball twice for two yards and failed to secure his only target in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: As expected, Drake saw a major reduction in his role Sunday with teammate Gus Edwards active for the contest. The veteran's two carries and two rushing yards were his lowest totals of the season in each category. Meanwhile, Edwards dominated in touches out of the backfield, handling 16 carries in his first game action since Week 8. With J.K. Dobbins (knee) nearing a return from injured reserve, it is fair to assume that Drake should likely see his role diminish even further as a change-of-pace back. Heading in to a Week 13 matchup with Denver, the 28-year-old is extremely difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.
Nov 29, 2022 8:09 PM EST
Drake is expected to move back into a reserve role out of the backfield for Sunday's game against the Jaguars with Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) active for the contest, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.
Analysis: While Edwards was sidelined for Baltimore's past two games, Drake started and played at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps on both occasions, combining to produce 139 rushing yards and two scores on 34 carries to go with four receptions for 23 yards. Edwards isn't expected to face any major limitations in his return to the lineup Sunday and should settle back in as the Ravens' clear lead option on the ground, relegating Drake and Justice Hill to change-of-pace work behind him.
Nov 27, 2022 8:53 AM EST
Drake rushed 10 times for 46 yards and brought in two of four targets for seven yards in the Ravens' 13-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Drake once again handled lead-back duties with Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) sidelined, but the Ravens saw Lamar Jackson pace them in rush attempts with 11. That led to a relatively quiet performance for Drake, who was also stymied, save for a game-long 29-yard run, by a Panthers defense that had been very susceptible to the run in recent games. If Edwards is back in action for a Week 12 road matchup against the Jaguars, Drake will undoubtedly fall back into a timeshare with his teammate.
Nov 20, 2022 4:41 PM EST
Drake is expected to retain a lead role out of the Baltimore backfield in Sunday's game against the Panthers while Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) is inactive for a second straight contest, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Prior to the Ravens' Week 10 bye, Edwards sat out Baltimore's 27-13 win over New Orleans on Nov. 7. In that contest, Drake played 66 percent of the Ravens' snaps on offense and carried 24 times for 93 yards and two scores to go with two catches for 16 yards, while Justice Hill served as the clear No. 2 option and finished with 19 yards on five touches over a 26 percent snap share. A similar distribution of the playing time and touches could be on tap Week 11, as the Ravens enter the contest as a heavy home favorite against the 3-7 Panthers. With that in mind, Drake looks to be a solid option in both DFS and season-long leagues this week.
Nov 20, 2022 8:47 AM EST
Drake appears likely to serve as the Ravens' lead running back in Sunday's game against the Panthers with Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) listed as questionable but trending toward sitting out, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Rapoport notes that the Ravens could choose to keep Edwards active if he checks out better than anticipated during a pregame workup, but even if the running back suits up, Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests Edwards may be available only in a "limited manner." With that in mind, Drake seems to be the most likely option to lead the Baltimore backfield in touches, after he carried 24 times for 93 yards and two scores while adding 16 yards on two receptions in the absence of Edwards during the Ravens' Week 9 win over the Saints.
Nov 20, 2022 5:36 AM EST
Drake rushed the ball 24 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 27-13 win over the Saints. He added two receptions for 16 yards.
Analysis: In the absence of Gus Edwards (hamstring) and J.K. Dobbins (knee), Drake dominated carries out of the Baltimore backfield. Though he averaged only 3.9 yards per carry, he managed two rushes of more than 10 yards and also tallied touchdowns of one and three yards. Despite the strong performance, Drake's value could be in jeopardy moving forward as the Baltimore backfield will have the chance to get healthy with the team heading into their Week 10 bye.
Nov 7, 2022 9:22 PM EST
Drake is expected to replace Gus Edwards (hamstring) -- who is listed as doubtful -- as Baltimore's lead option on the ground in Monday's game against the Saints, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.
Analysis: After Edwards exited early in the Ravens' Week 8 win over the Buccaneers with the hamstring injury, Drake stepped in to play 57 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps while finishing with 62 yards on seven carries to go with four receptions for five yards and a touchdown. In addition to his expected role as the Ravens' top ballcarrier, Drake will likely continue to see some involvement as a pass catcher, though Justice Hill projects to have a role as Baltimore's main change-of-pace option. Even so, with Edwards likely out of the lineup and with six teams on bye Week 9, Drake looks to be a reasonable flex option in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Nov 6, 2022 6:40 AM EST
Drake rushed seven times for 62 yards and brought in all four targets for five yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 27-22 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Analysis: Gus Edwards exited the game early with a hamstring injury that apparently doesn't seem serious per Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun, which gave Drake some extra opportunities that he put to good use. The veteran finished second to Edwards in rushing yards and also recorded a five-yard game-tying touchdown grab in the third quarter for second score of the season overall. If Edwards is limited in any way for the Week 9 road matchup versus the Saints on Monday night, Nov. 7, Drake could certainly be a beneficiary once again.
Oct 27, 2022 9:51 PM EST
Drake rushed 11 times for five yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Browns.
Analysis: After rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against the Giants in the previous game, Drake was bottled up by the Browns. Gus Edwards (knee) made his season debut and was far more effective on the ground, scoring two touchdowns while racking up 66 yards on 16 carries. Edwards should function as Baltimore's top rushing option for the remainder of J.K. Dobbins' (knee) absence, while Drake will likely be limited to a change-of-pace role.
Oct 24, 2022 12:05 PM EST
With J.K. Dobbins (knee) on IR, Drake, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards will handle the Ravens' backfield duties Sunday against the Browns, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Edwards was activated from the PUP list on Saturday following a lengthy layoff, so it's unclear how much volume he'll see in his return to the mix. Last week against the Giants, with Hill sidelined, Drake racked up 119 yards and a TD on 10 carries in relief of Dobbins, so he should have an opportunity to build off that effort this Sunday, though once Edwards is able to re-prove his health he's a candidate to claim a solid portion of the team's early-down touches.
Oct 23, 2022 9:34 AM EST
With J.K. Dobbins (knee) out Sunday against the Browns, Drake and Justice Hill are in line to see added touches in the Ravens' Week 7 backfield, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per Hensley, it's unclear if Gus Edwards (knee) will be activated from the PUP list ahead of Sunday's contest, but with Dobbins unavailable and reportedly expected to undergo a knee scope that could cost him 4-6 weeks, according Adam Schefter of ESPN, Drake has a chance to make a fantasy impact in the coming weeks, on the heels of racking up 119 yards and a TD in 10 carries in relief of Dobbins in this past Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Oct 21, 2022 1:01 PM EST
Drake is in line to lead the Ravens backfield Sunday versus the Browns after J.K. Dobbins (knee) was ruled out for Week 7.
Analysis: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Dobbins is slated to have arthroscopic knee surgery in the near future that will sideline him for 4-to-6 weeks. As a result, Drake could be the lead runner for a run-heavy offense for the foreseeable future, even if Gus Edwards (knee) is activated from the reserve/PUP list. His current healthy competitors for touches on the active roster are Justice Hill and Mike Davis, and with both active this past Sunday at the Giants, Drake still reeled off 127 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD on 11 touches in the midst of Dobbins' early departure.
Oct 21, 2022 12:31 PM EST
Drake rushed the ball 10 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Giants. He added one reception for eight yards.
Analysis: Drake was involved throughout the game but served as the team's primary rusher in the second half after J.K. Dobbins was held out with knee tightness. Drake was a driving force behind the offense, as he ripped off two 30-yard rushes -- one of which went for a touchdown -- and another 21-yard gain. He entered Sunday's matchup having averaged only 3.1 yards per carry and no rushes of more than 20 yards across 21 carries, so it's unclear at best whether he may be able to replicate these results moving forward. His opportunity will also be -- at least in part -- dictated by the health of both Dobbins and Gus Edwards (knee).
Oct 16, 2022 4:34 PM EST
Drake rushed four times for 26 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Drake was back on the active roster following Justice Hill's (ankle) injury last week against Buffalo. The veteran backup leapfrogged fellow veteran Mike Davis to serve as J.K. Dobbins' (eight carries for 44 yards) primary backup. It was interesting to note that it was Drake, and not Dobbins, who was used as the primary back on Baltimore's game-winning drive in the final two minutes of action. Barring an undisclosed injury, this may have simply been a matchup play by the Ravens' coaching staff. Dobbins is still the preferred fantasy rushing option (not named Lamar Jackson) heading into next Sunday's matchup with the Giants.
Oct 9, 2022 11:27 PM EST
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