Fantasy Fallout: Who To Buy & Who To Sell With Kenyan Drake Landing In Arizona (Edmonds, Walton & More

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It should come as no surprise that the Dolphins dealt RB Kenyan Drake ahead of Tuesday’s NFL Trade Deadline, though seeing him land in Arizona may have caught some off guard. Let’s take a look at the fantasy fallout for both teams moving forward:

Arizona Cardinals

With David Johnson still sidelined and Chase Edmonds looking at potentially missing the next few weeks, the team needed to add depth for the short-term. Whether or not Drake qualifies as a “quality” short-term fill-in remains to be seen, though his stock can only go up getting out of Miami. The new coaching staff never got behind him, as he limped to the following line this season:

  • Rushing – 47 carries, 174 yards (3.7 YPC), 0 TD
  • Receiving – 22 catches, 174 yards, 0 TD

Drake has always been a quality receiver out of the backfield, including 53 receptions last season. How up-to-speed he’ll be for Week 9, with the Cardinals playing on Thursday, remains to be seen and the matchup against the 49ers is less than ideal (they are allowing the second fewest points per week to opposing RB). At best he’s a FLEX option, but for most he’s not going to be a usable option.

Long-term he should settle in behind David Johnson, who will remain the best option for the team. It’s the outlook for Edmonds that gets cloudier, who will share the leftover touches with Drake once he’s healthy. Of course you never know when another injury may strike and he showed just how good he could be when given the opportunity, so he’s worth stashing if you have the bench space. However, if we learn this is closer to accurate those desperate for a roster spot can cut bait and move on:

Fantasy Fallout:

  • David Johnson – Remains the top option, and potential RB1
  • Kenyan Drake – Could be short-term play, but long-term he’s more of a handcuff
  • Chase Edmonds – Worth stashing, just in case, but with a multi-week absence potentially looming those desperate for the roster spot could move on

Miami Dolphins

It already appeared that the Dolphins were going to give Mark Walton the opportunity to carry the load, but the trade of Drake solidifies it. Walton has earned the opportunity, producing well over the past two weeks:

  • vs. WAS – 6 carries for 32 yards (5.3 YPC)
  • at BUF – 14 carries for 66 yards (4.7 YPC)

He added 5 catches for 43 yards against the Redskins. With only Kalen Ballage behind him there’s a good chance 14 touches is his floor moving forward, though game flow could work against him at times. That limitation is going to keep him more in the low-end RB2/FLEX range, so consider him more of a solid depth piece as opposed to someone to lean on (especially since he was generally viewed as a committee back prior to being selected in the 4th round of the 2018 draft by the Bengals).

Fantasy Fallout – Consider Walton a solid RB2/FLEX option for the remainder of the season

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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