Miami Backfield

Who:

Kenyan Drake | Frank Gore | Kalen Ballage

What:

What appeared to be a Fantasy pot of gold as far as opportunity is concerned for Kenyan Drake has quickly become quite the headache.

Adam Gase’s relationship with Kenyan Drake reminds me of upgrading to a new iPhone every year regardless of the fact that the phone you have in your pocket is more than sufficient to get the job done. Even though Drake spent weeks 13-17 of last year as one of the best RBs in the league as he averaged over 118 yards per game and finished as Pro Football Focus’ #1 elusive back during that span Gase went out and signed Frank Gore. It seems like the Dolphins were backed into a corner after Damien Williams got hurt and failed to see what we all saw: Kenyan Drake is a good running back. When asked why Gase named both Gore and Drake “co-starters” he simply said what we were all thinking: “to be an asshole.” Is Gase off base here or are the Dolphins on to something as Drake has never rushed for more than 150 attempts in a season college or pro?

Frank Gore comes to his hometown of Miami to finish his career…..we think. Legends never die and neither does Frank Gore’s role in whatever backfield he joins.  His acquisition was framed as an addition of vocal leadership to the locker room. In Indy last year Gore ran for 961 yards on 261 rushes for a depleted and defeated Colts squad. Make no mistake Gore isn’t going away no matter how annoyed you and I are about it.

Kalen Ballage is an interesting player and a very exciting prospect but early tales of pissing off QB Ryan Tannehill and coach Adam Gase have us steering clear from Ballage in all but maybe dynasty formats.

Where:

Kenyan Drake ADP: 4.03 Frank Gore ADP: 14.03 Kalen Ballage ADP: Undrafted

Drake is costing a pretty penny for a guy that Miami shows little confidence in to be a workhorse back. And even if they didn’t seem reluctant to make him an every down player the Dolphins were ranked dead last in rushing attempts last year!

Gore’s ADP, while more palatable, is still not something I want any part of. His YPC plummeted to a career low last year at 3.7 and the Dolphins O-Line won’t be doing him any favors as they are ranked #20 by PFF.

I am fading Gore and Drake and stashing Ballage as a guy who could emerge later in the year with some value due to injuries or knowing the Dolphins, a trade!

When:

This backfield is likely to be a split for the majority of the season unless injuries to Gore free up work for Drake or vice versa.

Why:

Given the scarcity at the running back position and how much hype surrounds a player like Kenyan Drake, one should become familiar with this backfield in case they are stuck in the 4th round deciding between Drake and other potential breakout fantasy running backs

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