News: 2 days agoDrake is expected to lead the Raiders backfield Sunday against the Dolphins with teammate Josh Jacobs (ankle) listed as questionable, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
Spin: Drake got the start and 71 percent snap share in a Week 2 win over Pittsburgh, taking seven carries for nine yards and five catches for 46 yards in Jacobs' absence. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber finished the afternoon with a team-high 13 carries for 32 yards, with eight of those coming in the fourth quarter, including five on the final drive. While Drake is the reliable choice for snaps and touches, it's possible Barber remains a thorn in his side with a role that includes clock-killing work and potentially short-yardage.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Drake's value went the wrong direction during the offseason, as he's headed from feature back duties in Arizona to a complementary role behind Josh Jacobs in Las Vegas. Last season, Drake finished no lower than 12th among RBs in snaps (594), carries (239), rushing yards (955) and TDs (10), while ranking second in the NFL in carries inside the 5 (21) and third in OTD (13.4). He won't come close to that usage with the Raiders. Drake was limited to 31 targets in 2020 but totaled 139 the prior two seasons in Miami and Arizona. Though his receiving efficiency hasn't been good (career 5.5 YPT on 226 targets), Drake figures to return to a more prominent role in that department, with Jacobs handling most of the carries and goal-line work. Drake is a PPR flex and very good insurance policy.