Kenyan Drake Waiver Wire Week 7: Fantasy outlook for Raiders RB

After he posted RB1 numbers in Week 6, should fantasy managers target Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake on the Week 7 waiver wire?

The Las Vegas Raiders’ organization underwent quite the shake-up last week with the ousting of former head coach Jon Gruden. With interim head coach Rich Bisaccia at the helm, former Cardinals and Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake had a bit of a Week 6 renaissance. Is Drake worth adding on the fantasy football waiver wire?

Kenyan Drake Waiver Wire: Don’t point chase!

If you scour the fantasy football universe for weekly waiver wire columns, you will see a common theme — a list of the players who scored a lot of fantasy points the previous week. When it comes to last week’s fantasy points, to quote Wade Barrett, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. No matter how hard you try, you can’t get them.

Is Kenyan Drake’s Week 6 effort a harbinger of things to come?

Through the first three weeks of the season, Drake’s usage was looking very promising. He saw 17 targets and 21 carries during that span. Combined with Josh Jacobs’ injury, it looked as if Drake might make a push towards weekly RB3 value.

Instead, Drake was completely marginalized. He didn’t see a single target in Weeks 4 and 5 and carried the ball a grand total of 3 times.

Since playing a season-high 71% of the snaps in Week 2, Drake’s snap share has decreased every game. Then, in Week 6, Drake appeared to have a bit of a renaissance. The new coach made Peyton Barber inactive, and Drake had his best fantasy performance of the season with 21.3 PPR fantasy points. Unfortunately, it’s just a mirage.

Ain’t [stuff] changed with Drake

Any fantasy managers that were forced to insert Drake into their Week 6 lineups were rewarded. Say thank you. But don’t do it again.

Drake played 12 offensive snaps, the same as the week prior. He touched the ball 6 times. While that’s an increase from the previous two weeks, no player touching the ball 6 times is worth a spot on fantasy rosters. There was no discernable difference in Drake’s usage from Week 5 to Week 6. The only difference is Drake found the end zone twice.

Kenyan Drake is not a priority waiver wire add

Having said all that, you should not completely disregard Drake. He’s probably still the primary beneficiary in the event of a Jacobs injury, so you can roster Drake as a handcuff (or in deeper leagues). That’s just about all he’s good for, though, and that’s not even a guarantee. For all we know, a Jacobs injury could just lead to Barber being active again.

In fact, Jalen Richard has played just 6 fewer snaps than Drake over the past two weeks after returning from injury in Week 5. Even if Jacobs went down again, fantasy managers might not feel comfortable starting Drake as the Raiders could easily deploy a three-man committee of Barber, Drake, and Richard.

If you’re a fantasy manager looking for some running back depth or a spot starter to cover all the byes and injuries we’re dealing with in Week 7, Drake is not your man. He is nothing more than a low-upside stash in deeper leagues. Spend your FAAB elsewhere on the Week 7 waiver wire.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.