We are getting closer to the NFL Draft by the day. The anticipation for the start of the season will slowly build up throughout the summer. During this time, we are going to see a lot of players rise in value. We will also see some players fall off the map or get overlooked. Those players will tend to be promoted as sleepers by the start of the season.
Generally, sleepers are undervalued players who present some upside in fantasy by either their talent or situation. Since they are being overlooked, they are usually not considered locks to hit their potential. Some of these players will break out, but many will leave more to be desired.
Kenyan Drake, RB ARI
The Cardinals traded for Drake mid-season last year when the team was decimated with injuries at the running back position. He stepped in and immediately produced, rushing for 110 yards and one touchdown against the 49ers in week nine. During his nine-week tenure with his new team, Drake was RB4 with 159.4 PPR fantasy points. He averaged 19.9 fantasy points per game during that time span. His eight breakaway runs of 15 yards or more was a key driver to this total.
Obviously, the fantasy industry isn’t dead asleep on Drake, but the coals are hot with this guy and all we need is a little bit of lighter fluid for him to erupt. According to DLF’s ADP, he’s being drafted in the sixth round of startup drafts with a 62.67 ADP as the 25th running back off the board. This is excellent value considering how he performed down the stretch last season.
There’s some ambiguity in the air here. He’s set to be a free agent this off-season. Waters may get a little muddy if he’s on another team, since it seemed like he had the perfect marriage in Arizona. David Johnson is still on the roster and even if they wanted too, his contract might make it hard for the team to move on from him since he has $16.2 million in dead cap hanging over his head in 2020.
Cardinals GM, Steve Keim is at least interested in re-signing Drake this off-season. Arizona is the ideal spot for Drake. The chemistry he has with the offense only helps both parties. It’s safe to say that the Cardinals are going to attempt to re-sign Drake. There’s still a chance, though, that neither side comes to an agreement.