Is Kalen Ballage Getting First-Team Reps a Concern for Kenyan Drake?

News reports out of Dolphins camp have Kalen Ballage taking first-team reps, potentially affecting Kenyan Drake’s status as a surefire RB2. Is this typical offseason noise, or a changing of the guard in Miami? Our experts weigh in.

Kalen Ballage is getting first-team reps. Is that a concern for Kenyan Drake?

Chris Gimino: No. Ballage was always going to take first-team reps, and this remains a potentially volatile split-duty situation. Ballage is a player to target deep in drafts if you fade RB early, but this particular news item should be considered #asexpected.

JSURab: Drake in the fourth round is just way too high of a price to pay. I see this backfield as split between Drake and Ballage. The Dolphins have one of the worst offensive lines in football, so it’s not a situation I want to invest in anyways. With this news, I expect Ballage will start to be selected earlier which will lead me to just fade this backfield in drafts.

STLCards: I’m always worried about Drake. We have absolutely no clarity on how this backfield is going to shake out. This news will probably bump up Ballage’s ADP quite a bit over the next few weeks, too. Drake was already going at point in drafts that was too much of a premium. As such, I’ll have limited exposure to both, though Drake becomes more appealing if his ADP starts to sag.

Beermakersfan: I’m not going to panic too early with training camp just kicking off. It is certainly eye opening, but I believe in the talent of Drake so I’m not moving him down my rankings. Ballage will certainly be involved but I still think Drake can outperform his current draft price. He put up 1,000 yards and 9 TDs in a super slow, terrible offense in 2018 and I think this offense will be much better than people expect in 2019.

JoshADHD: I’ve been worried the entire offseason. This starting RB job wasn’t a slam-dunk for Drake at all. Ballage has real talent himself, and deserves plenty of touches. I’ve been hammering Ballage in rounds 13-15 all summer.

Erik Beimfohr: I was always worried about Drake. I’ve been a fan of his talent, but the price has been way too steep for me to acquire a player with the volume and playing time questions marks he has on a team as bad as the Dolphins. Ballage has been the preferred target of mine between the two with his later round ADP, and I only expect that to continue moving forward.

To find more Best Ball advice and analysis from our experts, check out the Expert Survey: Picks Edition and the Expert Survey: Strategy Edition.

About the Author

New to DFS?

Be sure to click through our links and use our exclusive promo codes to receive the industry's best sign-up bonuses, including free access to our premium content.

New RotoGrinders Sports Betting Section!

Are you a DFS player who wants to get into sports betting?

If you have access to New Jersey sports betting, then use our DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and our FanDuel Sportsbook promo code to get the best bonuses in the NJ industry.

Those who can take advantage of PA online sports betting should use our SugarHouse PA promo code to get the best sports betting bonus in Pennsylvania.

If you don't yet have access to an online sportsbook, check out Monkey Knife Fight, a prop betting platform available in 31 states. Use our Monkey Knife Fight promo code to get a fantastic bonus.

RotoGrinders.com is the home of the daily fantasy sports community. Our content, rankings, member blogs, promotions and forum discussion all cater to the players that like to create a new fantasy team every day of the week. Our goal is to help all of our members make more money playing daily fantasy sports!

Bet with your head, not over it!
Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler