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Kenyan Drake struggles in Week 13, but entrenched as Cardinals starting RB

The Cardinals struggled in Week 13, but it appears we got some clarity about the team’s backfield. We break down the fantasy football implications moving forward.

Running back Kenyan Drake of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals lost an ugly one to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, getting thumped 34-7 in a game in which they never really had much of a chance. Jared Goff had his best game of the year and the Rams defense smothered the Cardinals all day long.

Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake had a poor performance, rushing 13 times for 31 yards and adding two receptions on five targets for 20 yards — good for 7.10 DraftKings fantasy points. It was a relatively ineffective day for Drake, but there was some good news for fantasy football players rostering Drake. Chase Edmonds made his return in the backfield with Drake and David Johnson, and it was clear that Drake was the lead back. Edmonds got no touches, while Johnson had four rushing attempts and two receptions.

This game showed Drake is not simply the hot hand getting work. He struggled and the coaching staff did not try and shake things up back there. It would seem like Drake will get the rest of the season to impress Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals coaching staff. Considering Drake is a free agent after this season, it is not a surprising development the Cardinals want to get a look at him.

The Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14. Pittsburgh has given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. It’s not a great matchup, but it would appear we know Drake will get the bulk of the workload.