Miami Dolphins: 3 Best Performances in Week 8 Loss vs Houston Texans

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Kenyan Drake

Not much has gone right for the Miami Dolphins in 2018. Their quarterback has been basically all month. They have had injury after injury in the wide receiver room and along the offensive line. The supposed strength of the team — the pass rushers — haven’t effectively caused the chaos they should. Linebackers can’t stop the run or cover. It’s been a mess across the board.

One of the lone bright spots for the team has been a semi-effective run game. The two-headed beast of Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake has worked well this season when called upon. The usage has varied from game-to-game, and has been questionable at times, but that’s a discussion for another time.

For now, the focus should be on Kenyan Drake. I’ve been vocal about being down on Drake from a fantasy perspective this season, and those fears have largely been realized. However, that was not the case Thursday night. Along with DeVante Parker, Drake turned in the best performance he’s had all season.

It wasn’t Drake’s highest rushing performance of the season — only 58 yards on 12 carries. It also wasn’t his best receiving performance — two receptions for 37 yards. But it was a great all-around performance, nearing 100 total yards and scoring two big touchdowns. The team’s only touchdowns on the game.

The addition of Frank Gore has cut into Drake’s usage, and that shows no signs of stopping. But if Drake can turn in more games like the one he had Thursday, his fantasy fortunes may turn around. Quite frankly, with all the injuries the Miami Dolphins play-makers have suffered this season, they desperately need more games like this out of Drake.