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RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

5-10, 214Born: 7-25-1995College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 3

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 31 8 28 1 3 3 48 0 0 13.6
9 vs TB 25 10 68 1 7 6 84 1 1 26.2
10 at BUF 29 12 106 1 5 5 32 0 0 19.8
11 vs WAS 46 8 42 0 9 6 74 1 0 17.6
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (12 / 106 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Saints have built a two-headed rushing attack that is quickly surpassing everyone else in the league. Kamara has come in and established himself from day 1 and shows no signs of slowing down. Kamara's biggest asset is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In a game where passing yards were a premium, Kamara was the only running back to register a catch. He caught all 5 of his targets and ranked only behind Michael Thomas in both yards and targets. Kamara's biggest plays came on the first drive of the second half. After taking the ball 19 yards off the right end and being pushed out of bounds on the 5-yard line, Kamara promptly took the next hand off the last 5 yards into the end zone with the exact same play on the next snap. Kamara had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, the most rushing attempts of his career, and a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive week.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (10 / 68 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)

Mark Ingram has been the lead back all season, but Kamara is quickly catching up. The rookie running back has taken almost every share of third down and passing game work from Ingram and is making the most of every opportunity. If there is one knock from the game today it was the fumble Kamara lost. This is the same issue that plagued Ingram last week and not something you want to do if you are looking to win the starting job. However, a 33-yard receiving touchdown will help to win you some points back. Kamara took the ball 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and then would not be denied by any defender on his way to the end zone. Kamara broke several tackles in route to the game's first offensive touchdown. His rushing touchdown came on a 6-yard score after a 33-yard rush by Ingram. It was interesting to see Kamara get the goal line work after Ingram did most of the work to get them down the field and already had 3 plays to rest between attempts. This may be a message sent by the coaching staff or could be a changing of the guard in the New Orleans backfield.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (8 / 28 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

The workload continues to heavily favor Mark Ingram, but Kamara continues to make the most of his touches. Ingram outpaced him in almost every category except for receiving yards today. Even with twice as many receptions, Kamara still doubled up on Ingram's yards through the air. The biggest stat to also go in his favor was not fumbling the ball as Ingram put it on the ground twice. Kamara was also given a gift of a touchdown today in a situation that rarely happens. After being stopped on third down in the red zone, the Bears jumped offside and nullified the successful field goal with a new set of downs. Kamara promptly took the ball 8-yards off the left end for a touchdown. This is normally Mark Ingram territory, but the Saints had lined up in a spread look and Kamara continues to play in more passing situations. He did not have much success on the ground outside of this play but did add a 34-yard reception for a critical first down.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (9 / 57 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Kamara saw a steep decline in his rushing attempts this week as he was outpaced by Ingram 22-9. The rookie running back is seeing a shift in third down and pass-catching work in his favor, however. Kamara saw 7 targets to Ingram's 5 and did a lot more damage overall. Kamara helped to set up a field goal in the 4th quarter with a 19-yard rush right through the middle of the defense. Kamara was not touched until he reached the secondary and this run helped to put the Saints back on top late in the game. His biggest pass play came on the Saints' first drive with a 24-yard catch and run down the sideline. Unfortunately, this drive ended with a Brees' interception, but Kamara continues to show his value in the passing game. The Saints have established that Mark Ingram is going to be the lead back and see the majority of the carries, but Kamara is the clear second back and will continue to see more work if his productivity continues.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (10 / 75 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

It could be argued the Kamara actually had a better day running the ball than Mark Ingram, but the coaching staff favored Ingram in touches 2 to 1. The rookie back averaged 7.5 yards per carry and ripped off a 21-yard run off the left end. Kamara's biggest asset has come in the passing game but he was ever out-targeted by Ingram 5 to 4. The Saints have never been a rushing team but have shown who they want to move forward with. Ingram is going to be the clear starting back but it looks like the coaching staff is going to feed the hot hand game to game.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 71 / 1 rec)

The Saints offense went through Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara today. The rookie running back has shown he can run through the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield. Kamara was second to only Michael Thomas with 10 targets and managed to catch all of them. The big touchdown play came on a 12-yard shovel pass that Kamara was able to get into the end zone. Brees took the snap from the shotgun with Kamara and Ingram to his sides. The initial fake went to Ingram and the eventual shovel pass to Kamara who was able to weave his way through the defense for a touchdown. The Saints have talked about how much they want to use Kamara and he has seen his role increase almost every week. If the Saints decide to move on from Peterson, Kamara will be the biggest beneficiary.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (2 / 37 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

The Saints' front office keeps talking about how much they like the versatile Kamara and how his role in the offense is going to increase. However, the rookie running back was only given two carries this week despite the Saints holding a lead for almost the entire game. Kamara did a lot of damage on those two carries with a 25-yard touchdown run and another 12-yard carry for a first down. Kamara's touchdown came on a stretch play to the right side where he outran the defensive end to the corner and then down the sideline and into the end zone. Kamara was not touched until he reached the pylon but still tiptoed into the end zone. If he can keep up this success, we will see his usage increase week to week.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

The Saints talked about how they were going to make Alvin Kamara a bigger part of their game plan as the season went on. The rookie had a decent showing week one but was only given one rush attempt today. The rookie did get his chance in the passing game with 7 targets but did not do as much damage as he could have. Kamara has some issues catching the ball as he was looking downfield before securing the ball. The Saints have shown no commitment to any back on the ground, but they do seem to like Kamara in passing situations.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

To make the Saints backfield situation even more complicated, the rookie out of Tennessee lead the team in rushing attempts tonight. He was not any more effective than either Ingram or Peterson, but did manage one more carry than both backs and played a role in the passing game. Head coach Sean Peyton showed a willingness to use the rookie and we could see his role expand if the discord between Peyton and Peterson grows.


Latest News

Saints | Alvin Kamara does it all (Sun Nov 19, 10:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed eight times for 42 yards and caught six passes for 74 yards and a score in a 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

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Saints | New Orleans running backs tearing it up (Tue Nov 14, 10:19 PM) - New Orleans RBs Mark Ingram (569) and Alvin Kamara (560) rank second and third, respectively, in the league in yards from scrimmage in the five games since Adrian Peterson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: Ingram and Kamara are both RB1s each week for fantasy owners. They find a nice way to blend both RBs into the mix and it's paying off in a big way. After starting 0-2, the Saints have won seven in a row and have the look of a team that can make a deep postseason run.
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Saints | Alvin Kamara posts 106 yards, TD (Sun Nov 12, 07:18 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 12 times for 106 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills and he added five receptions for 32 yards on his five targets.

Our View: Kamara is entrenched as an RB1 despite a timeshare with the amount of receptions he is getting every week and his ability to turn any touch into a long play.
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Saints | Alvin Kamara exceeding expectations (Sat Nov 11, 11:34 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is living up to the 'vision' the team had after watching him during workouts during the draft process, according to head coach Sean Payton, and Payton said Kamara has answered the questions he had about his ability to run the ball.

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Saints | Alvin Kamara doing it all (Tue Nov 7, 04:49 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is one of three players in the NFL this year with at least 300 rushing yards, 300 receiving yards and five total touchdowns.

Our View: Kamara has been a great find for the Saints and for fantasy owners. His all-purpose ability gives him RB1 upside every week in PPR leagues even though Mark Ingram is the lead back in New Orleans.
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