RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints
|5-10, 214||Born: 7-25-1995||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 16): is dealing with a high-ankle type issue that will limit him in practice through the week, a source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero Tuesday, Oct. 15. Kamara believes he still has a shot to play against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 20.
General News (Wed Oct 16): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Oct 15): is dealing with a high-ankle type issue that will limit him in practice through the week, a source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero Tuesday, Oct. 15. Kamara believes he still has a shot to play against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 20.
Week 7: at Chicago Bears
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Saints have constructed their offensive attack around grinding ball control, and it's grown into one of football's best. That's why Alvin Kamara's Week 7 availability is so crucial; he's currently questionable with an ankle sprain and doesn't sound optimistic about his status. Kamara has been not only his dynamic self, but also remarkably consistent, recording 62+ yards in 4 of 6 games thus far. His efficiency has been a bit off, though, with just 3.8 per rush since Week 2. If he sits, or again plays limited snaps, Latavius Murray will take on instant must-play status. Murray hasn't seen Mark Ingram's typical opportunity this year, but stepped in last week for 44 yards on 8 carries. He certainly looked spry on a 42-yard touchdown reception that was nullified by a penalty. Murray's north-south style fits nicely behind the Saints' elite front line, which is packed to the gills with strong run-blockers. Guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford are maulers on the interior, where Murray found most of his Week 6 success. But he'll also see work on the edges, especially if Kamara's open-field role is vacated. Perhaps the biggest matchup surprise of the young season came in Week 5, when the Bears' clamp-down run defense was torn apart in London. Raiders running backs combined for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns in the upset win. They were the first Bears opponent to total more than 90 yards, and Josh Jacobs was the first lead runner to average more than 3.0 yards per carry. Jacobs' success on cutbacks and outside bounces could provide a blueprint, but this remains a dominant unit that matches up well with the Saints' mauling offensive line. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman has grown into a true mismatch inside, consistently occupying blockers and making stops of his own. Behind him, linebackers Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and Danny Trevathan are all athletic playmakers in pursuit. The biggest question for the Bears is that they are without Akiem Hicks who was an integral part of this run-defense, and without him will they be able to continue the elite play they had earlier this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Alvin Kamara's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs JAX (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec)
It was a tough week for Kamara on the ground. Teams are stacking the box and making Bridgewater try and beat them through the air. They have been able to contain Kamara the last 2 weeks, but the Saints have come away with a win both times. Kamara had fewer rushing yards than Latavius Murray for the first time this season and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. His longest run went for 7 yards and he put the ball on the ground once and was able to recover his own fumble. Kamara saw 8 targets in the passing game and caught 7 of them for 35 yards. His longest catch went for 14 yards but his receiving total matched Murray when Kamara had 4 more catches. The Saints have been pushing him with a very heavy workload this year and it appears that he is starting to slow down a little. The success for Murray this week could lead to fewer touches but Kamara is still the main guy in New Orleans. He is due for one of his breakout games in the near future, but it will be tough to do so against the Bears next week.
2019 Week 5 vs TB (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)
It was not the normal day we are accustomed to seeing from Kamara, but he did still have 100 total yards of offense this week. Tampa Bay did a great job tackling and bottled up Kamara around the line of scrimmage on almost every run. He broke free once for 16 yards but ended the day with an average of just 3.9 yards per carry. He chipped in 6 receptions on 7 targets and wishes he could have back the one he did not catch. Kamara had what should have been an easy catch up the seam, but he bobbled the ball as he tried to pull it in, and it was taken out of the air by the defender. The ball was thrown low and out in front of him so he could turn up the field and run and he just did not secure it properly. The Saints dug into their bag of tricks with Kamara as well and dialed up a half back pass play. Kamara completed a 13-yard pass to Josh Hill on a 3rd and 1 play. Kamara led Hill a little too much and Hill had to slide and make the catch, otherwise he could have run for much longer. It was an easy first down that could have been an even bigger play with a better throw. Kamara saw carries go to Latavius Murray this week, but he is still the clear top option in that backfield.
2019 Week 4 vs DAL (17 / 69 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
It was not a great week for Kamara as he failed to surpass 100 total yards this week. The Saints offense was out of sync and there were no explosive of big plays from anyone. Kamara had a long run of 13 yards on the ground and saw the ball spread around the offense more than in recent weeks. He carried the ball 17 times and other players had 10 carries. Taysom Hill had the longest run on the ground from the wild cat, and Kamara's never got a chance down around the goal line to punch in a touchdown. He caught all 3 of his targets this week but was covered by Dallas very well. Michael Thomas, Josh Hill, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn all saw more targets in the passing game this week and the Saints did not utilize one of their best weapons out of the back field. Kamara has a great matchup next week against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up multiple touchdown to Todd Gurley and this week's game will be a distant memory.
2019 Week 3 vs SEA (16 / 69 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 92 / 1 rec)
It would have been a very long day for the Saints had it not been for Kamara and their defense and special teams. Kamara had 16 rushed and 9 receptions for a combined 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was the only rusher to have more than 3 carries and was used to grind down the clock in the second half. Kamaraís first touchdown came through the air on a 29-yard screen play. He followed his blockers into the second level, made a cut to the outside, stiff armed a defender, and sprinted to the end zone for the first offensive touchdown for the Saints this week. He added a 1-yard touchdown run off tackle late in the 2nd half to put the Saints up 33-14. New Orleans went for 2 on the play and failed, but it proved to be all the cushion they needed to sustain 2 late touchdowns from Seattle. Kamara averaged 4.1 yards per carry and had a single long run of 16 yards on the ground this week. His 10 targets and 9 receptions for 92 yards led the team in all receiving yards, including longest pass play with his 29-yard reception. Kamara was a big reason why the Saints won this week and they will continue to lean on him while Brees is out to try and stay in the playoff hunt.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
It is not often that we see Kamara held to under 50 yards rushing or a single reception for 15 yards, but that is exactly what happened this week. When Brees went down, the offense should have gone through Kamara, but the line could not block anyone this week and the Saints were playing from behind. Kamara was met by a defender in the back field constantly and the one big pass play he had was brought back because of a holding penalty. His longest run of the game was a 12-yard burst off the right side and accounted for almost º of his total yards for the game. The Saints offense is going to have to play much better next week against Seattle if they want to get a win and the offense is going to have to go through Kamara if Brees is out for any period of time.
2019 Week 1 vs HOU (13 / 97 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
It looked like it was going to be a quiet first game for the star running back until he turned it on in the second half. Kamara did most of his damage through the air this week as the Saints routinely exploited the mismatch any time Kamara had a linebacker in coverage. The speedy back ripped off a 41-yard reception where he caught the ball across the middle and turned it up the seam for a big play. He also had a 28-yard rush where he bounced off several would be tacklers and sprinted towards the end zone. Kamara fumbled the ball on this same play and it was recovered by Jared Cook without being advanced. Had the Saints challenged the play they would have seen it was not a fumble, but no flag was thrown. Kamara was held out of the end zone this week but still managed almost 170 all-purpose yards. He carried the ball more than twice the amount Murray did and was the primary back in passing situations. Kamara will be the work horse this year and Murray does not pose much of a threat outside of being a change of pace back.
Latest NewsSaints | Alvin Kamara to miss Week 7 (Fri Oct 18, 05:51 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 7. Our View: Kamara is not going to play in Week 7 and might miss more time after that. This means Latavius Murray is the starter and immediately has RB2 potential for Fantasy GMs.
link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara absent again (Fri Oct 18, 02:36 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee/ankle) was not present during the open portion of practice Friday, Oct. 18. Our View: Kamara is not going to play in Week 7. That means Latavius Murray is the starter and immediately has RB2 potential for Fantasy GMs.
link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara misses another practice (Thu Oct 17, 06:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee/ankle) remained out of practice Thursday, Oct. 17. Our View: Kamara may not practice at all this week. However, he thinks he's going to play on Sunday against the Bears. We think the Saints could shut him down and just feature Latavius Murray more. Keep an eye on this situation closely.
link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara misses practice (Wed Oct 16, 05:54 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Our View: Kamara may not practice at all this week. If misses Week 7, Latavius Murray would get the starter's workload.
link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara dealing with high-ankle 'type' issue (Tue Oct 15, 08:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle type issue that will limit him in practice through the week, a source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero Tuesday, Oct. 15. Kamara believes he still has a shot to play against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 20. link to story More News
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