RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints
|5-10, 214||Born: 7-25-1995||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
Week 11: vs Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Saints rushing attack continues to be a two-headed monster with both running backs in Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are getting their production in different ways. Over the last three weeks, Ingram has actually been the better runner as he has run for 67 yards per game including a 104-yard performance on just 13 carries last week. The issue for Ingram is that Alvin Kamara who has been productive from a yardage standpoint as well but has five touchdowns in those three games compared to Ingram who has not scored. This remains a team that is committed to the run as they are sixth in the NFL in rushing attempts and while they are not always productive as they are 21st in terms of rushing yards per attempt at just 4.1 yards per carry, they are still 8th in the NFL in rushing yards due to the high volume nature of their rushing attack. The Saints are going to be without left tackle Terron Armstead this week which could be a big blow for the Saints offensive line. The Eagles rush defense last week simply did not show up against the Cowboys which is the second time in three weeks that the elite run-stopping unit that we had seen over the last two seasons has shown cracks in the armor as they allowed 151 yards to Elliott last week and 130 yards to Barkley two weeks prior to that. While the defensive line continues to play at a dominant level led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, the problem for the Eagles has everything to do with scheme. They simply cannot stop anyone against the pass and therefore are playing almost exclusively a nickel defense to add an additional corner onto the field. While it is still a very strong unit and will be even stronger if they get Timmy Jernigan back this week if the Saints can neutralize this defensive line (and that's a big if especially without Terron Armstead), they could once again give the Eagles fits in shutting down this rushing attack.
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
2018 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 56 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
It has been Kamara's backfield to lead for the majority of the season, but Ingram cut in to that this week. He still managed exactly 100 scrimmage yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was not the same dominance that we have seen all season. Kamara had 12 carries to Ingram's 11 and 5 targets to Ingram's 3. The most important category was the touchdowns. Kamara got the goal line work this week in a role reversal to all of last season. The Saints like the way he darts through defenders or gets to the outside down around the goal line and have used him extensively this year. His longest rush of the day was 14 yards and his longest reception was 19. His first touchdown was a 4-yard power run right off the guard. Kamara made his way through traffic and powered his way into the end zone. His second touchdown was from 1-yard out but a little more difficult. He took the pitch from Brees but had to retreat almost 10 yards before gaining the corner on the defensive end and sprinting his way for the touchdown. The play was late to develop and was not blocked very well, but Kamara used his speed for the touchdown. The Saints backfield looked a lot more like it did last season this week and that is a scary thought going in to playoff time.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (19 / 82 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
The Saints seem to have finally figured out that Kamara is the future of their back field and the best option they currently have on their roster. They rushed him 19 times and targeted him another 5 times in the passing game. Kamara rewarded this trust with 3 total touchdowns and was the driving force behind the Saints biggest win of the season. His first touchdown was an 11-yard scamper into the end zone. Kamara took the pitch off the left side and showed some fancy footwork to follow his blocks into the end zone. The second touchdown was a short catch and run outlet pass where he caught the ball 6 yards down field and had enough for the first down but then turned the corner for the last 10 yards and was untouched going into the end zone. His third and final touchdown was a 1-yard power run right up the middle. There was a massive hole and Kamara was not even touched going into the end zone. This is an area normally reserved for Mark Ingram, but the Saints continue to trust Kamara more right now. It will be a great running back matchup next week with Kamara squaring off against Joe Mixon and the Bengals.
2018 Week 8 vs MIN (13 / 45 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 31 / 1 rec)
After taking a back seat due to the return of Mark Ingram, Kamara finally broke through with 2 touchdowns this week. Both backs had the same number of carries, but Kamara got the most important one. After he caught a pass from Brees and took the ball to the 1-yard line, Kamara's number was called again as he leapt up and over the line for a touchdown. It has traditionally been Ingram who has gotten the ball in these situations, but the Saints gave Kamara the opportunity to cap of the drive where he had done most of the work. Kamara also hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brees for the Saints first touchdown of the game. New Orleans utilized the mismatch created by Kamara when there was a linebacker in coverage. There are very few linebackers that can keep up with Kamara in pass coverage and the Vikings learned that the hard way this week. Kamara led the Saints in targets this week with 8 and caught 7 of them. There is no telling which back is going to get the work each week and the Saints like having that element of surprise.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (17 / 64 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
After being pushed to near irrelevance in Ingram's first game back, Kamara was the one who got the ball more this week and even came away with the lone touchdown on the ground. Both backs lost 6 carries to Taysom Hill, but it was Ingram who lost more volume this week than Kamara. The carry distribution was 17 for Kamara and 12 for Ingram. There were always going to be games where one back had the hot hand and was running better than the other, but today it was not quite that different. Kamara averaged just over a yard per carry more than Ingram at 3.7, and his longest run was 12 yards. The biggest difference this week was the amount of goal line work Kamara got. On the Saints second touchdown, it was Kamara who got the ball 4 times within the red zone and eventually punched it in from the 2-yard line. This was the first second half touchdown allowed by the Ravens all season and it was just a pure power run by Kamara up the middle. He also received 2 targets in the passing game and hauled in both. The Saints are going to need one of their backs to get hot next week against the Vikings if they want to come away with another win.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Oh, what could have been? Kamara was the offensive leader for the Saints in the first 4 weeks and one of the only players not named Michael Thomas to excel in the offense. Then enter week5 and the return of Mark Ingram and it all changed. Kamara was out touched 9-18 and even lost work in the passing game to Ingram. His longest play of the game was a meaningless 9-yard rush and a 6-yard reception. The Saints made it clear that Ingram is still the starter despite what Kamara has done in recent weeks. Going forward, this season should look a lot like last with the offense riding the hot back from week to week. If Kamara can break a play early he should see more work, but he is always in danger of losing goal line carries to Ingram for the rest of the season. If the split continues this way, Kamara is going to move down in a lot of the rankings.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (19 / 134 / 3 rush, 9 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Kamara was trying to make a statement the week before Mark Ingram comes back from suspension. He has had a very up and down season so far as the Saints have not committed to using him like a lead back. Through 3 weeks he has had more value through the air than on the ground, but that changed this week. Kamara kicked things off with a 9-yard scamper behind the left guard for his touchdown. New Orleans lined up with Taysom Hill at quarterback and went read option for the touchdown. Hill has been a threat to throw the ball after a successful fake punt play, but it was always going to be a run play in this situation. The second touchdown was a 4-yard plunge where he was originally ruled short of the goal line. After a review the play was overturned, and Kamara awarded his second touchdown. His 3rd and final touchdown was the dagger for the Giants. Kamara burst off tackle for 49 yards and put the game out of reach. He turned the corner and put on the jets all the way to the end zone. Kamara also hauled in 5 of his team high 9 targets this week and had the same number of yards as Michael Thomas through the air. The split for carries should still favor Kamara with Ingram coming back and he should not lose his value in the passing game, but it will be interesting to see how much Ingram cuts into his overall number of touches.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (16 / 66 / 0 rush, 20 / 15 / 124 / 0 rec)
It only took 3 weeks, but the Saints finally committed to Kamara in the offense. He had 16 carries to lead all runners and also had 20 targets in the passing game, also a team high. Kamara did not find it very easy to run against the Falcons, but his 16 carries did help soften things up underneath for the passing game. Kamara was not credited with a touchdown after his 3-yard plunge in overtime was overturned and set the Saints up on the 1-yard line. It is not very often that you see Brees take away 2 touchdowns from his running backs on the ground, but he made up for it with the 20 targets and over 100 yards in the air. Kamara's longest rush came in at 17 yards and the longest reception at 21. He may not have gotten into the end zone, but he helped keep drives alive on third down and served as a decoy all day long. The Falcons seemed committed to sell out and stop the run. There was a linebacker on a run blitz almost every play and this opened things up underneath for a streaking receiver or for Kamara to leak out as a check down. The best example was the 4th and 1 play where the play action to Kamara resulted in an easy touchdown for Zach Line. Kamara would have been stopped in the back field and resulted in a turnover on downs, but the play resulted in a touchdown instead because of the commitment to Kamara. With the return of Mark Ingram looming, it will be interesting to see how Kamara's usage changes down the stretch.
2018 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 46 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
It is baffling that the Saints will not commit to Kamara in the offense. He played second fiddle to Mark Ingram last season and now that he gets his opportunity for the bulk of the work due to Ingram's suspension, the Saints refuse to use him. Kamara only had 5 more carries than back up Mike Gillislee. There is no reason he should receive less than 20 touches per game, especially when he is one of the Saints best weapons. Kamara had an early touchdown erased after an offensive holding call, and his only other real opportunity was a two-point conversion he converted right up the middle. Brees wanted to get the second year back going in the passing game and threw 6 targets his way. Kamara fell a yard short of 100 combined yards this week and was never given the chance to get going. The Saints are going to have to reassess their usage of Kamara going forward or they are going to continue to struggle against teams like the Browns. It will be interesting to see how his usage is affected when Ingram comes back from suspension as well.
2018 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 29 / 2 rush, 12 / 9 / 112 / 1 rec)
It is hard to get anything going on the ground when your team is down, and the opposition seems to be able to score at will. Kamara was able to cash in on some easy goal line touchdowns as well as one through the air within 10 yards. The vaunted rush attack that kept teams at bay last season was never able to get going as they collectively rushed the ball 13 times for 43 total yards. Kamara found success rushing the ball off the ends for 5 and 1-yard touchdowns and a two-point conversion right up the middle. Kamara also made his presence felt in the passing game catching 9 of 12 targets for over 100 yards. He also took a quick swing pass into the end zone, again striking from the outside. The Saints will need to do a better job establishing the run next week against the Browns to have a more balanced offense. Kamara will continue to see the bulk of the work while Ingram is serving his suspension and while Gillislee is recovering from his disastrous fumble today.
Latest NewsSaints | Alvin Kamara on record TD pace (Sun Nov 18, 12:07 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara could tie Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown for the fourth-fewest games (26) to reach 30 career touchdowns. Kamara enters Week 11 on Sunday, Nov. 18, with 28 touchdowns in 25 career games. link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara pierces end zone twice (Sun Nov 11, 04:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 10 win against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added four grabs for 46 yards. link to story Saints | Alvin Kamara scores three TDs (Sun Nov 4, 09:57 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 19 times for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 9 game against the Los Angeles Rams and he added four grabs for 34 yards and a score on six targets. link to story
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