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RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

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

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Kamara has landed in the receiving role for a team that is always among the leaders in running back targets. His usage could be inconsistent week to week, but in best ball leagues, you'll have plenty of other options to cover those weeks while still getting the boost from the weeks that the Saints make Kamara one of their main matchups to exploit. Kamara also offers injury upside if Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson miss time.
An exciting rookie with excellent burst and good hands, Kamara is a great fit as a satellite back in this offense. His upside is limited to a fantasy RB3 role as long as Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson stay healthy. Regardless of the rest of the depth chart, if Kamara's decisions between the tackles and ball security don't improve from his days at Tennessee, he'll be a boom-bust fantasy starter but still worth consideration.

Summary

The Saints traded away a 7th round pick and next year's 2nd rounder to move up to draft Alvin Kamara in the 3rd round (67th overall) in this year's draft. Kamara is a versatile running back who was used often as a receiver and also on punt returns in his collegiate years. He could win the camp competition for the third running back slot and perhaps play frequently in third down situations. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 55, 37, 37, 39, 42, 52, 54, 54, 55, 56, 57
RB Redraft PPR - 52, 32, 37, 41, 42, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 58, 59
RB Dynasty - 27, 21, 26, 28, 31, 37, 37
Overall Dynasty - 98, 67, 73
Overall Rookie - 10, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 13, 14, 21

Stats and Projections

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2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 37 * * 26 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 35 * * 43 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 50 * * 22 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 29 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 161
RB: 53
Overall-PPR: 143
RB-PPR: 49

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2017 Schedule

1@ Minnesota Vikings
2vs New England Patriots
3@ Carolina Panthers
4@ Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers