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RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

5-10, 214Born: 7-25-1995College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Good matchup. Here in 2018, Alvin Kamara has yet to break out as a runner, managing just 75 yards on 21 carries thus far. Kamara is electrifying, of course, and a threat to exploit any gap or room on the edge for a splash gain. But he's miscast as a bell cow runner, and the Saints need Mark Ingram back to establish the ball-control attack they rode last season. They certainly have the line for it, especially along the right side. Center Max Unger and guard Larry Warford are road-graders capable of both wearing down defensive lines and working onto the second level. But without Ingram's physicality - and with the Saints' deep-ball passing game bogged down at the moment - Kamara isn't finding much room. Still, he's a threat to outrun a crowd and erupt on any given touch. The Xs and Os aren't in his favor right now, but the fantasy world wouldn't be wise to overthink his value. The Falcons typically boast a solid run defense, one long on athleticism and enthusiastic tackling. But with top linebacker Deion Jones and safety/linebacker hybrid Keanu Neal both out for the year, there's trouble afoot. We saw it last week, as the Panthers were consistently able to find and exploit holes. Had the game flow been different, we likely would've seen big stat lines for all of Christian McCaffrey, C.J. Anderson, and Cam Newton. The trio combined for 110 yards on just 16 carries, frequently outrunning the Falcons' replacement-level linebackers onto the second level. Nose tackle Grady Jarrett remains a solidifying force inside, but there are real problems in pursuit without Jones and Neal on the field. Jones' replacement, Duke Riley, was especially vulnerable last Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TB 52 8 29 2 12 9 112 1 0 32.1
2 vs CLE 51 13 46 0 6 6 53 0 0 9.9
3 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 6 * * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 7 * * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 7 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Alvin Kamara's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Saints | Alvin Kamara involved in run, pass game (Sun Sep 16, 04:49 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. He also caught six passes for 53 yards during the game.

Our View: Kamara kept out of the end zone and didn't break any huge gains in the squeaker over the Browns. This was disappointing, but Kamara should have a field-day against the injury-weakened Atlanta defense next week.
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Saints | Three touchdowns for Alvin Kamara (Sun Sep 9, 04:51 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 29 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. He also caught nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown during the game.

Our View: Kamara was mediocre as a runner, except around the goal line, and magnificent as a receiver and after the catch. He is as valuable as any back in fantasy football right now.
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