RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Kamara doesn't look quite as explosive as his top form, but he is still heavily involved in the passing game and he should be a big part of the offense with the stout Bucs run defense up next.

General News (Fri Nov 15): will be "unleashed" more against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $7400

All RB vs TB

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Saints' ground game remains one of football's most imposing units. Alvin Kamara's Week 10 return was uneventful, with just 24 yards over 4 carries as the Saints shifted early to the pass. Latavius Murray wasn't able to get anything going, either (5 for 12), but there's always reason for optimism here. Kamara has now played two full games with Drew Brees under center; in the first, he turned 13 attempts into 97 yards. Brees' presence does wonders for the Saints' ground game, keeping linebackers and defensive backs on their heels and out of the box more often. Kamara and Murray also benefit from an elite offensive line, currently ranked first by Footballguys' Matt Bitonti with a coveted A++ run-blocking grade. Even if left guard Andrus Peat can't suit up, there are no real concerns for this deep group. They consistently do a fine job winning at the point of attack and giving the runners wide lanes to exploit. And when a talent like Kamara is escorted onto the second level, anything can happen. The Tampa Bay run defense, one of 2019's most surprising units, continues to operate at a near-shutdown level. They've smothered Christian McCaffrey twice (68 yards on 38 carries), and they've limited a handful of other upper-tier backs along the way. That list includes this week's lead opponent, Alvin Kamara, who managed just 62 on 16 attempts in Week 5. With a swarming front led by nose tackle Vita Vea, runners simply aren't given much room at the point of attack. Vea doesn't just tie up blocking - he fights through double-teams and makes his share of plays on the run. His breakout has had a ripple effect, making life easier for the rest of the front seven. That said, there have been a few noticeable lapses lately. Derrick Henry and Chris Carson have created chunk runs in recent matchups, exploiting missed assignments by rookie Devin White and others. Overall, though, this is a strong unit and a difficult fantasy matchup. Kamara and Latavius Murray are dynamic runners behind a mauling front line, and they're fully capable of creating chunk runs. But they'll have to rely heavily on their open-field skills to produce in this restrictive matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs ATL 54 4 24 0 10 8.0 50 0 0 8200 15.40 1.88
11 at TB 0 13 75 0 10 10.0 47 0 0 7400 22.20 3.00
11 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 5.8 * * * * * *
11 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 11 * * 6.0 * * * * * *
11 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 6.0 * * * * * *

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

2019 Week 10 vs ATL (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec - 15.4 points, $8200)

Coming off the Bye week, Kamara was said to be healthy and ready for his normal work load. Murray had worked hard in his absence and was due a few more carries, but no one expected Kamara to only have 4 carries this week. He produced with those carries and averaged 6 yards per carry, but the Saints seemed to abandon the run early. As a team they only ran the ball 11 times for 52 yards and tried to do everything through the air. Kamara caught 8 of his 10 targets for 50 yards with the longest catch going for 14. This was not the game that most expected after sitting out several weeks with an ankle injury and coming in fresh off a Bye. The duo of Kamara and Murray only rushed the ball 9 times and that does not make for a very balanced offense. The Buccaneers have a surprisingly stout rush defense but look for the Saints to try and establish the run next week and put forward a more balanced offense.

2019 Week 6 vs JAX (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec - 13.6 points, $8000)

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 - 16.92 points, $8600)

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 - 11.9 points, $8500)

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 - 37.1 points, $8000)

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 - 7 points, $8200)

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 - 23.9 points, $8500)

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 News

Saints | Alvin Kamara involved in run, pass game (Sun Nov 17, 05:32 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He also caught 10 passes for 47 yards during the game.

Our View: Kamara had a little more explosion on his runs this week against a tough Bucs run defense and his passing game involvement was a boon for PPR teams. He's getting back up to speed with the Panthers coming to town next week.
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Saints | More touches for Alvin Kamara? (Fri Nov 15, 09:45 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be 'unleashed' more against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

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Saints | Eight catches for Alvin Kamara (Sun Nov 10, 05:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara caught eight passes for 50 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. He was targeted 10 times during the game. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries.

Our View: The offense didn't look as good with Kamara as it did the last two weeks before the bye with Latavius Murray featured. Kamara is still a good enough PPR play, but this is trending towards a committee.
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Saints | Latavius Murray to remain involved (Fri Nov 8, 09:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray will continue to have a big role in the offense against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10 despite the return of RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee), according to head coach Sean Payton. 'Week 1 of Alvin coming back,' Payton said. 'We'll be smart.'

Our View: Murray worked well in Kamara's absence. The Saints should use Murray the way they used Mark Ingram in tandem with Kamara for a couple of seasons. That makes Murray a RB3 or flex option with upside for Fantasy GMs on a weekly basis.
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Saints | Full practice for Alvin Kamara (Fri Nov 8, 06:44 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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