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Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara

Running Back #41
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 5
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 214 lb.
College:Tennessee
Age:25
Born:July 25, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (67)
Draft Team:NO

Alvin Kamara: Feeling healthy again

Kamara says he's back at full strength after playing "on one leg... at 75 percent" in 2019.

Analysis: Kamara dealt with ankle and knee injuries in October, missing two games before a conveniently timed Week 9 bye. He then churned out 4.9 yards per carry but just 5.2 per catch over the final seven games of the regular season, and he scored four of his six touchdowns in Weeks 16 and 17. The 2017 third-round pick should bounce back from the least impressive season of his pro career, now entering the final year of his rookie contract. Of course, a holdout could be around the corner if the Saints don't sign Kamara to an extension soon.

March 11, 2020 7:42 AM EST

Alvin Kamara: Compiles 55 yards in overtime loss

Kamara carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown and brought in eight of nine targets for 34 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Kamara concluded the season with his third straight game with a touchdown, dating to Week 16 of the regular season, though his numbers were a bit of a letdown. The third-year back managed 1,330 total yards and six total touchdowns -- career lows -- but it's encouraging for fantasy owners that this is his floor. The Tennessee product hauled in 81 receptions for the third straight season and has established himself as a premier dual-threat back. He has one year left on his rookie deal, and with Michael Thomas' massive payday last off-season, Kamara may be eyeing a new contract sooner than later.

January 5, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Scores twice in blowout victory

Kamara rushed eight times for 39 yards and two touchdowns, adding two receptions for 18 yards on three targets in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: After failing to score for nine straight weeks, Kamara has now produced back-to-back two-touchdown efforts on the ground in Weeks 16-17. He closes the year on a high note, though most of his scoring output has come in the final two weeks of the season. The talented third-year back ends the 2019 regular season with a career-low six total touchdowns after producing 22 in his first two seasons. Regardless, he'll head into the playoffs on a hot streak.

December 29, 2019 3:16 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Ends touchdown drought

Kamara rushed 11 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns, grabbing six of seven targets for an additional 30 yards in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: Kamara broke out of his scoring slump in fashion Sunday, delivering a pair of touchdown runs while racking up over 100 yards from scrimmage in the process. Watching the Tennessee product explode against the Titans had to be a relief for fantasy owners, as Kamara hadn't scored since Week 3 and broke 100 yards from scrimmage for the first time since Week 12. He'll look to keep the momentum going in Week 17 against a pedestrian Panthers' run defense.

December 22, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Totals 89 yards in blowout victory

Kamara rushed 14 times for 66 yards, adding five receptions for 23 yards in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: It was another disappointing performance for Kamara, as he failed to cross the goal-line for ninth consecutive game. His 73 receptions have boosted his value in PPR formats, though he entered Week 15 as the overall RB17 in 2019. The usage has been there, as Kamara has seen nearly 19 total touches per game across his last five contests, but the production has been highly underwhelming for fantasy owners who spent a first-round pick on him. He should be treated as an RB2 for a Week 16 showdown with the Titans.

December 16, 2019 8:34 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Season-low output in shootout

Kamara rushed 13 times for 25 yards, adding four receptions for 18 yards in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kamara couldn't get much going in Sunday's close loss, accounting for his lowest output from scrimmage all season. The third-year back added to his eight-game streak of scoreless performances dating to Week 3, and his stats during that span have been concerning. Over his last eight contests, Kamara has averaged just 85.5 yards per game, though his 6.4 receptions per game have buoyed some otherwise lackluster efforts in PPR formats. He can't be benched given his immense upside, though he'll be a volatile fantasy playoff option when New Orleans takes on Indianapolis in Week 15.

December 8, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Totals 84 yards in win

Kamara rushed 11 times for 61 yards and brought in four of eight targets for 23 yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.

Analysis: Though Kamara's scrimmage yards were respectable, it was a disappointing performance for the third-year back. He snagged just four passes after averaging nine receptions across his last three contests, though his lack of involvement in the passing game was likely due to Drew Brees' struggles. Kamara continues to provide fantasy owners with useful stat lines, though it's concerning that he hasn't scored since Week 3. He'll try to buck that trend in a crucial Week 14 home matchup with the surging 49ers.

November 28, 2019 8:57 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Delivers in passing game

Kamara ran for 54 yards on 11 carries and caught all nine of his targets for 48 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-31 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: Those who selected Kamara over Christian McCaffrey in fantasy drafts this past summer are still kicking themselves. Though the third-year back hasn't been quite as dominant as his NFC South counterpart through 12 weeks of the 2019 campaign, Kamara continues to churn out excellent fantasy performances by virtue of his pass-catching acumen. Kamara has not exceeded 75 rushing yards in any game since accounting for 97 yards in the season opener against Houston, but he's averaged an amazing eight receptions per game over his past five appearances, after compiling just five catches per game Weeks 1 through 4. He projects to be a top-flight running back option for Week 13, with the Saints taking on a Falcons defense that has conceded 27-plus points in five of its past seven outings.

November 24, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Compiles 122 total yards in win

Kamara rushed 13 times for 75 yards and secured all 10 targets for 47 yards in the Saints' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Kamara paced the Saints in receptions while checking in second to Michael Thomas in both receiving yardage and targets. The versatile back also out-carried backup Latavius Murray by a 13-10 margin, and game script likely led to the latter seeing as many totes as he did. Sunday marked Kamara's first game with double-digit rushing touches since Week 6, with the third-year back's two-game absence due to an ankle injury factored in. Kamara will look to continue building his numbers in a Week 12 battle versus the Panthers.

November 17, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Ruled out for Week 7

Kamara (ankle/knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara struggled while playing through an ankle injury last week and picked up a knee ailment somewhere along the way. He was held out of practice each day this week, casting doubt on his status even beyond Week 7. The Saints will turn to Latavius Murray as their lead back Sunday, with Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on hand in reserve.

October 18, 2019 12:52 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Not seen at practice

Kamara (ankle) isn't on the field for the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kamara could theoretically make an appearance later in the session, but most signs point toward an absence for Sunday's game in Chicago. He was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, leaving Latavius Murray as the lead running back.

October 18, 2019 11:34 AM EST

Alvin Kamara: Sits out another practice

Kamara (ankle/knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara hasn't ruled himself out from playing Sunday in Chicago, but he'll likely need to log some practice activity Friday to have a decent chance at suiting up. The high-ankle and knee issue have kept him sidelined during the Saints' first two sessions of Week 7, leaving first-team work for backup running back Latavius Murray. The Saints would likely turn to Murray to handle the bulk of the backfield snaps if Kamara can't play against the Bears, with Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on hand as depth options.

October 17, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Can't practice Wednesday

Kamara (ankle/knee) did not practice Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara suffered a knee injury Week 6 versus the Jaguars and came into the contest dealing with a high ankle issue, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The star running back has expressed some optimism that he'll be available Sunday against the Bears, but he'll almost certainly need to practice in some capacity Thursday and/or Friday for any chance of taking the field Week 7. In the event that Kamara is forced to miss any time, Latavius Murray would likely draw the start for New Orleans. The team also opted to sign Zach Zenner as a reserve option Wednesday.

October 16, 2019 2:14 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Nursing ankle injury

Kamara is dealing with an ankle issue that will limit him in practice this week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Pelissero would specify that it's a "high ankle issue" that Kamara is dealing with, which is usually more serious than a normal ankle injury. Kamara battled through the ankle injury as well as a knee issue during Sunday's win over Jacksonville, limiting his rushing output to just 31 yards. The 2017 third-round pick still thinks he has a shot to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, but his status for Sunday seems murky at this point in the week.

October 15, 2019 5:23 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Toughs out injuries in win

Kamara rushed 11 times for 31 yards and brought in seven of eight targets for 35 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by New Orleans.

Analysis: Kamara came into the contest nursing an ankle issue and then suffered an in-game knee injury as well, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. While battling those issues, the versatile back finished with pedestrian production overall, although he did enjoy a serviceable line from a PPR standpoint in particular. Kamara checked in second only to Michael Thomas in receptions for the day, and he'll now try to heal up in time for what should be a bruising matchup versus the Bears in Week 7.

October 13, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Officially active in Week 6

Kamara (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Jaguars, Amie Just of NOLAnews.com reports.

Analysis: As expected, Kamara will be available without any reports of limitations in Week 6 against the Jaguars. Latavius Murray will continue to act as his complement, but at present, there's no expectation he'll have to take on a larger role than usual.

October 13, 2019 8:39 AM EST

Alvin Kamara: In line to play Week 6

Coach Sean Payton told Melanie Collins of CBS that Kamara (ankle) will be active Sunday at Jacksonville.

Analysis: The Saints won't confirm as much until 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but Kamara is expected to play through the ankle that he tweaked at Thursday's practice. Assuming no setbacks before or during the game, he could have a banner day against a Jaguars defense that has conceded a league-high 5.6 yards per carry to running backs this season.

October 13, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Alvin Kamara: Expected to play Sunday

Kamara (ankle) is expected to play Sunday at Jacksonville barring a setback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He participated in Saturday's walk-through. He's listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Analysis: Kamara wasn't trending in the right direction for Week 6, as he went from a limited participation at Thursday's practice to a DNP on Friday. However, this report sounds like he improved Saturday. Still, a decision on his availability won't come until approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

October 12, 2019 10:27 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Receives 'questionable' designation

Kamara (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara isn't trending in the right direction for Week 6, downgrading from limited participation at Thursday's practice to a DNP on Friday. The development may have been implemented to preserve Kamara's ankle for game day, but a decision on his availability won't come until approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The next players up in the Saints' backfield are Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington.

October 11, 2019 12:47 PM EST

Alvin Kamara: Not seen at practice Friday

Kamara (ankle) and Latavius Murray (non-injury) weren't present Friday at the media-access portion of practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kamara was a mid-week addition to the injury report, showing up Thursday as a limited participant with an ankle injury. An absence for Sunday's game in Jacksonville would leave Murray as the lead back, assuming his own missed practice isn't related to anything that might threaten his game availability. The Saints also have Dwayne Washington on hand in the backfield.

October 11, 2019 11:56 AM EST

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