Alvin Kamara
Alvin Kamara
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
New Orleans Saints
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A third-round pick out of Tennessee last year, Kamara joined the Saints with some uncertainty as to his eventual role. Unable to earn a full workload in college despite flashes of brilliance, he seemed stuck behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, and there were concerns that the rookie wouldn't be able to stand up to an NFL pounding. One year later, those concerns have all been washed away in the flood of highlight-reel plays Kamara produced. He led running backs in receiving yards and also led the league in percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards, with 11 such runs on 120 totes (9.2 percent). His presence prevented defenses from keying on Ingram, and the duo became the first RB teammates in history to both top 1,500 scrimmage yards in a season. Kamara displays excellent speed and elusiveness, but it's his change-of-direction skills and world-class acceleration that really set him apart. He can explode into and through even the smallest hole before it closes, and his ability to shift gears, change direction and rev back up in the open field routinely makes defenders look foolish. Ingram is suspended the first four games of the season, and while the Saints say they don't want to increase Kamara's workload too much, it's hard not to get excited for the possibility of what he could do with an additional 5-8 touches per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.86 million contract with the Saints in June of 2017.
Expected to split work with Ingram
RBNew Orleans Saints
October 15, 2018
Coach Sean Payton indicated that he's hoping to keep the Saints' backfield touches between Kamara and Mark Ingram more balanced in future weeks, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite Kamara's brilliance through the first quarter of the season, it was Ingram who was surprisingly acted as the Saints' top back in Week 5 win over the Redskins. In his return from a four-game suspension, Ingram logged 18 touches (16 carries, two receptions) and scored twice, while Kamara finished with only six carries and three catches, both of which were season lows. The game script likely factored heavily into both players' usage, as the Saints raced out to a big lead in the second quarter and prioritized getting Ingram more work in the second half following his month-long layoff. In more competitive contests, it appears Ingram and Kamara will see similar involvement, as was the case throughout the 2017 campaign. Both backs were still stellar week-to-week fantasy options in the timeshare arrangement last season, and with the New Orleans offense looking like one of the NFL's more explosive units thus far in 2018, that figures to remain the case again. It's still a negative development for Kamara nonetheless after he was on pace for a historic season with averages of 14 carries and 8.7 catches per game to go with 611 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns through the first four weeks.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    260
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    10
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
464
44
2018
260
10
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   215 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   7.06 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.25 in
AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   40 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   131 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   15 reps
POOR
New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Saints have a history of utilizing speedy pass-catching backs in their offense, so when Kamara fell into the third round of this year's draft, the New Orleans front office pounced, trading a second-round pick in 2018 to grab him. At 5-10, 215, Kamara has decent size, but it's his top-end speed and explosiveness that set him apart, making him a threat to take the ball to the end zone any time he gets it in open space. He's also a very good receiver and route runner. His vision is suspect, and he never got a chance to prove he can handle a full workload in college, but with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson also in the Saints' backfield, he won't be asked to do anything outside of his comfort zone. Kamara's touches as a rookie may be limited, but his per-play efficiency could be off the charts.
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Finishes with nine touches
RBNew Orleans Saints
October 8, 2018
Kamara rushed six times for 24 yards and caught three of four targets for 15 yards in Monday night's 43-19 win over the Redskins.
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Ready for Week 5
RBNew Orleans Saints
October 6, 2018
Kamara (knee) is absent from the injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Redskins, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Puts in another limited practice
RBNew Orleans Saints
Knee
October 5, 2018
Kamara (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice.
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Limited by knee injury Thursday
RBNew Orleans Saints
Knee
October 4, 2018
Kamara was limited in practice Thursday due to a knee injury, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Finds end zone three times in Week 4 win
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 30, 2018
Kamara rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries while catching five of nine targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 33-18 win over the Giants.
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