Alvin Kamara vs. Saquon Barkley
Fantasy Football Draft Duels are back for the 2018 fantasy football draft season! This year, we're focusing on the major decisions fantasy football drafters have to face when they're picking their fantasy football teams.
For these Duels, assume typical 12-team, point-per-perception (PPR) fantasy football leagues.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (NFFC ADP: 5.39)
Kamara turned 201 touches into 1,554 yards in his rookie season, and since we've already seen his proven production, he's my choice.
Kamara will continue to benefit from a coach who excels in weaponizing his pass-catching running backs, and he should see an increase on the 100 targets he saw last year. In addition, he should see more than his 120 rushing attempts of 2017, as Mark Ingram is suspended for the first four games of the season.
With Ingram playing out the last year of his contract, don't be surprised to see Ingram have a bit role upon his return, especially after the coaching staff phased out a previously productive Willie Snead after his 2017 suspension.
Kamara saw his highest touch totals of the season during Weeks 15 and 16 last year, and at 215 pounds, he's not a small scat back who's unable to absorb punishment. After averaging 12.5 touches last year, he should flirt with 15-20 this year, and even if his efficiency drops, the added volume makes him a lock as a top-five pick. -Jim Coventry
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (NFFC ADP: 6.68)
Kamara was amazing last year, but give me the guy getting 250-plus carries and nearly as many catches. Pat Shurmur's scheme and an improved line will be major upgrades to the offense.
Barkley is by all accounts a generational prospect. And unlike Kamara, he won't be yielding most of the early-down and goal-line carries to another back for 12 games. -Chris Liss
Now, it's your turn to vote: