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.
Totals 190 scrimmage yards in Week 3 shootout
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 23, 2018
Kamara rushed 16 times for 66 yards and caught 15 of 20 targets for 124 yards in Sunday's 43-37 overtime win over the Falcons.
ANALYSIS
Kamara could've had an even bigger day, but he had two short touchdowns vultured on the ground by quarterback Drew Brees, including a one-yard score in overtime after a would-be Kamara touchdown was ruled just short. Still, it's tough for owners to complain about this effort, especially in PPR formats. The second-year running back has a whopping 430 scrimmage yards through three games heading into next week's road tilt against the Giants.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    103
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    2
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
464
44
2018
103
2
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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Productive all-around effort in Week 2 win
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 16, 2018
Kamara rushed 13 times for 46 yards and brought in all six of his targets for an additional 53 yards in the Saints' 21-18 win over the Browns on Sunday. He also logged a two-point conversion rush.
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Logs 81.3 percent of snaps
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 10, 2018
Kamara played 52 of 64 snaps (81.3 percent) on offense in Sunday's 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay.
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Excels in passing game during Week 1 loss
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 9, 2018
Kamara rushed eight times for 29 yards and two touchdowns and brought in nine of 12 targets for 112 yards and another score in the Saints' 48-40 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Saints cautious in usage
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 9, 2018
Saints coach Sean Payton told Fox's Jay Glazer that they want to be careful not to overuse Kamara during teammate Mark Ingram's suspension, Glazer reported on Fox's pregame show.
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Reaches paydirt in dress rehearsal
RBNew Orleans Saints
August 25, 2018
Kamara rushed four times for 16 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers. He also caught one of two targets for 10 yards.
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