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.
Garners 87 scrimmage yards in win
RBNew Orleans Saints
December 9, 2018
Kamara rushed 12 times for 51 yards and brought in five of six targets for 36 yards in the Saints' 28-14 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also returned three kickoffs for 76 yards.
ANALYSIS
Kamara's totals weren't necessarily spectacular by any stretch, but he and Mark Ingram combined to give the Saints offense enough balance to notch the two-touchdown win. The 23-year-old back has only topped 100 rushing yards once this season, but he now has 13 catches over his last pair of contests and has hit the 70-reception mark for the campaign. Kamara will look to continue building up his numbers through both the ground and air against the Panthers in a Week 15 Monday night divisional matchup.
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How do Alvin Kamara's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.2%
 
Positive Run %
87.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
6.4%
 
Touches Per Game
18.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
42.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
9.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.22
 
% Team Air Yards
4.3%
 
% Team Targets
21.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
77.8%
 
Drop Rate
4.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.7
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Panthers pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Monday, Dec 17th at 8:15PM
Overall QB Rating Against
94.7
 
Cornerbacks
88.7
 
Safeties
109.8
 
Linebackers
97.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alvin Kamara's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.06 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
131 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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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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Another modest performance in loss
RBNew Orleans Saints
November 29, 2018
Kamara rushed 11 times for 36 yards and brought in eight of 11 targets for another 36 yards in Thursday's 13-10 loss to the Cowboys. He also returned three punts for 17 yards and fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.
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Held under 100 yards by Atlanta
RBNew Orleans Saints
November 22, 2018
Kamara racked up 89 rushing yards on 14 carries, adding one catch for nine yards during Thursday's 31-17 win against the Falcons.
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Scores in fifth straight
RBNew Orleans Saints
November 18, 2018
Kamara rushed 13 times for 71 yards and hauled in his lone target for a 37-yard touchdown in Sunday's 48-7 win over Philadelphia.
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Scores twice in big win
RBNew Orleans Saints
November 11, 2018
Kamara ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and added 46 yards on four receptions during Sunday's 51-14 win over the Bengals.
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Scores three touchdowns
RBNew Orleans Saints
November 4, 2018
Kamara carried 19 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Rams. He also caught four of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown during the 45-35 win.
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