Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
@ 23 19
vs 5 14
@ 12 16
vs 24 19
vs 29 21
vs 17 17
@ 3 14
vs 25 20
vs 11 16
@ 27 20
vs 9 15
@ 7 15
@ 5 14
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vs 23 19
@ 15 16
@ 22 19
vs 12 16
Player Outlook
Kamara remains a No. 1 Fantasy running back who will be a first-round pick, but there's some worry about what his upside really is, and if he'll be available for all 17 games. Kamara finished as the seventh-best running back on a PPR basis last year, managing 15-plus PPR points in five of seven games with Jameis Winston and four of six without him. He did it with a career-low in receptions per game (3.6), but a career-high in carries (18.5) and rush yards (69.1) per game. You're not wrong to think the ship may have sailed on Kamara being reliable for 80-plus receptions in a season. Still, 50 to 60 catches are in reach as are 10-plus touchdowns in a season (he had nine in 13 games last year), and no one's complaining if the Saints keep feeding him the ball on handoffs. The last issue might be the biggest as Kamara may be suspended for an off-field incident last February in Las Vegas. If that happens, his draft value might slide a little, but we wouldn't discount him much unless we're talking a six-plus game absence. Ultimately figure Kamara as one of your Round 1 options between fifth and 10th overall in all formats.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 898 3.74 4 47 439 5 18614.3
2020 932 4.98 16 83 756 5 29419.6
3y Avg. 876 4.40 8 0 70 576 4 21615.4
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Fantasy News

  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: May not be suspended this year

    Kamara's legal case won't necessarily impact his availability this season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports (per Field Yates of ESPN). Schefter says it's looking "more and more likely" that the assault charges against Kamara won't lead to a suspension in 2022. That's partially because court dates keep getting pushed back, with the most recent postponement being from Aug. 5 to Sept. 29. It's not clear how much of that, if any, is an intentional strategy by Kamara's lawyers. The case reportedly involves video evidence that shows Kamara punching a man multiple times, but the NFL often prefers to let legal situations play out in court before ruling on a league suspension. It does seem like something that will cost Kamara at least a game or two -- and quite possibly more -- at some point in the not-so-distant future, and he isn't totally out of the woods as far as 2022 is concerned.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Court date confirmed

    Kamara's hearing regarding a battery charge has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, Katherine Terrell of reports. Earlier Monday, Terrell reported that Kamara's imminent court date was pushed back another two months to October, the third time this hearing has been delayed. Kamara faces misdemeanor and felony battery charges for an incident in early February in Las Vegas. Until the legal process plays out, the NFL likely will wait to make a decision on any sort of punishment.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Hearing pushed back again

    A hearing for a battery case involving Kamara has been pushed back by at least two months to October or later, Katherine Terrell of reports. Kamara is facing misdemeanor and felony battery charges, with evidence reportedly including video that shows him punching the victim multiple times. The NFL has used the commissioner's exempt list in the past to keep players off the field while legal situations play out, but in this case the league seems more inclined to wait out the process. Kamara still is in danger of being suspended at some point, but it might not be until later this season or even 2023. The hearing now has been pushed back three times.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: No timeline for league ruling

    Per Ross Jackson of USA Today, there's no clear timetable for when Kamara could potentially face NFL discipline stemming from his February arrest following an altercation in Las Vegas. The report suggests that the league will wait for the legal process to wrap up before making any determination. Kamara's next hearing is currently scheduled for early August, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, though Jackson notes that if the case goes on beyond that juncture, the process could extend into the regular season. There's been speculation that the running back could be facing a six-game suspension from the NFL down the road, and in the event that Kamara misses any time, Mark Ingram, Tony Jones, Dwayne Washington, Devine Ozigbo and Abram Smith are currently next up on the Saints' backfield depth chart.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Legal hearing postponed

    Kamara's legal case pending in Las Vegas has been pushed back to Aug. 1, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Kamara is facing two battery-related charges as a result of a February incident at a Las Vegas establishment. It's not clear if this delay in the legal process will impact Kamara's availability for the start of Saints training camp in late July.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Contract restructured

    By converting $10.47 million of what Kamara was in line to be paid this coming season into a signing bonus, the Saints have created $8.37 million in salary cap space for 2022, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Per Ross Jackson of The USA Today, restructuring the terms of Kamara's deal frees up much-needed cap space for the team as free agency approaches. Jackson also notes that a court hearing related to Kamara's battery case, stemming from the running back's arrest last month following an alleged altercation in Las Vegas, has been pushed back to April 25. The 26-year-old finished the 2021 season with 240 carries for 898 yards and four TDs in 13 games to go along with 47 catches (on 67 targets) for 439 yards and five receiving scores.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Court date set for March

    Kamara is scheduled to make his first appearance in court March 8 following his arrest Sunday in Las Vegas on a charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm, David Charns of 8 News Now Las Vegas reports. Following his appearance for the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Kamara was taken into police custody after his alleged involvement in an incident that occurred at a Las Vegas casino and night club early Saturday morning. Kamara was released from jail after posting bail Sunday, and his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday was later canceled. Kamara and the Saints have yet to make a statement about his arrest, and both the team and NFL may wait for the legal process to play out before determining if the running back faces a fine or suspension.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Arrested on battery charge

    Kamara was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas on a battery charge after he was accused of injuring another person at a night club Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The running back's arrest came just hours after he participated in the Pro Bowl earlier in the day. In a press release, the Las Vegas Police Department announced that Kamara was taken into custody without incident and booked for battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Tops 150 total yards

    Kamara rushed the ball 30 times for 146 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over Atlanta. He added two receptions for 16 yards. Kamara was the centerpiece of the Saints' offense, particularly after Taysom Hill suffered a foot injury that pushed Trevor Siemian into action. The end result was a career-high 30 rushing attempts for Kamara and his highest yardage total on the ground for the campaign. Kamara relied primarily on volume to produce, though he highlighted his effort with gains of 27 and 13 yards to turn in an efficient effort. The primary thing missing from Kamara's performance was a trip to the end zone, a common theme for the season as he tallied only nine total touchdowns -- 12 fewer than his mark in 2020. The Saints will presumably look to upgrade their offense during the offseason, which could benefit Kamara's fantasy outlook from an efficiency perspective.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Productive against Panthers

    Kamara carried the ball 13 times for 32 yards and caught five of six targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers. It was a rough day for Kamara on the ground, as Taysom Hill ended up leading New Orleans in rushing, but the running back found success through the air and capped his performance with a 12-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter. It's the seventh time this season Kamara has reached triple-digit scrimmage yards in a game, and he could be poised for big numbers again in Week 18 against the Falcons as the Saints try to sneak into the playoffs.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Held in check

    Kamara rushed 13 times for 52 yards while catching two of four targets for seven yards during Monday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins. Despite the seemingly favorable matchup with Miami, Kamara was not set up to succeed considering he was working with a fourth-string rookie quarterback behind a patchwork offensive line. However, it was still confusing that the Saints didn't feed him the ball more often given the massive struggles Ian Book had throwing the ball. In any case, the entire offense should find easier sledding in Week 17 against Carolina if either or Taysom Hill (COVID-19) or Trevor Siemian (COVID-19) is able to gain medical clearance in time.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Emergency quarterback

    Kamara will serve as the Saints' emergency quarterback for Monday's game against the Dolphins in the event both starter Ian Book and backup Blake Bortles aren't available at any point during the game, Peter Schrager reported on the "Fox NFL Sunday" program. The Saints should have been expected to be creative with Kamara to begin with, so don't be surprised if the Saints roll out a few direct snaps to the versatile back during the contest. New Orleans will be without its top two signal-callers after both Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday following positive tests for the virus.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Just 31 yards on 13 touches

    Kamara was held in check Sunday, recording just 18 yards on 11 carries while catching two of six targets for 13 yards in a 9-0 win over the Buccaneers. The Saints were missing several key players all over their offensive lineup, so Tampa Bay's defense was keyed in on Kamara in this low-scoring matchup. The star tailback looked to be operating at full capacity in his impressive return from a knee injury last week (145 total yards and a touchdown), so this rough outing can't be attributed to poor health. For what it's worth, fellow back Mark Ingram (nine carries for 10 yards) didn't fare any better against the Bucs' dominant rush defense, and no New Orleans player averaged more than 3.0 yards per carry. Kamara's fantasy managers who are moving on in the fantasy playoffs will hope for a bounce-back game against the Dolphins next Monday.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Carves up Jets in return

    Kamara (knee) rushed 27 times for 120 yards and a touchdown while catching four of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets. The Saints had no qualms about feeding Kamara in his first action since Week 9, as he racked up 94 yards on 16 first-half touches, including a 16-yard touchdown run to take a 10-3 lead 3:42 before halftime. Kamara's workload remained steady in the second half, but his bid for a second touchdown from the 1-yard line was stuffed in the fourth quarter, and Taysom Hill took it in himself on the next play. While finding running room will be tougher in Week 15 against the stingy Tampa Bay front, Kamara's elite receiving ability out of the backfield coupled with his rushing volume will keep him a must-start fantasy option if healthy.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: To take on usual role Sunday

    Coach Sean Payton indicated Kamara should be able to handle his typical workload in Sunday's road game against the Jets, Mike Triplett of reports. In his return from a four-game absence this weekend, Kamara may be operating out of the backfield without Mark Ingram and Ty Montgomery due to the pair testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. If the preceding comes to pass, Kamara's primary competition for snaps will be special teamer Dwayne Washington, second-year pro Tony Jones and fullback Adam Prentice. Kamara acted as the Saints' lead runner Weeks 1 through 9, when he averaged 22.3 touches for 105 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring seven TDs in eight contests.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Full practice participant at last

    Kamara (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday. Since he first appeared on injury reports back in early November due to what was eventually termed as an MCL sprain, Kamara has missed four consecutive contests. Kamara's long-awaited return to full activity coincides with Mark Ingram's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday due to a positive test for the virus. There's a small chance Ingram gets through the necessary protocols and is cleared to play Sunday at the Jets, but Kamara may have reached full health at a perfect time to take on close to his usual workhorse role. In eight contests prior to the knee injury, Kamara averaged 22.3 touches for 105 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring seven total touchdowns. It's worth noting, however, that his production in those contests came while either Jameis Winston (knee) or Trevor Siemian was starting at quarterback, but Taysom Hill has since ascended to the top of the depth chart. During the four games Hill started in 2020, Kamara averaged only 72 yards from scrimmage and four targets per game while scoring three times.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Sitting out again Thursday

    Kamara (knee) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Cowboys. When Kamara was able to receive limited listings on all three Week 13 injury reports, there was a glimmer of hope that he'd be able to see his first game action since Week 9. However, following a report from Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network early Thursday, Kamara was considered unlikely to suit up. Kamara thus will yield the Saints backfield to Mark Ingram, who is back after missing one contest due to swelling in his knee. With Tony Jones a healthy scratch, wide receiver Ty Montgomery, fullback Adam Prentice and special teamer Dwayne Washington are available for any RB reps that don't go to Ingram.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: On track to sit out Week 13

    Kamara (knee), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, won't be available to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report. An official word on Kamara's status won't come until the Saints release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, but fantasy managers should prepare for the star running back to miss a fourth consecutive contest. Heading into Thursday, Kamara appeared to have a decent chance of playing this week after he was listed as a limited participant on practice reports issued Monday through Wednesday, but the Saints may have wanted him to upgrade to full activity before clearing him to return from an MCL sprain. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram practiced fully throughout the week and looks on track to recapture a three-down workhorse role out of the New Orleans backfield after a bout with knee inflammation prevented him from playing in the Saints' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Another limited showing

    Kamara (knee) was limited at Tuesday's practice. Kamara earned the same listing on Monday's injury report, but on a positive note he at least has maintained his activity level on back-to-back days after missing the past three games due to a sprained MCL. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram (knee) again practiced in full Tuesday, putting himself in a better spot to be the Saints' lead runner Thursday against the Cowboys. If Kamara doesn't do enough to be cleared for his first game action since Nov. 7, Ingram will be just that Week 13.
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  • Saints' Alvin Kamara: Practicing again Tuesday

    Kamara (knee) is taking part in practice again Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports. Kamara has participated three days straight, placing him on a path toward rejoining the action Thursday after sitting out the past three games. We should get a better feel for his status when the team releases its official injury report for the big Thursday night showdown with the Cowboys.
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