Kamara rushed for 75 yards on 10 carries and added 12 yards on four catches in Sunday's 52-38 win over Detroit.
Adrian Peterson's departure actually didn't give Kamara that big of an uptick in workload on Sunday. His 14 touches actually fell one below his Week 4 total. Some of that might have been due to the circumstances of the game and the team leaning on Mark Ingram, a thicker back, to run out the clock. Expect for his usage moving forward to more securely rest at 15-to-20 touches per game. New Orleans no doubt wants to tap into Kamara's big-play ability that has led to an absurd 8.1 yards per rush over the past three weeks. The receiving-inclined Kamara could spell Ingram for stretches as opposed to just coming in for a change of pace.
Because of the value Saints head coach Sean Payton places on the versatility in his running backs, Mark Ingram and Kamara, both of whom are superior pass catchers than Peterson, had already outpaced the 2012 NFL MVP in snaps through the team's first four games. Peterson nonetheless picked up 27 carries across those contests, so his departure should open up a few additional touches per game for both Ingram and Kamara, raising their overall fantasy ceilings.
Kamara rushed five times for 25 yards and brought in all 10 of his targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-0 win over the Dolphins in London. He also totaled 23 yards on his sole kickoff return.
After a trio of serviceable performances to start his career, Kamara's effort Sunday could be considered a breakout performance, considering his reception total paced the Saints. The 22-year-old rookie was a trusted outlet option for QB Drew Brees throughout the afternoon and then capped off the scoring on the day with a 12-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Kamara's usage in the passing game is naturally an encouraging development for fantasy owners, one that he'll look to uphold when the Saints take on the Lions in Week 6 following a Week 5 bye.
Kamara rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on two carries during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Panthers. He also caught three of five targets for an additional five yards.
Kamara made the most of his limited opportunities in this one, churning out a 12-yard gain before rumbling for his first career touchdown on a 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter. He was also targeted more than all other Saints backs combined, though he didn't make much of an impact as a receiver. Kamara still has a ways to go before be can be considered a reliable fantasy play, but he has certainly flashed his potential at times in the early stages.
Kamara caught three of seven passes for 51 yards and rushed once for three yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Similar to the game against the Vikings in Week 1, the Saints found themselves playing catch1up most of the afternoon against New England. However, unlike in Week 1 where Kamara played half of the Saints' offensive snaps, the rookie running back was limited to 17 offensive snaps (26 percent) in Week 2. As expected, Kamara appears part of a frustrating three-man committee -- with both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram also seeing touches -- that makes the weekly usage difficult to predict and limits the fantasy value of all three. Yet, Kamara's ability to catch passes out of the backfield adds a different dimension to the offense, which should provide him a relatively safe weekly floor, especially in PPR leagues.
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