- Height / Weight
- 5'10" / 214 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- July 25, 1995 (22)
- 2nd Season
- 2017 / Rd. 3 / Pk. 67 (NO)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who finished sixth in the league in yards from scrimmage, led the league in yards per carry and caught more passes than any running back not named Le'Veon Bell, is expected to see 14 or 15 carries per game with running back Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the season. Kamara averaged only 8.75 carries per game in his rookie season after Adrian Peterson was traded away. "He's excelled with the ratio he's had, whether it's the carries, the combination with the catches," running backs coach Joel Thomas said. "It's almost a number that you want to get to where he's still getting the number of touches he's had in the past, maybe with a few more carries." Kamara was already set to be a first-round fantasy pick this year, but Ingram's suspension likely boosts him into the top five.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown in the divisional round of the playoffs. Kamara outrushed Mark Ingram for the second straight game, putting up 43 yards on 11 carries, and also caught four passes for 62 yards. Kamara's score came with just over two minutes left in the game and gave the Saints their first lead of the game. It didn't last long, however, as an exchange of field goals and a dramatic last-second touchdown by Stefon Diggs ended their season. Kamara's slightly increased usage in the playoffs bodes well for his fantasy value next year, where he will likely be a first-round pick in many PPR leagues.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been the most efficient running back in the league, even as a rookie. Kamara finished the 2017 season with a league-leading 6.1 yards-per-carry rushing average and 10.2 yards per reception. He scored 13 total touchdowns on just over 200 touches. It will be tough to match those averages against the league's top rush defense and most efficient third-down defense in Minnesota. Kamara only carried the ball seven times and caught four passes in Week 1, back when the shadow of Adrian Peterson still loomed on the New Orleans sideline (this was the infamous glare game). Kamara has become an integral part of the offense, but expectations should be tempered for this playoff matchup.