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Alvin Kamara has easily been one of the best fantasy running backs so far in 2018. Through three games, Kamara has 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground with an astounding 30 receptions for 289 yards and one touchdown through the air. 


That puts him third in the NFL in receptions and 12th in receiving yards. 


But with running backs, there's always a concern about wear and tear, even for a young player like Kamara. Since he's already struggling with a knee ailment, it looks like the Saints are going to try and give their star back some help in Week 4, before Mark Ingram comes back from suspension in Week 5.

This is a great move for the Saints and a rough, but not disastrous, move for Kamara's fantasy owners. He's been getting almost all the touches out of the backfield in Ingram's absence, and he's obviously made the most of them. Still, even if they're going to give some snaps to someone else, Kamara will still be the focus of the offense.

New Saints running back Dwayne Washington is a former seventh-round pick of the Detroit Lions and spent two years in Detroit before signing with the Saints this year. In his two years with the Lions, Washington ran for 309 yards and one touchdown in 17 games, so it's unlikely that he'll make a sudden jump into a playable fantasy option, even in the Saints offense. 


If New Orleans does attempt to lessen Kamara's insane workload, it will just simply be a primer for next week when Ingram returns. Even if the production falls off a bit, just enjoy the fact that this move is being made in order to keep Kamara healthy all season. 


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