Alvin Kamara Fantasy Outlook Rises Following Encouraging Injury Update

Max Staley
Alvin Kamara's fantasy outlook was boosted by an encouraging injury update.
Alvin Kamara's fantasy outlook was boosted by an encouraging injury update. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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Alvin Kamara is one of the top running backs in both fantasy and real-life football. Still, his 2019 season was a bit of a disappointment to anyone who drafted him at his average draft position (RB3, per FantasyPros), as Kamara finished as the RB9 in PPR leagues.

Injuries played a big part in that decline, but it appears he's finally healthy heading into 2020. That should make him a top-tier RB once again – especially in PPR leagues.

Alvin Kamara Fantasy Football Value

Currently carrying an ADP of RB4, Kamara should have no problem living up to or exceeding that draft cost, provided he stays healthy.

For one, he was actually fantasy's RB6 over the first five weeks of the season before injuries got in the way. During that span he turned 15.0 carries and 6.2 targets (21.2 opportunities) into 116.6 yards from scrimmage per game. In his subsequent nine contests those averages fell to 18.0 opportunities for 83.0 yards from scrimmage per game.

Simply put, not only did Kamara hurt fantasy owners by missing time, he wasn't at his physical peak once he came back. That caused his efficiency to dip, as he was the RB9 on a per-game basis during that span.

Kamara appears to be in fantastic shape heading into the season, and there's no reason to think these injuries will flare up again. He's safe to view as a bonafide top-five RB.

We have Kamara ranked as the RB5 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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