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Alvin Kamara Fantasy Production Disappoints With First-Half Dud Against Panthers in Week 12

Jason Schandl

Heading into Week 12, Alvin Kamara ranked fifth among all running backs with an average of 18.5 PPR fantasy points per game. He's missed some time due to injury this season, but he's been reliable when he suits up.

That seems to have changed in Week 12, though, as he heads into halftime with just 1.1 PPR fantasy points — coming from one reception for just one yard.

It's not like the entire New Orleans Saints' offense struggled in the half, taking a 17-15 lead over the Carolina Panthers. Latavius Murray didn't have any trouble getting things going out of the backfield either, turning five touches of his own into 53 yards and one touchdown.

Kamara may still be feeling the effects of his injury, or Murray may just be earning an increased role. Whatever the case, Week 11 saw Kamara play just 63 percent of the team's offensive snaps, which is tied for his lowest of the season (excluding Week 6 when he got hurt). Following that with a five-touch, one-yard first half is not a good sign.

It's still far too early to panic and give up on Kamara, who should continue to be considered an RB1 option unless news of a new injury comes out.

These struggles and the limited workload do open the door for Murray though, giving his fantasy outlook a nice boost with the fantasy playoffs quickly approaching.

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