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Alvin Kamara Fantasy Value Could Be Improved With Teddy Bridgewater Starting at QB

Dan Israeli

Following Drew Brees' thumb injury in Week 2, many fantasy owners worried what effect the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback's absence would have on the New Orleans Saints' elite duo of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.

If the team's Week 3 win over the Seattle Seahawks is any indication, both players should be just fine. Thomas finished with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, while Kamara exploded for 161 total yards and two TDs.

While Thomas could experience a dip in production, he should still provide serviceable numbers with Bridgewater at the helm, thanks to him being the clear-cut top receiving option on the Saints. Kamara, however, has the chance to see his fantasy value increase without Brees, as his 87.9 percent snap share at running back in Week 3 was a career high.

Playing time has always been a minor hurdle for Kamara to deal with, but he has balanced out a low week-to-week carry total with elite efficiency, a heavy role in the passing game and prolific touchdown scoring. While Kamara only carried the ball 16 times against the Seahawks, his 25 touches was a season high, and surprisingly the second-highest total of his NFL career, only trailing a 31-touch outing against the Atlanta Falcons last season.

Teddy Bridgewater got the job done in Seattle, but mostly acted as a game manager, attempting just 27 passes and finishing with 177 yards on the day. The Saints were already a run-heavy team, and now may be requiring their QB to do even less as they navigate the next five or six weeks without Brees.

While it's just one game, the Saints have a strong offensive line and a proven defense, which should result in more positive game scripts for Kamara going forward. With four home games over their next six, the dynamic back should continue to be the focal point of the Saints' offense and has immense touchdown upside in the weeks ahead.

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