Alvin Kamara Injury Update Clouds Week 8 Fantasy Value in Saints' Backfield

Jason Schandl
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Alvin Kamara was finally starting to handle true workhorse volume to start the 2019 season until an injured ankle derailed things a bit, forcing him to sit out Week 7's game against the Chicago Bears. That gave Latavius Murray a big boost in fantasy football as the New Orleans Saints' lead back.

Kamara has not yet been ruled out for Week 8's meeting with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving the backfield's fantasy value in flux.

The worst case for fantasy owners would be if Kamara plays but is limited, because if there's a clear lead back then they will immediately be a top fantasy option for the week.

Kamara has averaged 14.3 carries and 6.5 targets per game in 2019, and Murray handled a massive 27 carries and six targets last week.

That kind of volume is always going to be appealing for an RB's fantasy value, but that's especially true against the Cardinals. Arizona is allowing 6.0 yards per play on the year (tied for seventh most in the NFL), and are surrendering the fifth-most points per game (27.4).

We should have a better idea of Kamara's status after Wednesday and Thursday's practice reports come out.

Accounting for Kamara suiting up, he sits at RB5 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings while Murray is RB31. If Kamara is ruled out, expect Murray's ranking to take a massive jump.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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