Alvin Kamara Injury Update Could Boost Latavius Murray Value as Top RB Handcuff in NFL Week 6

Jason Schandl
Dallas Cowboys v New Orleans Saints
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Alvin Kamara was officially limited at the New Orleans Saints' practice due to an ankle injury on Thursday, and Friday's update wasn't encouraging. If this ends up affecting his status for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it could be a big blow to Kamara's fantasy football value. That also means it would be a boon for Latavius Murray's as a top RB handcuff for Week 6.

Kamara's fantasy production took a hit when Drew Brees got injured in Week 2, but he's still put up 19.4 PPR fantasy points per game on the season, ranking sixth among all running backs. He's seen an especially large workload since Brees went down, racking up 49 carries and 20 targets over the Saints' last three games.

Murray, on the other hand, has seen his volume drop to 4.3 rush attempts and 1.0 targets per game during those contests, playing less than 25 percent of the team's offensive snaps in two of the three.

If Kamara plays, he'll be a must-start RB1, while Murray would be best left on your bench (or even the waiver wire in Week 6). If Kamara sits though, Murray becomes a virtual must-start option in what would likely be a workhorse role.

The Jaguars have given up the NFL's eighth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, making this a great matchup for either back to take advantage of. Assuming he plays, Kamara is the fifth-ranked RB in our Week 6 PPR fantasy football rankings. If Kamara sits, Murray will immediately jump up into the conversation as a strong RB2 option.

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