Alvin Kamara Injury Update Could Make Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook Promising in Week 7

Jason Schandl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Alvin Kamara suffered an ankle injury in the New Orleans Saints' Week 6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing just 59 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

He's expected to be limited in practice all week, and while he's a long way from being ruled out, it's not encouraging to hear that he only "thinks he has a shot" to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. If Kamara can't go, Latavius Murray should take over the lead back role and will offer a ton of fantasy football value.

With Mark Ingram out of town, Kamara has been seeing the most volume of his career. Even including his shortened outing last week, Kamara is averaging 14.3 carries and 6.5 targets per game — 0.9 opportunities per game more than he saw in 2018.

Murray hasn't offered nearly the fantasy value that we saw from Ingram, tallying a combined 126 yards from scrimmage on 24 carries and seven targets through his first five games. His snap share jumped to 42 percent last week though, and he posted season highs in both carries (eight) and targets (three).

If Kamara can't go we can expect Murray's snap share to come close to doubling, and he'd be a safe bet for 20-plus touches. Even in a tough matchup with the Chicago Bears, who rank fifth in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings, that kind of volume would make Murray a terrific fantasy play for the week.

We'll have a better idea on Kamara's status when we get injury reports for the Saints' practices on Thursday and Friday. For the time being, though, adding Murray off the waiver wire gives you the potential for a strong Week 7 starter (or a handcuff, if you're a Kamara owner). Assuming Kamara doesn't play, Murray sits at RB25 in our Week 7 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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