Alvin Kamara Status Gives Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook Huge Boost for Week 8 Against Cardinals

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 20: Latavius Murray #28 of the New Orleans Saints runs as Prince Amukamara #20 of the Chicago Bears tries to tackle him during the second half at Soldier Field on October 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 36-25. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints v Chicago Bears | David Banks/Getty Images

While the return of Drew Brees gives New Orleans Saints fans plenty to be excited about in Week 8's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, they are once again expected to be without star running back Alvin Kamara.

This is, of course, a significant blow for fantasy football players counting on Kamara, but it is a huge boon for Latavius Murray's Week 8 fantasy value.

Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook Week 8

Murray was a true workhorse when Kamara sat out in Week 7. He exploded for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, adding another 31 yards on five receptions (six targets). Those 33 opportunities were the most for any RB last week.

He's in a sweet spot to keep rolling this week. The Saints are favored by 12.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, suggesting the potential for a seriously run-heavy game flow despite getting their Hall of Fame QB back.

The defensive matchup is also a juicy one, as the Cardinals allow the NFL's fourth-most yards and fourth-most points per game (PPG) to opponents.

Murray is a true top fantasy back this week, as a potential low-end RB1 or high-end RB2. We have him 14th at the position in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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