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Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook Could Explode With Potential Alvin Kamara Holdout

Jason Schandl
Latavius Murray's fantasy football value could be set to skyrocket with a potential Alvin Kamara holdout.
Latavius Murray's fantasy football value could be set to skyrocket with a potential Alvin Kamara holdout. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Latavius Murray's 2020 fantasy football value was always going to depend on Alvin Kamara's availability. In 2019, Murray was a must-start when Kamara was hurt but a bench player when Kamara suited up.

News broke on Monday that Kamara could possibly be holding out as he looks for a contract extension, and that gives Murray the potential for a huge increase in 2020 fantasy value.

Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook

Murray was already one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy football. Now, managers may not even need to wait for the season to start for Murray to get a shot to showcase why.

The New Orleans Saints' offense is one of the best in the league, and that's the kind of situation that can help any back post relevant fantasy stats. Murray proved to be more than just "any back" in a pair of Kamara-less games in 2019 as well.

In Week 7 and Week 8, Murray played over 80 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps twice, racking up 32.0 and 36.7 PPR fantasy points.

That ridiculous production was backed up by elite volume as well. He saw 27 carries with 6 targets in Week 7, then 21 carries with 12 targets in Week 8. Even if he didn't score 4 touchdowns, he would have been a fantasy football monster.

This news is still far from a guarantee that Kamara will hold out into the regular season, but it certainly opens the door for that possibility.

Murray's draft stock should already start to climb from his current average draft position (ADP) of RB39, according to FantasyPros. But things will get really crazy if Kamara officially holds out, which would make Murray worth consideration as a first or second-round fantasy football pick.

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