Latavius Murray Fantasy Outlook Could Improve at Alvin Kamara's Expense

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 27: Latavius Murray #28 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Latavius Murray has been an elite fantasy football option recently, as he's been dominating while Alvin Kamara has been sidelined with an ankle injury. However, Kamara wasn't listed on the New Orleans Saints latest injury report, and it appears he's going to play in Week 10.

While that's obviously a positive for his fantasy outlook, it appears the two players could be entering into more of a timeshare in the Saints' backfield.

There are a few factors contributing to this potential shift. First, and most importantly, is Murray's performance over the last two games. With Kamara out of the lineup, Murray racked up at least 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in each of the games in which he was the lead back.

Secondly, there's the fact that Kamara got injured at all. Kamara was averaging 20.8 opportunities (carries plus targets) through six games in 2019, compared to the 13.8 per game he averaged as a rookie in 2017. It's fair to expect New Orleans to expand Murray's workload in an effort to keep Kamara healthy.

Even if Kamara begins to lose some touches to Murray, though, he's still best viewed as an RB1 going forward.

In fact, this news likely helps Murray's fantasy outlook more than it hurts Kamara's. Kamara checks in at RB3 in our Week 10 fantasy football PPR rankings, while Murray clocks in at RB27.

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