The question of whether Alvin Kamara is playing has dominated the last few weeks for the New Orleans Saints, but with other absences grabbing the headlines this week, Kamara has flown somewhat under the radar.
Let’s take a look at the latest updates regarding Kamara’s status and the fantasy football implications of his injury.
Is Alvin Kamara playing Sunday?
Once again, Kamara was limited all week and carries a questionable tag into the weekend. The fact he has not garnered much attention from the media over in London is a positive sign. That would suggest he is likely to be on the field this week, which the Saints desperately need.
Kamara was also able to suit up last week. He carried the ball 15 times, played on 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, and saw 22 total opportunities. That level of usage demonstrates that the team was comfortable enough with his health to give him his usual workload.
However, on Saturday afternoon, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Saints had elevated RB Latavius Murray from the practice squad for Sunday’s game. While the expectation is that Kamara will play, this certainly raises a question or two about just how healthy Kamara will be heading into this Week 4 matchup.
Can fantasy managers trust Kamara in Week 4?
That said, the usage we saw last week should give fantasy managers a lot of hope for this week’s matchup. Being a week further removed from the initial injury should only be a positive for his potential production. It will be tough for him to see many more than the 22 opportunities he saw last week, but a level of usage in that same region should very much be in play.
The matchup is extremely enticing this week. The Vikings have allowed an average of 24.6 fantasy points per game in half-PPR formats to opposing running backs. That makes them the third-best matchup in the league for backs. Additionally, they have allowed more than 25 fantasy points to the position in two of the first three weeks.
Kamara hasn’t had the fastest start to the year, but the results have been far from a disaster. In two games played, he has carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards. The real surprise has come in the receiving game where he has caught just five of his 11 targets for 19 yards. That inefficiency should not continue for a player as good at catching the ball as Kamara.
Entering this game, Kamara ranks just outside the top 10 at the position in Tommy Garrett’s PPR fantasy rankings. His value is largely flat across all scoring formats this week, and he looks set to give fantasy managers the perfect start to their Sunday. The additional element of having Andy Dalton under center could bring the short-passing game into play more. That can only be beneficial to a running back with Kamara’s receiving skillset.