Alvin Kamara
Alvin Kamara
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
New Orleans Saints
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was a disappointment for Kamara, as lower-leg injuries hampered him down the stretch and limited him to "only" 1,330 total yards and six TDs, the lowest totals of his three-year career. When he's in top form, the Tennessee product remains one of the most electric open-field runners in the league and one of the top receiving threats out of the backfield, and he's remarkably hauled in exactly 81 passes in each of his three seasons. Before the injuries began to slow him, Kamara was right on pace for another brilliant campaign, averaging 7.1 yards per target through his first six games but only 4.3 YPT over his last nine, including the playoffs. Kamara's secret weapon has always been his surprising power and sturdiness as a rusher at 5-10, 215. Even in a season when he was often performing at less than 100 percent as he gutted out his injuries, he led the league in broken tackle rate with one for every 5.9 carries. Latavius Murray is still in town as a solid, veteran backup, but the Saints don't have much else behind him and are all-in on the 2020 season, i.e., Kamara will have some leverage if he opts for a contract holdout this summer in the final year of his rookie deal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.86 million contract with the Saints in June of 2017.
Feeling healthy again
RBNew Orleans Saints
March 11, 2020
Kamara posted Tuesday on his personal Twitter account that he's back at full strength after playing "on one leg... at 75 percent" in 2019.
ANALYSIS
Kamara dealt with ankle and knee injuries in October, missing two games before a conveniently timed Week 9 bye. He then churned out 4.9 yards per carry but just 5.2 per catch over the final seven games of the regular season, scoring four of his six touchdowns in Weeks 16 and 17. The 2017 third-round pick should bounce back from the least impressive season of his pro career, now entering the final year of his rookie contract. Of course, a holdout could be around the corner if the Saints don't sign Kamara to an extension soon.
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How do Alvin Kamara's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
22.2%
 
Positive Run %
84.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
55.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.6
 
Rushing TD %
2.9%
 
Touches Per Game
16.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
39.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.6%
 
% Team Targets
17.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.7%
 
Drop Rate
4.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alvin Kamara's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.06 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
131 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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As great as Kamara has been through his first two NFL seasons, it's possible he's only scratching the surface of his potential. His carries jumped by more than 60 percent last year without taking anything away from his role in the passing game, resulting in 18 total TDs. The Saints weren't afraid to use him in short-yardage situations (his 16 carries inside the 5 tied for fifth in the league) and the decision to let Mark Ingram walk this offseason and replace him with Latavius Murray suggests Kamara's role on the ground could expand further in 2019. The extra volume did result in lower efficiency, but the third-year back possesses top-shelf elusiveness and speed in the open field, and he consistently runs with toughness. Drew Brees' knack for finding Kamara in space doesn't hurt, either. Some time soon, New Orleans might have to reckon with a decline from its legendary QB, but Kamara will help cushion that blow when it eventually falls. If he joins the 300-touch club, he could take a run at 2,000 scrimmage yards.
A third-round pick out of Tennessee last year, Kamara joined the Saints with some uncertainty as to his eventual role. Unable to earn a full workload in college despite flashes of brilliance, he seemed stuck behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, and there were concerns that the rookie wouldn't be able to stand up to an NFL pounding. One year later, those concerns have all been washed away in the flood of highlight-reel plays Kamara produced. He led running backs in receiving yards and also led the league in percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards, with 11 such runs on 120 totes (9.2 percent). His presence prevented defenses from keying on Ingram, and the duo became the first RB teammates in history to both top 1,500 scrimmage yards in a season. Kamara displays excellent speed and elusiveness, but it's his change-of-direction skills and world-class acceleration that really set him apart. He can explode into and through even the smallest hole before it closes, and his ability to shift gears, change direction and rev back up in the open field routinely makes defenders look foolish. Ingram is suspended the first four games of the season, and while the Saints say they don't want to increase Kamara's workload too much, it's hard not to get excited for the possibility of what he could do with an additional 5-8 touches per game.
The Saints have a history of utilizing speedy pass-catching backs in their offense, so when Kamara fell into the third round of this year's draft, the New Orleans front office pounced, trading a second-round pick in 2018 to grab him. At 5-10, 215, Kamara has decent size, but it's his top-end speed and explosiveness that set him apart, making him a threat to take the ball to the end zone any time he gets it in open space. He's also a very good receiver and route runner. His vision is suspect, and he never got a chance to prove he can handle a full workload in college, but with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson also in the Saints' backfield, he won't be asked to do anything outside of his comfort zone. Kamara's touches as a rookie may be limited, but his per-play efficiency could be off the charts.
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Compiles 55 yards in overtime loss
RBNew Orleans Saints
January 5, 2020
Kamara carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown and brought in eight of nine targets for 34 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
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Scores twice in blowout victory
RBNew Orleans Saints
December 29, 2019
Kamara rushed eight times for 39 yards and two touchdowns, adding two receptions for 18 yards on three targets in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
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Ends touchdown drought
RBNew Orleans Saints
December 22, 2019
Kamara rushed 11 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns, grabbing six of seven targets for an additional 30 yards in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.
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Totals 89 yards in blowout victory
RBNew Orleans Saints
December 16, 2019
Kamara rushed 14 times for 66 yards and caught all five of his targets for 23 yards in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.
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Season-low output in shootout
RBNew Orleans Saints
December 8, 2019
Kamara rushed 13 times for 25 yards, adding four receptions for 18 yards in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
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