The Saints used running back Alvin Kamara a lot during Mark Ingram‘s four-game suspension to open the season and Kamara performed well as the team won three of those games.
Ingram’s return for last Monday’s game against Washington was expected to cut into Kamara’s usage, but the size of the bite was bigger than many would have predicted. Ingram had 18 touches, which was twice as many as Kamara had in the 43-19 win.
In a post-bye conference call on Monday morning, head coach Sean Payton said he expected more balance in the future and that the way the Saints scored changed the plans their last time out. Payton said Kamara's lack of touches was a byproduct of 60 and 40 yard passing TDs. Hopefully this will ease the pain of Kamara owners still in shock from Week 5.
NO RB Alvin Kamara - Week 19 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 19 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
After resting in the Saints’ Week 17 loss to the Panthers, Alvin Kamara finished the regular season with 883 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 194 carries while also adding 81 receptions with four additional scores and 709 receiving yards. That production made Kamara fantasy’s RB4 and No. 4 overall player, which were the exact rankings he had as a rookie in 2017. Mark Ingram will continue to see touches in Sean Payton’s offense but there’s no question who the No. 1 back is in New Orleans. Now that it’s postseason time, Kamara figures to see plenty of touches in both the running and passing game Sunday when the Saints host the Eagles. Ranked as our RB3 for the Divisional Round, Kamara is worth the heavy price in DFS play.