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Alvin Kamara or Austin Ekeler

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Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
 
 
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ECR# 5# 10-
Best Rank# 2# 6-
Worst Rank# 9# 25-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total273.8187.7-
Avg Game17.114.4-
Avg Projection249.5216.3-
    
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Ben Rolfe B. Rolfe
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Morgan Colby M. Colby
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2022 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. LV at ATL
Week 2 at KC vs. TB
Week 3 vs. JAC at CAR
Week 4 at HOU vs. MIN
Week 5 at CLE vs. SEA
Week 6 vs. DEN vs. CIN
Week 7 vs. SEA at ARI
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. LV
Week 9 at ATL vs. BAL
Week 10 at SF at PIT
Week 11 vs. KC vs. LAR
Week 12 at ARI at SF
Week 13 at LV at TB
Week 14 vs. MIABYE WEEK
Week 15 vs. TEN vs. ATL
Week 16 at IND at CLE
Week 17 vs. LAR at PHI
Week 18 at DEN vs. CAR
Player Projections Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts219.1216.3
Rush Yards976.6952.4
Rush TDs9.47.9
   
Receiving
   
Receptions74.559.1
Rec Yards664.8521.6
Rec TDs5.34.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points249.5216.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2021 Points 
Week 111.715.1
Week 213.53.0
Week 316.717.8
Week 426.512.0
Week 527.924.2
Week 65.5
Week 723.9
Week 818.413.6
Week 98.216.4
Week 1011.9
Week 1135.5
Week 1215.9
Week 1312.4
Week 1414.420.5
Week 1514.23.1
Week 165.9
Week 1717.216.0
Week 1823.916.2
Total273.8187.7
Average17.114.4
Player Targets Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2021 Targets 
Week 104
Week 296
Week 364
Week 450
Week 558
Week 67
Week 711
Week 8104
Week 937
Week 106
Week 117
Week 128
Week 135
Week 1445
Week 1546
Week 164
Week 1736
Week 18122
Notes for Player Combination
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
Expert 
Derek Brown
FantasyPros
 Last year Alvin Kamara showed no signs of slowing down, logging his first 200-plus carry season. In the six full games with Jameis Winston under center, he was the RB5 in fantasy, averaging 23.2 touches and 5.5 targets (26.4% target share). Over that span, he was seventh in targets and sixth in receiving yards among all running backs. Kamara is a top 5-10 option at the running back position.
Andrew Erickson
FantasyPros
Austin Ekeler isn't used as a true three-down workhorse, but it's hard to tell based on the actual amount of touches he sees in the Los Angeles Chargers offense. At 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, Ekeler finished 8th in the NFL in total touches (276) and 14th in touches per game (17.2). But the raw touches hardly showcase the fantasy value Ekeler possesses, because he often commands an extremely high-share of high-value targets ie. targets and red-zone opportunities. His 13.9% target share and 70 receptions ranked second behind only Najee Harris. Ekeler's 18 red-zone touchdowns and 63 red-zone touches ranked first and second respectively. With such a secure role as a receiver out of the backfield and as a featured red-zone weapon in a high-powered offense, it's hard to imagine a healthy Ekeler not returning at least top-5 fantasy status in 2022. He wrapped a bow on the 2021 season as the RB3 in points per game and RB2 overall in half-point scoring.Alvin Kamara ranked third in touches per game (22.1) and was the RB6 in points per game after seeing a career-high in total seasonal touches (287) in 2021. He was the offense with no other weapons and averaged nearly six carries more per game than his career average. However, this came at the expense of his receptions per game falling by 1.5 per game. 2021 was the first season in Kamara's career he failed to catch at least 81 passes. The touches will inevitably come down for Kamara in 2022 as the Saints look to extend the shelf life of their 27-year old running back. As will Kamara's No. 3-ranked RB target share (13%) as the offense looks to spread the ball more with capable wide receivers available on the roster. But the main reason Kamara is being drafted at the end of Round 3 - as opposed to Round 1 or 2 - is because of a looming suspension. I won't dive deep into the weeds here from a legal side, but I recognize that his availability this season looks much better than it did a month ago. Essentially, the NFL seems likely to let the criminal justice system play out in regards to Kamara's case before laying down any punishment under the new collective bargaining agreement. His August 1 hearing was pushed back two months, and a suspension could realistically be pushed back as far into 2023. Unless of course a video releases of the crime in question which would force the NFL's hand into action. But as of now, they seem more than happy to take their time making Kamara a fantasy value at the end of Round 3.
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
Last year I was way off on Ekeler. I didn't think he would hold up. And once again I'm out on Ekeler- not because he's not a good RB, but rather because of his expensive price tag (RB 3) and the looming presence of rookie RB Isaiah Spiller. Spiller is bigger than Ekeler. It's clear the Chargers want to lighten Ekeler's volume. Spiller could easily vulture Ekeler at the goal line. A first-round price tag for a RB who might have his TDs vultured at the goal line is too rich for my blood. I'm out.UPDATE- Kamara's case has been delayed again, this time two months (end Sept/beg Oct). Since the NFL usually waits until the legal process has ended, it's possible Kamara could avoid a suspension in 2022. If that happens, he is no longer a bust at his current ADP & could be a value. Drafting Kamara is risky, but could pay off if his lawyers can keep delaying his case. The question is, how much gamble do you have in you? Stay tuned. It's not a question of if, but when Alvin Kamara gets suspended. There is a video of him hitting someone. The Saints expect a minimum suspension of six games, maybe more. The only question is when the NFL will impose it. RB 12 is way too high for a RB who is going to miss time, no matter how good he is.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Ekeler had a breakout elite RB1 year with 1,459 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns in the fantasy season. He should be an elite RB1 playing with Justin Herbert in 2022.Kamara struggled with injuries and ineffective quarterback play in 2021 and still finished the fantasy season with 1,175 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns. He should be back as a RB1, although Kamara was arrested in Las Vegas in February and charged with battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. At this point, a suspension in 2023 seems more likely, but it is still a risk that he could miss time in 2022.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
5/2: Line beefed up, but Spiller is also most legit RB he's ever had to share a backfield with. Still should be a monster in receiving & Red Zone8/2: AK41's court hearing is delayed at least 60 days, which means a suspension is much more unlikely, at least to start the year. I've been gobbling him up in Round 3, and will likely target him at the tail-end of Round 2 until we hear otherwise from now on 6/29 Update: Likely facing a 6+ game suspension -- Mark Ingram is a VERY cheap (re:Free) handcuff so you can "own the backfield," but missing over 1/3 of the season makes Kamara a risky bet in the first 2 rounds now, even with his stretch run ceiling. No Sean Payton, but Kamara benefits greatly from Jameis returning. He was the RB4 in PPR PPG (19.98) w/ Winston @ QB & this was in an atrocious attack. With MT & Olave now in town, this could be a monstrous season for AK41.
Nick Bretwisch
Win Daily Sports
 Until we know more about the legal situation, I can't move Kamara any lower based on speculation.
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
Last season was the strongest and healthiest of Ekeler's five-year career. He still fell short of a thousand rushing yards (911), but Ekeler's points come from the receiving game. His 70 receptions for 647 yards were far short of his 2019 numbers, but with Herbert at QB he's not going to see the dump-down passes he did with Rivers. The concern for Ekeler is that he losses some red-zone work with the addition of the rookie, Spiller, but it could have a positive effect of keeping him healthier in the long-run as well.If he avoids suspension we may have to move him up to the mid-first round. Kamara had more expected fantasy points per game (19.4) than Jonathan Taylor in '21. He was the RB6 (18.1 fp/g) despite career-worst efficiency, the Saints had 530 pass attempts (32nd) and will throw more this year. 53% of his career production has come as a receiver.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
In PPR formats, has highest Fantasy Points per Touch mark among RBs over the past 3 seasons (min. 30 games)Was Top 5 among RBs in PPR FPPG in 1st season sans Drew Brees, so the only question is availability, be it suspension or injury (7 DNPs in past 3 seasons)
Justin Lampkin
Clock Management Fantasy Football
This is the safest 1st round pick for me, Ekeler is a true duel threat, running and receiving the football. He is still young and an explosive offense that will score more often than not.