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Week 17 Outlook
Alvin Kamara rushed the ball 18 times for 85 yards and caught three of his six targets for an additional 20 yards in a Divisional Round loss to the Bucs.
Kamara has been bottled up by the Bucs all season and although he was able to break off a few chunk plays on Sunday, he still had a quiet game by his standards. A lot of Kamara's value in fantasy football comes from catching short passes and plunging touchdowns on an electric offense. With Drew Brees set to retire, Kamara's fantasy value in 2021 will be up for debate. Although Kamara finished as the top running back in 2020, his usage was only the 10th-highest. If Taysom Hill is the Saints Week 1 starter, Kamara will certainly see a drop in his ADP.
Alvin Kamara had 23 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in both of his targets for an additional 17 yards in the Wild Card round of the playoffs as the Saints defeated the Bears.
Kamara looked electric at times but only averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He ripped off a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter that was his longest rush of the day. After that, the Saints relentlessly fed Kamara the ball near the goal line in an attempt to get him another score but failed to get him in the end zone. Latavius Murray left Sunday's game with a thigh injury. If he's unable to play next week, Kamara should receive even a heavier workload against a stout Bucs defense.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will play against the Bears on Sunday in the first round of the NFL playoffs.
Kamara practiced remotely throughout the week, and his status was in question after going on the Reserve/COVID-19 list a little over a week ago. He'll be good to go and can be safely inserted into DFS lineups.
Alvin Kamara, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on January 1st, has been participating in live practices remotely with "TVU networks technology," according to Adam Schefter.
The star running back has been using a live video decoder known as a "transceiver" at home in order to view the Saints' practices, Schefter noted. It sounds like Sean Payton is doing everything he can to keep Kamara involved in the game plan as he still has a shot to suit up and play on Sunday in New Orleans' Wild Card matchup with the Chicago Bears. Per league protocol, Kamara will still need to be asymptomatic, pass a cardiac screening, and receive full clearance from the Saints' medical staff in order to return. Latavius Murray would carry the load if Kamara isn't cleared in time.
Saints star RB Alvin Kamara (COVID-19) has a chance to clear the league's Reserve/COVID-19 list protocols before the team hosts the Chicago Bears during Wild Card weekend Sunday afternoon.
Kamara was placed on the league's Reserve/COVID-19 list a few days ago which held him out against the Panthers in Week 17. The Saints' super-star running back is eligible to return off the Reserve/COVID-19 list after 10 days, which turns out to be Sunday, January 10th, the day the Saints host the Bears. Kamara will need to be asymptomatic, pass a cardiac screening and receive full clearance from the Saints' medical staff in order to return but the expectation is that he will be cleared to play against the Bears on Sunday.