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Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
vs. GB, Sun 4pm EDT
vs. SEA, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 8# 20-
Best Rank# 3# 9-
Worst Rank# 27# 46-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. GB vs. SEA-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. RBs perform close to their average vs GBThis is a 3 star matchup. RBs perform close to their average vs SEA-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att24.824.5
Rush Yds112.895.6
Rush TD11.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total294.8216.8-
Avg Game19.714.5-
Avg Projection14.57.9-
2019 Average19.714.5-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB vs. SEA
Week 2 at CAR vs. LAR
Week 3 at NE at TEN
Week 4 vs. NYG at MIA
Week 5 at WAS at BAL
Week 6BYE WEEK vs. HOU
Week 7 at SEA at SF
Week 8 vs. TB vs. TEN
Week 9 vs. ATL vs. NYJ
Week 10 at TEN vs. JAC
Week 11 at PHI at BUF
Week 12 vs. BUF vs. TB
Week 13 vs. DAL at HOU
Week 14 at NYJBYE WEEK
Week 15 at TB vs. NE
Week 16 vs. MIA at ARI
Week 17 vs. CAR vs. LV
Player Projections Comparison
 
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
vs. GB, Sun 4pm EDT
vs. SEA, Sun 1pm EDT
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts12.79.8
Rush Yards58.345.5
Rush TDs0.60.3
   
Receiving
   
Receptions5.11.7
Rec Yards42.613.6
Rec TDs0.20.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points14.57.9
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2020 Points 
Week 118.78.9
Week 229.417.0
Week 331.712.2
Week 417.97.9
Week 511.913.4
Week 611.5
Week 714.8
Week 816.33.1
Week 910.97.4
Week 1027.83.7
Week 1110.511.4
Week 125.2
Week 1315.719.5
Week 1415.428.5
Week 1515.415.5
Week 1653.219.4
Week 1737.4
Total294.8216.8
Average19.714.5
Player Targets Comparison
 
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
2020 Targets 
Week 186
Week 292
Week 3141
Week 441
Week 5103
Week 64
Week 78
Week 8132
Week 962
Week 1082
Week 1114
Week 122
Week 1333
Week 14102
Week 1565
Week 1651
Week 172
Notes for Player Combination
 
Alvin Kamara
RB - NO
vs. GB, Sun 4pm EDT
vs. SEA, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It seems like Kamara will be on the field for the Saints in Week 1, though nothing is set in stone until they agree to that contract extension. I'll come back on Saturday and update these notes if needed, but we'll plan like Kamara will be out there. The Bucs are a brutal matchup for running backs, as evidenced by the league-low 907 rushing yards they allowed in 2019. They allowed a league-low 3.02 yards per carry, and also contained running backs through the air, allowing just 4.21 yards per target, which was also the best in the NFL. It's rare to see a team accomplish elite numbers against both, and it's even more impressive when you know they played both Christian McCaffrey and Kamara twice. In the meetings last year, Kamara was able to remain decent, finishing as the RB17 in Week 5 and then the RB3 in Week 11. The latter performance was largely in part to his 10 receptions that only netted 47 yards. Murray didn't fare so well, totaling 55 yards on 17 carries in the two games with no touchdowns, finishing as the RB48 and RB52 in those games. Have the injuries piled up for Kamara to the point where they lessen his workload? Rumors have surfaced that he had an epidural injection in his back just a few weeks ago. There's certainly enough risk between that and the matchup to downgrade Kamara's expectations to low-end RB1/high-end RB2 territory.We didn't get any preseason games, so we don't have any clue how this timeshare will work, but I'm going with talent. The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the draft because they felt they had a void at the position, period. They're now about to go and face the defense that allowed 10 running backs to post top-12 performances against them in 2019. Keep in mind they had Calais Campbell on the roster the entire season and Marcell Dareus for half of it. They're no longer on the defensive line. To highlight the issue, the Jaguars allowed 5.20 yards per carry with Dareus off the field last year. They allowed 5.76 yards per carry when Campbell was off the field. Teams should be able to run wild on this defense, especially one with a top-three offensive line. Again, going back to last year, they allowed 205.2 total yards per game to running backs, which allows for multiple producers. I'm expecting around 15 touches for Taylor in his debut and that's good enough for an RB2 start, even with the uncertainty in his role, as this defense is just too giving.
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
 Let's pump the brakes on Jonathan Taylor this week. We still haven't seen how the Colts intend to split carries in this backfield, and there's a good chance that they start Taylor off slow. Marlon Mack is still the starter according to Indy's depth chart, and while that may be just a formality, I would avoid starting Taylor if you have a better option at RB2. Players like Jordan Howard or Sony Michel offer a better floor than Taylor this week.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Buccaneers allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs last year which might stand out as you're setting your lineup this week. Kamara was a first-round pick and you're never going to bench him, but he actually has a better chance at success in Week 1 than you might think. Kamara has had 81 receptions in each of his three professional seasons and should be heavily involved in the passing game in Week 1. He's also one of the best red-zone running backs in the NFL. Kamara is a superstar and is matchup-proof - while I wouldn't target him in DFS, there's never a scenario where I would recommend benching him in a redraft league.The Jaguars allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs last season as they gave up the second-worst yards per carry and the 2nd-most touchdowns to the position. Jacksonville has since lost Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakouwe, and A.J. Bouye, and it's not hard to envision them being the worst defensive unit in football this year. The Colts' backfield will be a true committee approach, at least for now, but in a matchup like this, Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack are both usable as RB2/flex plays with tons of upside.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Kamara and the Saints are reportedly very close to a contract extension, which leads me to believe that Kamara will be out on the field in this matchup against the Bucs. While the Bucs are a solid defensive unit, Kamara's simply too involved in the Saints game plan to contain. Kamara should see plenty of work through the air in a matchup that could easily smash the Vegas over, which means Kamara's also a solid bet to score in this one. Kamara absolutely belongs in your starting lineup every week. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Bucs were 2nd against fantasy running backs last year, but even in a down year for Kamara, he had 137 yards rushing and 89 yards receiving in 2 games against them. Kamara is a pretty safe RB1 at home in Week 1.The Jaguars were 31st against fantasy running backs last year, Taylor has a great chance to start off his career with a big game.