There’s only two running backs, Todd Gurley and Christian McCaffrey, with more touchdowns than Alvin Kamara since 2017. The Saints rusher has found the end zone 38 times (27 rushing, 10 receiving) in his first three years in the NFL. In 2019, Kamara scored just six total touchdowns, which was a career low but he did finish with over 80 receptions for the third consecutive season, a stat only Marshall Faulk and Christian McCaffrey have been able to accomplish throughout NFL history.As for 2020, Kamara is entering the season healthy after playing in 2019 at-what he says-was 75% with a leg injury. So where should fantasy football players draft the Saints playmaker? Sports Illustrated’s Corey Parson and SaintsNewsNetwork's Kyle Mosley discussed what to expect from Kamara this season.Read the full transcript from their discussion.
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Read the full transcript below:
Kaitlin O'Toole: Sports Illustrated is taking you inside the world of fantasy sports. Joining me now from SaintsNewsNetwork is Kyle Mosley and SI's fantasy and gambling analyst, Corey Parson. Kyle, considering how dominating Alvin Kamara was his first two seasons, would it be fair to say that he had a down season last season?
Kyle Mosley: Yeah, he had a down season and a bum wheel, he said. He was running on the leg, he was seventy five percent. That lower leg injury really nagged him throughout the season. But if you look at his stats, he still is able to pick up eighty one receptions and he still had over thirteen hundred yards from scrimmage. So, if you look at where Alvin Kamara is able to do, I just interviewed Dr. Reef, his trainer, this past weekend and he expects Alvin to be able to have one of the monster years that I'm projecting for him to have as well.
Kaitlin O'Toole: All right, Corey. So we just heard Kyle say a monster year. What do you think? Is he somebody that fantasy player should have on their team this season?
Corey Parson: Well, this is going very high in fantasy drafts, obviously, because of the fact that he is a running back that can catch those 81 passes. Listen numbers did take a slight dip and I think a lot of it was due to that injury. But really, the problem with Alvin Kamara last season was that he only scored six touchdowns and touchdowns are the lifeblood of fantasy football. It just so happens, Latavius Murray also scored six touchdowns. So, yes, he definitely is a top back in fantasy football, but I worry about the touchdowns, especially of Lat Murray is getting those touchdowns. But one thing that we do know about touchdowns, they can regress back to the means. So if he gets those touchdowns back into that 14 range, like he's had two seasons in the past, he could be in that being a top back in fantasy this year.
Kaitlin O'Toole: All right, guys. Thank you so much for your insight on this, we'll hope you can stay healthy for all the latest fantasy and gambling analysis, stay with si.com