Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Sun 1/17/21 11:21 PM

Kamara rushed 18 times for 85 yards and caught three of six targets for 20 yards in Sunday's NFC divisional round loss to the Buccaneers.
EDGE Analysis
Kamara reached the century mark in combined yards in consecutive playoff performances, but he was unable to hit pay dirt this time around as the Saints ultimately fell to their division rivals. The dual-threat back finished the regular season with a combined 1,688 yards and a whopping 21 total touchdowns, both of which were new career highs. There is no questioning Kamara's talent and status as one of the game's best fantasy performers, but quarterback Drew Brees' retirement decision this upcoming offseason may affect the superstar back. Even with Brees' steep drop-off in arm strength and overall effectiveness in his age-42 season, he still boosted Kamara's value as a receiving threat on short and intermediate routes out of the backfield. In the four games that Brees missed this season, Kamara averaged just 2.5 receptions, 12.8 receiving yards and no touchdowns with backup and potential replacement Taysom Hill. The Saints could go in another direction whenever the first-ballot Hall of Famer decides to hang 'em up for good, but the play style of that quarterback could alter Kamara's usage.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Sun 1/10/21 8:36 PM

Kamara rushed 23 times for 99 yards and a touchdown and secured both of his targets for 17 yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
The All-Pro back failed to get much going on the ground, with a quarter of his production coming on a 25-yard gain. Still, he chipped away at the Bears defense all afternoon with a robust 23 carries and finished the contest with over 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Kamara will face a tough test in next week's NFC divisional round when New Orleans hosts a Tampa Bay defense that allowed a league-low 60 rushing yards per contest in the regular season.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Sat 1/9/21 4:31 PM

Kamara (illness) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
EDGE Analysis
Kamara seemed to indicate via his official Twitter account earlier in the week that this would be a possibility, so the official designation isn't entirely surprising. The star back will miss just one game after testing positive for COVID-19 and thus is set to play in the team's wild-card matchup against the Bears.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Thu 1/7/21 11:07 PM

Kamara (illness) posted a message on his official Twitter account Thursday that appears to indicate he's on track for Sunday's wild-card round against the Bears.
EDGE Analysis
Kamara missed the Saints' season-finale against the Panthers after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a result of testing positive for the virus, and though he currently remains on the reserve list, it appears that the star running back expects to be available versus Chicago. Sunday morning appears to represent the earliest possible date that Kamara could return to the team, given that he would not have been eligible to play had the Saints' wild-card game been scheduled for Saturday, so a final word on his status will likely still come down to the wire. Latavius Murray would stand to handle the bulk of New Orleans' backfield reps if Kamara were unable to gain full clearance.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Fri 1/1/21 6:28 PM

Kamara's eligibility for the wild-card round of the playoffs could depend on whether the Saints are scheduled to play Saturday (Jan. 9) or Sunday (Jan. 10), Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
With two of his tests for COVID-19 coming back positive, Kamara can't play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers. He won't be eligible to play in another game until 10 days after Dec. 31 -- when he initially tested positive -- and that's only if he remains asymptomatic and receives medical clearance. There's some chance the Saints won't even play in the first round of the playoffs, but it requires three games going in their favor to create a three-way tie at 12-4 atop the NFC.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Fri 1/1/21 4:59 PM

Kamara was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
With multiple COVID-19 tests coming back positive, Kamara may not be eligible to play in the wild-card round of the playoffs. There's still some chance for the Saints to secure the NFC's No. 1 seed and thus earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so they'll likely give Latavius Murray a sizable workload this weekend. Murray put up back-to-back games with triple-digit yardage and multiple touchdowns when Kamara missed Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2019 season.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Fri 1/1/21 4:31 PM

Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and is waiting on results from a follow-up test before a decision on his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers is made, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
If the second test also comes back positive, Kamara will sit out Week 17, and he'll also be unlikely to return for the wild-card round of the playoffs. Latavius Murray would fill in as the Saints' lead back if Kamara misses any games. Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football relays that the star running back hasn't shown any symptoms of the virus and says he's feeling healthy, perhaps giving the Saints some hope the initial test was a false positive.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Fri 12/25/20 7:48 PM

Kamara rushed 22 times for 155 yards and six touchdowns while also bringing in three of five targets for 17 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
EDGE Analysis
As the eye-popping stat line indicates, Kamara put together a record-setting performance for a national audience that will go into NFL annals as one of the most prolific in league history. In fact, only one other player -- the legendary Ernie Nevers back in 1929 -- had ever scored six rushing touchdowns in a game before Kamara accomplished the feat Friday. The fourth-year pro also set a new single-game career high in rushing yardage for good measure while scoring from 40, one, five, six, seven and three yards out, with at least one touchdown in each quarter. Kamara will now look to follow up the spectacular effort by gaining the 68 rushing yards he needs to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time when he faces the Panthers in a Week 17 road matchup.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Sun 12/20/20 11:00 PM

Kamara carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards and caught three of six targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-29 loss to Kansas City.
EDGE Analysis
With Drew Brees back under center instead of Taysom Hill, the Saints' offensive scheme returned to normal, and Kamara hauled in his first receiving TD since Week 10 -- Brees' last appearance before injuring his ribs. No matter who's been at QB, Kamara has been productive, topping 90 combined yards in three straight games, and he's now reached 1,500 scrimmage yards on the season for the third time in his career. Kamara will look to keep rolling in Week 16's clash with a Vikings defense that just surrendered 162 yards and two touchdowns to David Montgomery.

Alvin Kamara
RB NO (6)
Fri 12/18/20 6:28 PM

Kamara is expected to be busy in the passing game Sunday versus Kansas City, playing in a Saints offense with Drew Brees (ribs) at quarterback and Michael Thomas (ankle) out of the lineup, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
EDGE Analysis
Kamara had a rushing touchdown and seven receptions in last week's loss to the Eagles, but he otherwise put up mediocre numbers with Taysom Hill at quarterback over the past month. Kamara averaged 14.2 PPR points in Hill's four starts, down from 27.4 per game in nine appearances with Brees under center. Kamara was even better during a six-game stretch when the Saints had Brees but not Thomas in the lineup, averaging 28.7 PPR points and 9.7 targets. The dual-threat back returns to high-end RB1 status now that Brees is back, facing a Chiefs defense that's given up the eighth-most rushing yards (102.7 per game) and eighth-most receiving yards (67.6) to running backs.