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Alvin Kamara No.1 Overall in 2019 Fantasy Drafts? Not Crazy if…

In hist first two professional seasons, Alvin Kamara has already finished as the RB3 and RB4 in Fantasy Football. Slippery, explosive, and surprisingly powerful, Kamara is the ultimate do-it-all weapon that landed with the perfect mind to unleash him in Sean Payton. He was undoubtedly and deservedly going to be drafted towards the top of your 2019 fantasy drafts, regardless of the offseason.

However, one potential move could vault Kamara’s already sky-high value into a different stratosphere. In fact, I recently labeled this the No.1 Offseason Story that Fantasy Football owners MUST track.

Mark Ingram’s FA Status

Saints RB Mark Ingram is set to hit Free Agency this offseason, and has reportedly always been a longshot to return. Indeed, his own fantasy value could rise or fall dramatically based on where he lands, with RB1 upside in the right home (Chiefs or Bucs?!)

But that’s not the most intriguing or important aspect of Ingram’s potential departure.

Simply put, Alvin Kamara was otherworldly in his four games without Ingram. Just let the pictures do the talking:

Yes, Kamara’s Ingram-less pace was: 360 touches (140 rec.), 2396 tot. yds (1344 = rec), 24 TDs (20 Rush).

This equals 524 total PPR FPs… nearly 33 FPPG! 

That’s not only insane… it’s legitimately record setting. Kamara’s pace would’ve been the greatest single fantasy season of ALL TIME! To help put this in perspective:

 

Yes, I’m well aware that Sean Payton typically deploys a committee. Even if Ingram leaves, Payton seems highly unlikely to just hand Kamara that 22.5 touches per game pace for a full season.

Still, in a generally weak free agent and draft class, an Ingram “replacement” is unlikely to be on the same level. We also just saw Christian McCaffrey redefine “Workhorse Back” this season after logging 97% of snaps in Weeks 1-16.

Kamara’s increased GL rushing usage was especially noteworthy, as the explosive back was on pace for 20 Rushing TDs. If Kamara avoids a “Hammer” style addition, he could be in prime position to cross the 20 total TD threshold. Unlike his record-setting 140 reception pace, Kamara’s high-TD rate actually feels mildly sustainable in an Ingram-less attack.

Regardless, Kamara belongs in your Top-6. Still, monitoring this backfield’s makeup is absolutely essential for fantasy owners, as a ridiculous Cheat Code — one capable of producing the greatest fantasy season ever seen — could emerge.

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