Saints: Alvin Kamara should be a running back to avoid in fantasy leagues

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 05: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints warms up during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 05: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints warms up during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Dalvin Cook is holding out, and Saints’ superstar running back Alvin Kamara is in a prime position to do so himself, one reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.

Alvin Kamara is a terrific running back.

While he may not have been the NFC’s first choice to represent them in the Pro Bowl last season, he still put together a strong season and made it to his third straight Pro Bowl, having made the game each of his first three seasons in the league.

Having totaled over 1,500 yards in both of his first two seasons, Kamara stumbled last year.

While much of that can be put on his lingering injuries, Kamara failed to notch over 1,350 all-purpose yards. Across the board, his numbers were down, and during the entire season, the third-year pro found the endzone just six times.

With limited receptions as well, Kamara’s fantasy value should already be lower than it was after his second season. However, the potential for him to hold out should drop it even further.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter yesterday, Dalvin Cook, the Vikings star running back and one of the best fantasy options in football, is planning to hold out if he doesn’t get a desirable extension.

Kamara could do the same. At the very least, he’s in a position to.

Drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kamara exploded onto the scene, showing his elusiveness right out of the gate. That type of dominance made him one of the most valuable backs in football. But, in a declining market, he may not be worth what his market value is.

If he wants an extension like Cook does, it could be a long road for those that have selected him to be their fantasy stud. Typically a first-round pick, Kamara’s extremely lethal in PPR leagues as he secures a high amount of receptions.

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Kamara is that good, and as long as he gets the snaps and doesn’t hold out, he’ll return on that investment. There’s a good chance he doesn’t though, and it could be costly.

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