Alvin Kamara's usage shows he's still elite dual-threat back

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

The do-it-all back for the New Orleans Saints has been getting crazy work this season in limited action, showing how lucky the Saints are to have him.

It's no secret that coming into this season, New Orleans Saints' running back Alvin Kamara's name was around the public eye a little more than usual, for reasons not related to the football field. He was (rightfully) suspended, and now that he serves his time, as far as the NFL is concerned at least, we can get back to talking about what he's been doing on the field for the Saints, because it is nothing short of remarkable.

After serving his three-game suspension, the Saints wasted little time in getting their all-around running back acclimated. He's nicely carried the ball 69 times to this point, with games of 11m, 22, 19, and 17 carries for a total of 261 yards and a touchdown. While they aren't eye-popping, the Saints offensive line (and offense as a whole) hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders. When you take that into consideration, plus the suspension, and it's pretty impressive.

That's just the tip of the iceberg for Kamara's season with the Saints so far though.

In the four games Kamara has played in 2023, he's also caught 35 balls. In his first game back he caught 13 of 14 targets for 33 yards. In the games that followed, he caught three, seven and 12 balls brining his receiving total to 177 yards. For a running back, that's pretty crazy.

It's even crazier when you consider this is Kamara's seventh year in the NFL, well past the point where the wheels start to fall off of these running backs, especially ones that are threats as runners as well as pass-catchers.

While he's only found the end zone once so far, the all-time touchdown leader in the history of the New Orleans Saints will surely find pay-dirt more as the season progresses. We don't have to remind everyone in today's fantasy obsessed culture we find ourselves in how elite Kamara's usage is, but for those keeping score at home, he's already RB20 in half-point PPR scoring in his limited action. Certified lunacy.

In summary, Alvin Kamara is still arguably the best all-around back in all of football, and that is true in both the reality of professional football, and the world of fantasy football.