1Can improved passing attack boost Kamara?
One-dimensional offenses rarely thrive, and in fantasy, RB-heavy offenses frequently lead to inefficiency. Last year’s Saints completed the fewest passes for the fewest yards in the NFL. On rushing attempts in 2020, Alvin Kamara averaged 2.8 yards before contact and 2.2 yards after contact. In 2021, those marks dropped to 2.3 and 1.5, respectively. Defenses focused on stopping Kamara and daring the Saints’ carousel of QBs to connect with receivers who wouldn’t be starters on most other teams. Thanks to a much-improved passing attack in 2022, Kamara’s floor probably can’t be much lower in 2022, though there are a couple of warning signs.
2Were his 2021 plummeting targets a blip or a sign of things to come?
Will the Saints feature Kamara through the air? He began his career with an astonishing four consecutive campaigns with 81+ catches (5.4 per contest). Last year’s relatively subdued 47 receptions netted him only 3.6 per game. That’s a monumental difference. To return to elite levels, he needs to get much closer to 81 catches.
3Coming off the heaviest workload of his career
Last season marked Kamara’s largest workload (287 touches) of his seven-year college/pro career. Just as notably, his 18 1/2 rushing attempts per game crushed his previous career high of 12.9 (2018). WIll there be any ill effects to this sudden increase in contact-heavy usage?