Fantasy Football 2024: Let’s stop making Alvin Kamara disappear

Alvin Kamara is being pushed down the fantasy draft boards despite having another productive season. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

One of the essential truths of fantasy – applicable to all sports – is that we eventually grow bored of players who are reliable, predictable and relentless. We can’t wait to move on to following big thing, even if the previous big thing remains dominant.

Invariably, the most profitable picks in any draft are bankable veteran stars who are still performing at or near their peak.

With this in mind, I would like to bring to your attention an ADP situation that looks like pure theft.

Alvin Kamara finished as the overall RB5 per game last year and he’s been one of the most stable fantasy producers of the current era, but early drafters have him as the RB17 in semi-PPR formats . He’s also absolutely buried in our 2024 rankings. High stakes players have banished him to the dead zone. It’s wild.

Just in case you missed it, Kamara actually finished second among all running backs in receptions (75) and targets (86) last season, despite missing four games (three of which were due to suspension). . He averaged 89.2 yards from scrimmage per game, took six visits to the house and hit a career-high 87.2 percent of his targets.

At 28, Kamara was definitely still capable of producing weekly highlights:

Whatever your opinion of Derek Carr at this point (probably not favorable), at least the man recognized the completion percentage cheat code that was suddenly available to him.

New Orleans made no significant improvements in terms of depth in the running back room this offseason, so we can take comfort in Kamara’s role in 2024. With apologies to Kendre Miller and his fanatics, the second-year guard didn’t make Kamara (or the delicious Jamaal Williams) consumable for now. The hierarchy in the Saints backfield remains unchanged.

Klint Kubiak took over at OC for New Orleans after spending last year as passing game coordinator for the Niners under Kyle Shanahan. Kamara was rave about his team’s new system, which shouldn’t really surprise anyone because the atmosphere is generally good between the Kubiaks and the running backs. Klint last served as offensive coordinator with the Vikings in 2021, a season in which Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison combined for 2,102 yards from scrimmage, 10 touchdowns and 66 receptions.

Age aside, it’s honestly hard to find a reason to actively disappear Kamara. And yet, clearly many of you do it. He showed no glaring signs of decline last year – again, he was among the top five scorers in terms of per-game production – and he poses no unusual injury risk for the upcoming season. In fact, his medical record is as clean as a running back’s at any of them age or mileage.

Kamara is currently involved in some slight contract-related posturing, but so far it’s been one of the most cordial looks in recent memory. We are not facing a situation similar to that of Le’Veon Bell. Kamara hasn’t given us any reason to panic about his availability.

If editors still get such a deep discount on #41 in August, it will be the result of a catastrophic failure on the part of the fantasy community. He should be a target, not a fade. Kamara may be a household name, but one should never get bored of his level of productivity.