Alvin Kamara out after second positive COVID-19 test
Alvin Kamara already tested positive for COVID-19 once this week, and now a second positive test will keep him out for Sunday’s game, at least. Kamara will likely miss the Saints wildcard game next Sunday since players must be tested negative for ten consecutive days to suit up again. New Orleans has already clinched a playoff spot and wrapped up the division but still have a chance at the NFC’s top seed. To clinch the number one seed, the Saints must beat the Panthers on Sunday and have the Packers lose to the Bears while Seattle gets by the 49ers. The loss of Kamara is a huge hit to their offense.
Kamara leads the Saints in just about every offensive category a non-quarterback can. The former Tennessee Volunteer is tops with 83 catchers, 756 receiving yards, 932 yards, and 21 touchdowns. Now that’s production!
With Kamara sidelined, the Saints will look to Latavius Murray to fill the void. Murray has filled in well anytime the lead back wasn’t able to play but has also played well when Kamara is in the lineup. Murray rushed for 129 yards just a month ago against Denver with Kamara by his side. On the season, Latavius has put up over 800 yards from scrimmage and has shown his ability to be productive in the passing game and by scoring touchdowns. He’s worth grabbing from FanDuel’s DFS with a super cap-friendly $5500 cost and can be snatched for fantasy title games in 40% of leagues.
It is also worth getting to FanDuel’s Sportsbook early and checking out some of Murray’s props numbers that may still reflect as if Kamara were in the lineup.