News: 13 hours agoKamara rushed 11 times for 51 yards and brought in 13 of 14 targets for 33 yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Spin: Suiting up for the first time this season following the completion of his three-game suspension, Kamara was put right to work as both runner and receiver. The versatile star had no threat to his lead-back role, with Taysom Hill the next closest player to him in rushing work with a modest four carries. Meanwhile, Kamara appeared to be a primary beneficiary of Derek Carr's physical limitations due to an AC joint sprain, easily leading the team in receptions and targets. The massive workload right out of the gate was certainly encouraging from a fantasy perspective, and Kamara's playmaking ability once again should be given plenty of chances to surface in a Week 5 road matchup against the Patriots.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Kamara enters 2023 facing a three-game suspension and following a down season in which he ranked a career-worst 14th in fantasy points per game (his first finish worse than eighth). Kamara actually scored 20% of his fantasy points in one game (Week 8) and was limited to five weekly finishes better than 18th (four of which came consecutively). On the plus side, Kamara has finished top five among RBs in targets and top 12 in yards in all six NFL seasons despite often missing games (at least one in each of the past five seasons). Kamara's massive passing-game usage is enough to keep him in the top-10 mix when active, but the suspension, his age (28) and the arrival of goal line threat Jamaal Williams mean he's best valued as a mid-to-back-end RB2.