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|Latavius Murray had a very fine season in 2019, putting up 637 yards on the ground and 235 yards through the air, to go with six total touchdowns. He was only slightly less effective than Kamara, enabling the Saints to remain effective on offense yet not overwork Kamara.
In Weeks 7 & 8 Murray got the start, and produced like a stud (245 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns). The fact that he showed he can produce as the starter in this system makes Murray an intriguing back to draft in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. He is within an explosive offense and the back in front of him has dealt with injuries off and on during his career. On top of that, Murray showed himself to be very good around the goal line. In both 2018 & 2019, he received 3 carries inside the 5-yard-line; in both seasons he scored on two of those attempts.
Murray is not just a handcuff to Kamara, either. Because he will consistently get 8-12 touches even with Kamara on the field, he is a back who can be plugged into your fantasy lineup weekly as a flex option. And if Kamara were to get injured, Murray's upside is huge.
| Latavius Murray, Taysom Hill likely to sit|
Both practiced on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jan 17, 7:00 am
|The #Saints are not likely to have QB Taysom Hill (knee) or RB Latavius Murray (quadricep) vs the #Bucs, per me and
@SlaterNFL. Both practiced only on Friday and were listed as questionable. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: All aboard the Alvin Kamara train. Murray and Hill are both goaline TD vultures for Kamara so having them out should pave the road for Kamara around the goaline. Kamara is easily the best running back play of the Sunday slate.
| Alvin Kamara lands on COVID-19 list|
Could play in Wildcard game is Saints play on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 1, 4:50 pm
|Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara tested positive again and will be placed on Reserve/COVID, per source. He’s out Sunday and now the question will be whether he reruns for the first playoff game. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kamara will miss the regular season finale and could miss the Saints Wildcard game unless the Saints play on Sunday. New Orleans would have to get a break from the schedule maker and Kamara would need to remain symptom free in order for that to happen. Latavius Murray becomes a very viable DFS play against the Panthers this week.