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How to handle Alvin Kamara’s injury in Week 7 fantasy football

The Saints’ star RB is out this week. We’re here to help you plan accordingly.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and head coach Sean Payton confer during a timeout in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints will be without running back Alvin Kamara for this week’s road trip to Chicago. That means Latavius Murray will be thrust into the lead back role and is someone who deserves your attention for fantasy in Week 7.

Kamara is dealing with an ankle injury. The specifics have not been reported, but there is some talk of a high-ankle situation, which means this could be an issue we have to deal with again next week. He actually hurt himself in practice ahead of last week’s game against the Jaguars. It was clear that Kamara wasn’t 100 percent in that outing and Murray’s workload increased ever so slightly as a result.

Fantasy football analysis, New Orleans Saints RBs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray

Kamara’s out, so that decision has been made for you. Murray has been pretty solid in a backup and change of pace role for the Saints. That said, the Bears’ defense will not make things easy. The good news for Murray and the Saints is that Chicago will not have defensive lineman Akeem Hicks this week for the first time this season. At $5,100 in DK leagues this week, Murray is definitely worth consideration.