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Saints RB Alvin Kamara injury: What status means for Week 18 vs. Falcons

Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle injury for Week 18. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Zyon McCollum #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Raymond James Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

Inactive update: Kamara is officially inactive. Jamaal Williams should take over as the lead back. Taysom Hill could also see more work, especially around the end zone.

Update — Kamara isn’t expected to play in Week 18 vs. the Falcons in a key game for New Orleans. With Kamara out, the Saints should employ plenty of Jamaal Williams in the backfield. He makes for an interesting value option on DraftKings for NFL DFS.

The New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 18 needing a win and some help to make the playoffs. If they beat the Falcons, New Orleans will clinch the NFC South if the Bucs lose or tie the Panthers, or will clinch a wild card berth if the Seahawks lose or tie against the Cardinals and the Packers lose or tie against the Bears.

The Saints might need to make this happen without running back Alvin Kamara. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but the team needs to see him work out before the game. Ian Rapoport reported that Kamara “will be given up until game-time to show he can go, sources said. He did very little this week. But they’ll hold out hope.” Kamara was listed as a DNP in practice all three days this week and that does not sound like an overly positive report.

Alvin Kamara injury

Fantasy football analysis

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. so in traditional fantasy leagues, you get a quick decision. If Kamara is inactive, Jamaal Williams will get the start in his place. Last week, Williams took over after Kamara sprained his ankle in the second quarter. Kamara did not return to the game and Williams rushed 19 times for 58 yards and caught four passes for 13 yards. The Falcons are third-best against opposing fantasy running backs. With Williams struggling at three yards per carry, he’s got some flex value in most leagues with a ceiling of low end RB2.

NFL DFS analysis

Williams comes in at $5,300 in DFS and if you think he’ll get some passes his way, he’s got intriguing DFS value in classic contests.