Both Alvin Kamara and Bijan Robinson are two running backs who fantasy football managers thought would lead them to championships this year. For various reasons, both of these guys have been somewhat of a disappointment this year.
Despite that, they are both capable of having a big game. Which one of these two should be in your fantasy lineup in Week 12? We’ll give you the fantasy outlook for each player.
Should You Start Alvin Kamara or Bijan Robinson This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say that Kamara is the player to start. His projected 20.1 points include 70 rushing yards, six receptions, and 51 receiving yards. His projected stat line outperforms the consensus projection of Robinson’s 11.9 points.
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I am going to go with the Optimizer on this one, as Kamara has a higher ceiling. Kamara is one of the few running backs who is capable of having a big fantasy game even when he doesn’t get in the end zone.
Fantasy Outlook for Kamara This Week
When you look at Kamara’s value in fantasy, what separates him from the other running backs is his ability to catch the ball. He can have only 30 or 40 rushing yards in a game but still have a monster fantasy week because of a double-digit catch day.
There are a lot of numbers that make him look like he should never be in your fantasy lineup. He averages only 3.7 yards per carry and hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in a game this year. He has also rushed for only two touchdowns this season.
Rushing yards are a small of the running back position in fantasy, especially for Kamara. He isn’t quite the player Christian McCaffrey is, but he is probably the second-best pass-catching RB. In his first game back this season, Kamara had 13 catches and has 50 in six contests this year.
In terms of rankings, Kamara is PFN’s No. 4 running back this week. Based on that alone, he should be in starting lineups.
Fantasy Outlook for Robinson This Week
Robinson, who is the No. 12 ranked running back in PFN’s Consensus Rankings, has had a very productive rookie season. He has rushed for 612 yards this year, which is the most among rookies in the NFL.
In the game before the Atlanta Falcons’ bye week, Robinson rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown, his second TD run in his last three games. The touchdowns are a welcome sign for fantasy managers, as he hadn’t scored until that game.
If he is going to be able to start getting touchdowns, then that makes him way more promising in fantasy.
A revolving door at the quarterback spot between Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke probably isn’t helping. This is a huge game in terms of standings as well, as a Saints win would put them in great shape to win the division. However, a Falcons win would create a lot of chaos in the NFC South.
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