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How to handle Alvin Kamara injury in the 2021 NFL Playoffs

The Saints activated Alvin Kamara off the COVID-19 injured reserve list for the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Game status: Alvin Kamara is ACTIVE for the Wild Card round.

The New Orleans Saints welcome back a key cog on offense when they host the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. The team activated Alvin Kamara off the COVID-19 injured reserve list on Saturday, making him eligible for Sunday’s game. He has spent the past ten days in quarantine, unable to practice with the team since testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the team’s Week 17 game against Carolina.

Fantasy impact: Alvin Kamara (COVID-19)

This not an entirely clear-cut situation. Kamara has not been on the practice field in ten days, and has been attending team meetings virtually. His quick return would suggest he did not experience any significant symptoms, but how will the workload look?

The biggest concern for fantasy usage is how much work Latavius Murray will take away from Kamara. He already gets a decent-sized complementary workload, but with Kamara coming off a ten day layoff of sorts, maybe that increases? Kamara is the most expensive player in Bears-Saints Showdown. His upside is as much as anybody in the contest, but his floor is a little lower given the potential loss of work. If you’re going to use Kamara, you might be better suited slotting him in as a flex option rather than your Captain.