Merry Christmas, Saints fans! Kamara Claus delivered us quite the Christmas gift yesterday, rushing for 6 touchdowns and clinching the New Orleans Saints their fourth straight division title. Alvin Kamara’s 6 rushing TDs were the most since 1929, when Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals ran for the same amount against the Bears. Kamara’s 53.5 PPR points were also the most scored all year under standard fantasy scoring. Kamara likely ended many fantasy championship games before Sunday, but if you were fortunate enough to avoid facing him in your title game, then you may have dodged one of the biggest fantasy bullets of all time.
STUD: Alvin Kamara
Kamara had the game of his life on Christmas Day, rushing for more TDs in one game than players such as Zeke Elliot, Kareem Hunt, and Leonard Fournette have run for all year. This 53.5 point performance has vaulted Kamara ahead of Dalvin Cook in the overall fantasy points lead for non-QBs. Cook will now need to outscore Kamara by 17 points in Week 17 or else the RB1 crown will belong to the Saints running back.
dud: Drew Brees
This was more a consequence of circumstance than anything else. The run game’s potency against the Minnesota Vikings resulted in Brees attempting his fewest amount of passes since Week 4. Two interceptions did not help Brees’s fantasy day either, but he still completed 73% and threw for his most yards since Week 5. Brees played a good game outside of the two INTs, but his lowest fantasy point total of the year other than the game in which he got injured lands him on the dud list this week.
STUD: Irv Smith Jr.
If you happened to stream Smith Jr. this week in your championship game then you were in luck. The second-year tight end caught 6 passes for 53 yards and 2 TDs, as the Saints early season troubles covering TEs resurfaced on Friday. Smith Jr. had an up and down season in 2020, with multiple games with 2 TDs as well as multiple games of 0 receptions. The Alabama product is still very talented however, and could blossom into one of the better fantasy tight ends going into 2021.
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