Alvin Kamara Put In One of the Greatest Running Back Performances of All Time

Published on December 26th, 2020 1:49 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



One of the great single-game performances in the game of American football occurred this holiday season. On Christmas Day, 2020, Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints put together one of the greatest single-game performances by a running back of all time.

In total, Kamara rushed for 6 touchdowns and 155 yards. On top of that, Kamara added an additional 3 receptions for 17 yards.

Here is how Kamara's performance broke down on a fantasy basis:

Standard Scoring: 52 points
0.5 PPR Scoring: 54.7 points
1.0 PPR Scoring: 56.2 points

So - what this the greatest fantasy football performance by a running back of all time?

The answer: close, but not quite.

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When it comes to standard scoring, the greatest single-game performance by a running back still belongs to Clinton Portis.

On December 7th, 2003, the Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 45-27.

Here was Portis' stat line from the game:

5 rushing TDs
218 rushing yards
2 catches for 36 yards

While Kamara had one more touchdown, Portis had an extra 70+ yards of offence, which gave him a total of 55.4 fantasy points in the standard format.

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When it comes to both 0.5 PPR and 1.0 PPR, the records still belong to Jamaal Charles.

On December 5th, 2013, Jamaal Charles put on a performance that is now referred to as the "Jamaalocaust".

In a game against the Oakland Raiders, Charles found the endzone five times, four through the air and once on the ground.

Charles would rush for 8 times for 20 yards, but his true damage was done through the air.

Charles caught 8 passes for 195 yards and four receiving touchdowns. This stat line gave him a total of 55.5 points in the 0.5 PPR scoring format, and an eye-popping 59.5 points in the 1.0 PPR scoring format.

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As you can see, Alvin Kamara came very close to re-writing the record books when it comes to fantasy performances by a running back, though he ended up falling just short.

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