John Johnson | Alvin Kamara
 Gary A. Vasquez | 2019 Sep 15
John Johnson | Alvin Kamara Gary A. Vasquez | 2019 Sep 15

Only two of Teddy Bridgewater's 17 completions in his first pinch-hitting duty for Drew Brees Sunday in L.A. went to Saints running backs — a 16-yard dump-off for Latavius Murray and a 15-yarder for Alvin Kamara. There were two more failed connections with Kamara, bringing Teddy's total targets for his backs up to four.

Of Bridgewater's 23 attempts last season, three were intended for backs, neither of them Kamara.

Does Bridgewater have an aversion to targeting Kamara? Of course not. Is this sample size big enough for us to make any firm proclamations? Heck no. Do we suspect that Kamara's value will go down now that he'll be on the receiving end of Bridgewater, not Brees? We sure do. And this isn't some hot take, of course, with Brees the NFL's all-time passing champion and Bridgewater a former first-round reclamation project who has yet to rediscover the form he showed more than three and a half years ago in Minnesota, prior to the career-altering knee injury.

Frankly, we're pulling for Bridgewater — not because we're Kamara or Michael Thomas owners — who has the opportunity of a lifetime to reclaim the career that was stolen from him by the football Gods.

We're also skeptical.

There's only one Brees, who has been building his rapport with Kamara and Michael Thomas for more than two and three years, respectively, now. Bridgewater doesn't get those practice reps, and though New Orleans' top two playmakers might have matchup-proof breathtaking skill sets, their chemistry wtih Brees plays as big a role in their success.

Add in the slate ahead for the now-Brees-less Saints — at Seattle Sunday, vs. Cowboys, vs. Bucs, at Jacksonville and at Chicago — and it might be time for not only Saints fans but fantasy owners who spent their first picks on Kamara and Thomas to start recalibrating expectations.

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys vs. Dolphins

2. Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Raiders

3. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Cardinals

4. Alvin Kamara, Saints at Seahawks

5. David Johnson, Cardinals at Panthers

6. Nick Chubb, Browns vs. Rams

7. Le'Veon Bell, Jets at Patriots

8. Mark Ingram, Ravens at Chiefs

9. Todd Gurley, Rams at Browns

10. Austin Ekeler, Chargers vs. Texans

11. Aaron Jones, Packers vs. Broncos

12. Matt Breida, 49ers vs. Steelers

13. James Conner*, Steelers at 49ers

14. Marlon Mack*, Colts vs. Falcons

15. Joe Mixon, Bengals at Bills

16. Chris Carson, Seahawks vs. Saints

17. Derrick Henry, Titans at Jaguars

18. Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Jets

19. Kerryon Johnson, Lions at Eagles

20. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars vs. Titans

21. David Montgomery, Bears at Washington

22. Frank Gore, Bills vs. Bengals

23. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs at Ravens

24. Carlos Hyde, Texans at Chargers

25. Rex Burkhead, Patriots vs. Jets

26. Devonta Freeman, Falcons at Colts

27. Josh Jacobs, Raiders at Vikings

28. Miles Sanders, Eagles vs. Lions

29. Royce Freeman, Broncos at Packers

30. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos at Packers

31. Peyton Barber, Bucs vs. Giants

32. Tarik Cohen, Bears at Washington

33. Chris Thompson, Washington vs. Bears

34. Tony Pollard, Cowboys vs. Dolphins

35. Adrian Peterson, Washington vs. Bears

36. Raheem Mostert, 49ers vs. Steelers

37. Ito Smith, Falcons at Colts

38. Gio Bernard, Bengals at Bills

39. Duke Johnson, Texans at Chargers

40. Darwin Thompson, Chiefs vs. Ravens

41. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins at Cowboys

42. Jordan Howard, Eagles vs. Lions

43. Malcolm Brown, Rams at Browns

44. Nyheim Hines, Colts vs. Falcons

45. Jordan Wilkins, Colts vs. Falcons

46. Dion Lewis, Titans at Jaguars

47. Justin Jackson, Chargers vs. Texans

48. T.J. Yeldon, Bills vs. Bengals

49. Ronald Jones, Bucs vs. Giants

50. Darren Sproles, Eagles vs. Lions

51. Latavius Murray, Saints at Seahawks

52. Jamaal Williams, Packers vs. Broncos

53. Alexander Mattison, Vikings vs. Raiders

54. Justice Hill, Ravens at Chiefs

55. Jalen Richard, Raiders at Vikings

56. Ty Smith, Lions at Eagles

57. Jeff Wilson, 49ers vs. Steelers

58. Ty Montgomery, Jets at Patriots

59. Kalen Ballage, Dolphins at Cowboys

60. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals at Panthers

Not listed: Damien Williams, Tevin Coleman, Derrius Guice, Devin Singletary