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RB Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints

5-9, 215Born: 12-21-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 28

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Ingram was still running well against the Lions, averaging over five yards per carry, but he only had seven carries. His five catches bailed out his PPR score, but the Saints offense is getting sluggish heading into a tough playoff schedule against the Bucs twice sandwiched around a game at Arizona.

General News (Fri Dec 9): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Wed Dec 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is the first meeting between these NFC South rivals during 2016 - Tampa is currently tied with Atlanta for the lead in the NFC South with a 7-5 record, while New Orleans is third in the division at 5-7. This game has playoff implications for both squads. The Saints posted just 12/50/1 rushing vs. Detroit last week, going down to a surprising 13-28 loss at home. Mark Ingram led the team in rushing with 7/37/0 (and saw five targets for 5/16/0 receiving) while Tim Hightower flopped for his fantasy owners (2/5/0 rushing with one target for 1/4/0 receiving). Fullback John Kuhn (2/4/1 rushing with one target for 1/11/0 receiving) plunged in the lone rushing TD last weekend. Over the past three weeks, Ingram has handled 28/211/1 rushing and 11 targets for 9/84/1 receiving; Hightower has seen 29/125/0 rushing and 12 for 11/115/1 receiving; and Kuhn has handled 5/11/1 rushing with four for 4/23/0 receiving. This is a multi-headed monster as of Week 14, folks. The Buccaneers average 116.1 rushing yards allowed per game (25th in the NFL) with 10 rushing scores handed over. However, from Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Tampa averages 13.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (third-least in the NFL). Two weeks ago Tampa held Seattle to 22/127/0 rushing as a team - last week, San Diego had 25/119/1 rushing. This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Saints.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs DEN 22 11 50 0 2 2 13 0 0 6.3
11 at CAR 25 7 28 0 4 3 47 0 0 7.5
12 vs LA 42 14 146 1 2 1 21 1 0 28.7
13 vs DET 20 7 37 0 5 5 16 0 0 5.3
14 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 3 * * * *
14 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 3 * * * *
14 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs DET (7 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 16 / 0 rec)

Ingram opened the game with a swing pass in the right flat, picking up three yards underneath the defense. He caught a nearly identical pass to the opposite side of the formation on the following down for six yards to set up a third-and-short. Ingram made a jump-cut on the following series to hit a hole off RT for seven yards. He took an inside handoff for two yards on the following play, but appeared a bit banged up afterwards, gimping off the field. Ingram re-entered the game midway through the second quarter, getting stuffed off LT. He took a well-blocked pitch off RT for 22 to the right sideline on the following down. Ingram caught a swing pass in the left flat three plays later, taking the short gain to the sideline for three yards. He came out of the backfield early in the fourth period, diving to corral a short pass over the middle for eight yards. A wire-to-wire deficit led New Orleans to abandon the run game, leaving Ingram with a low number of carries.

2016 Week 12 vs LA (14 / 146 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)

Ingram opened the game at RB after suffering a concussion last week, carrying off LG in impressive fashion. He bounced off multiple tacklers and fell forward for a hard-earned 18 yards. Ingram re-entered deep in LA territory on the following drive, taking an inside handoff off RG for five. He ripped off a 15-yard carry off RT on NO's third series, running through a huge gap before making a man miss and falling forward. He was given a short yardage carry later in the drive, but failed to pick up the one yard needed to convert on third down. Ingram atoned on the following down, however, taking a pitch off the left side before breaking a tackle and carrying into the endzone for a ten-yard TD. Ingram began the second half by finding a big hole off left guard, proceeding to run rampant through the secondary for 61 yards. He was rewarded three plays later with a walk-in screen from the right flat, following his blockers for an uncontested 21-yard TD. Ingram found significant space again two drives later, cutting off left guard for an easy nine yards. Early in the fourth quarter, he took an inside give off LT for a gain of 15 with relative ease. Ingram carried for a total of four yards on two carries midway through the fourth as the Saints were intending to run out the clock. He flashed big-play ability while clearly benefitting from perfectly blocked run lanes to stack up a handful of chunk plays that have mostly eluded him in 2016 thus far.

2016 Week 11 vs CAR (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Ingram began the game in the backfield for New Orleans, earning his first carry on the third play of the game with a draw up the middle for a yard. He followed it up with a carry off right guard for just one more. Ingram found open space off right tackle early in the second drive, cutting back to the sideline for 14 yards. A few touches went to Hightower, then Ingram re-entered with a three-yard gain off LT. Ingram caught a short checkdown off play-action to begin NO's third drive, earning an easy 10 yards underneath the defense. Ingram caught a screen pass in the left flat in New Orleans' two-minute offense before halftime, following his blockers for 22 yards. He took another screen in the same spot two plays later for 15 additional yards underneath the defense. Ingram started off the Saints' second half with a loss of two by running into a brickwall off RT. He found space two plays later off RG to the tune of 13 yards, but injured himself on the collision with S Kurt Coleman. He did not return and is now subject to the league's concussion protocol.

2016 Week 10 vs DEN (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Ingram started the game this week, getting his first touch up the middle on the second play from scrimmage for five yards and a new set of downs. He followed it up on the next down, putting his head down off right guard for four yards. Ingram re-entered the game on the second drive after Tim Hightower started it, carrying off right guard for six yards. He carried three straight times to begin New Orleans' fourth possession, going up the middle twice and taking a pitch off LT on third down three, four and three respectively for just enough to move the chains. Ingram was given a toss off right tackle late in the second quarter, but the Denver front seven was ready in the backfield to execute a TFL and force a punt. Ingram carried off LT early in the third quarter, finding a decent lane for a quick 10 yards. However, Ingram appeared to hobble off the field and took to the sideline following the play. He came back no worse for the wear later in the third quarter, taking a short swing pass to the right flat for seven yards. With the momentum clearly in hand, Ingram carried off left tackle for eight early in the fourth quarter. Ingram took two carries between the tackles on inside handoffs for a total of eight yards on NO's final drive, seemingly in an effort to bleed some clock should DEN have a final chance at the ball. He moved the sticks on the next play with a short dump-off for six underneath conservative coverage. It was a solid if unspectacular day for Ingram, who seemed to regain control of the NO backfield by out-touching Hightower 13-10 while playing in crunch time.

2016 Week 9 vs SF (15 / 158 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Ingram's first carry came late in the first quarter as Tim Hightower was clearly given precedence after running away with the lead job last week. He began with a gain of four up the middle to bring the ball down to the SF one-yard line. Ingram re-entered the game early in the second quarter, serving as a safety valve underneath the defense with a gain of eight. He followed it up with a carry off right guard for a hard-earned seven. Ingram went up the middle for three yards later in the drive before catching a screen pass in the right flat two plays later in which he followed his blockers and performed a nifty spin move to score a five-yard TD. Ingram took advantage of a well-blocked lane off right guard before finding wide open space up the right sideline to score a relatively easy 75-yard TD, a welcome positive for Ingram after last week's benching. Ingram had more success midway through the third quarter, running through another big lane off right tackle to the second-level for 19. After Hightower took another two possessions, Ingram came on early in the fourth, illustrating impressive lateral agility to begin a drive with a 14-yard gain off left guard. He found another significant lane two plays later, cutting off left tackle on an 11-yard draw play. Ingram further padded his impressive yardage total late into the fourth as the Saints ran the clock out, racking up gains of seven and five to finish his day. He ran effectively as the second member of a committee with Hightower, taking advantage of more space than he's seen all season that can likely be attributed to the league-best SF matchup. It seems likely that Hightower will significantly eat into Ingram's workload going forward, but he remains a relevant fantasy option.

2016 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ingram started the day as normal, carrying off right tackle on the second play of the game for two yards. He found no running room two plays later, running into his own blocker before diving back to the line for a gain of one. The veteran ran off right tackle early in the second drive, losing a fumble while fighting for a gain of about two. The turnover was returned for a Seattle defensive TD, and Ingram was swiftly benched for the rest of the game. The benching wasn't totally shocking considering his consistently low YPC totals this season, but it wasn't as if the running game began lighting the world on fire with Hightower as the lead ball-carrier. The situation bears watching throughout the week.

2016 Week 7 vs KC (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)

Ingram began New Orleans' offensive day with a carry up the middle for seven, and followed it up with an inside handoff the following down for five. He stayed heavily involved on the opening touchdown drive, earning modest gains of five and two, respectively. The veteran runner lost two off left tackle to start the second drive, but caught a swing pass on the following play to pick up eight. He stayed throughout the first half but didn't have much success with zero notable carries. Ingram opened the second half with a solid gain of six up the middle. He carried the ball off his guards several times in the extensive second-half opening drive, earning modest gains of two, four and five, respectively. Ingram's determination hurt him a bit later in the series, as his refusal to go down cost his team two yards after he hit a brick wall. He rebounded with two plays later on a swing pass to the left flat for seven yards to critically move the chains. He showed impressive leg drive on the very next play up the middle to fight through contact for a seven-yard carry to to three yard-line. The workhorse was rewarded on his third straight touch, running to the left flat out of the backfield before easily walking into the endzone for the three-yard score. He stayed involved into the fourth quarter, picking up a first down on an inside handoff off left guard for six and following it up on the next play off left tackle for five. He was targeted on a very short checkdown to the right flat later in the drive for a pickup of two. Two plays later, Ingram ran off right guard but lost a critical fumble to send the ball back to Kansas City with less than nine minutes in the game. He didn't receive another touch after the fumble, as the time lost because of it forced the Saints into pass-only mode. The volume remains positive for Ingram, but a lack of chunk gains means he needs a TD to be worthy of RB1 status.

2016 Week 6 vs CAR (16 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Ingram's first carry went off right guard for five yards. He followed it up the next down as a safety valve in the left flat for a gain of four, and moved the chains on his third straight touch with three congested yards through the middle. Ingram had two additional carries on the drive, including one from the three-yard line that fell inches short of the endzone. He carried off left tackle to end the first quarter, picking up five. His best run of the day came on a pitch off left tackle for 11 yards in which he took advantage of elusive room to run. Ingram was tasked with picking up a yard later in the second quarter, but was stonewalled off left guard and barely got back to the line. Ingram picked up a relatively meaningless six yards off right tackle on third-and-long later in the period. The Saints' lead back opened his second half with a pitch off left tackle for two. He began the following drive with an inside handoff off left guard for six. Ingram lost four on a pitch a few downs later, being hit on the backfield with little help from his blockers. He circled out of the backfield on a short angle route early in the fourth for five yards, but was only able to gain two yards off left tackle on the following down. Deep in Carolina territory, Ingram picked up a total of seven yards on two uneventful inside handoffs later in the drive. The veteran runner struggles for YPC efficiency each and every week despite showing decent burst, and and is a touchdown-dependent fantasy play as a result.

2016 Week 4 vs SD (18 / 56 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Ingram began the game similarly to last week, taking it off left tackle for a productive ten-yard gain on the first play before following it up the next down off left guard for four yards. Later in the drive, he ripped another steady gain of six off right tackle. He was rewarded at the end of the possession with an easy one-yard carry off right tackle for a walk-in score. Ingram was the recipient of a checkdown early on the following drive for three yards. He began to met more resistance on the ground for this drive, however, gaining three before losing six. He caught a short angle route early in the second quarter, picking up six to set up a third-and-medium. Ingram stayed busy through the entirety of the first half, but holding penalties and poor blocking limited any notable yardage. He ran up the middle for short gains of two and six on New Orleans' opening drive, a trend of minimal gains on the ground that continued for the rest of the game to notch his dismal YPC of 3.17. Also on the opening drive, was targeted up the right sideline on a perfectly thrown wheel route for 20 yards. Ingram found space in the flat deep in the red zone, breaking through first contact to fall forward for four yards and a new set of downs at the one-yard line. As New Orleans fell behind by two scores in the fourth, Ingram began a primary checkdown option for Drew Brees. He opened a drive with two straight short completions for seven, and eight yards respectively. A notable carry took place late in the fourth, as he showed impressive power to stay upright off left guard for eight yards. New Orleans didn't abandon the run as they have when trailing the past few weeks, but Ingram's efficiency was still a major negative down the stretch of Sunday's contest. His role as a checkdown option helped keep his statline afloat, and the touchdown is certainly nice for the team's unquestioned feature-back.

2016 Week 3 vs ATL (15 / 77 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)

The Saints opened the game with a clear intent to feed Ingram the ball on the ground, and it worked well on the opening drive. Ingram began with a carry off right tackle for three yards. He fought through contact on an inside handoff two plays later, moving the chains with a three-yard pickup. New Orleans continued to feed him, giving him an inside handoff off right guard for six yards. He was tackled at the line of scrimmage off left tackle two plays later, but followed it up with an inside draw off right guard for seven. Ingram began New Orleans' third drive with an inside handoff off right guard, showing noticeable leg drive to push the pile for 11 yards. He was targeted on a wheel route over the middle on the following possession, gaining eight yards underneath the defense. Later in the drive, he found a wide lane off right guard on a well-timed draw play for 17 yards. Ingram opened the second half with hard-earned yards off right guard for three. However, he did not accrue many notable carries in the second half as a large New Orleans deficit tilted the game script into a pass-heavy playbook throughout the third and fourth quarters. A swing pass deep in the red zone later in the drive was met with immediate contact and a loss of one. He found paydirt on an ensuing two-point conversion, finding open space on a pitch off right tackle after a fake jet sweep. Tasked with a third-and-14, Ingram chipped a pass rusher before escaping into the left flat against very soft coverage for 18 yards to move the chains. Later in the half, he received a swing pass in the left flat after coming in-motion to begin the play, and Ingram followed his blockers for a five-yard touchdown to mark his first receiving touchdown of his career. The veteran runner is a victim of New Orleans' negative game scripts, as a continued reliance on the passing game limits his touches to a change-of-pace role down the stretch of most contests.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Ingram showed impressive leg drive on the first play of the game, an inside handoff in which he pushed the pile for six hard-earned yards. Two plays later, he found a small lane off left guard for five yards. He began New Orleans' second drive with an inside give for just three. Ingram showed decent burst off right tackle to begin New Orleans' fourth possession, picking up nine yards but leaving more on the field. Ingram came out of the backfield later in the drive gaining five yards as a checkdown option. He caught a short dump-off to the left flat early in the third period for two yards, unable to find running room. Ingram slipped out of the backfield off play-action for his biggest play of the day, a 13-yard checkdown in the right flat. The veteran runner had very little success in the second half, never gaining more than two or three yards on any carry. Abandoning the run after realizing it offers little in the way of consistent yardage has been a pattern through New Orleans' first two games, but Ingram is still the unquestioned workhorse.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Operating as New Orleans' clear feature back without C.J. Spiller, Ingram kept the offense on schedule despite lacking a highlight run and being stopped for minimal yardage on several occasions. Ingram entered the statistical column on New Orleans' second drive, taking a checkdown in the middle of the field for nine yards. He found a large running lane off left guard two plays later, decisively cutting upfield for 12 yards. Ingram stayed heavily involved on a well-designed screen play later in the drive, following his blockers up the left sideline for 20 yards. Ingram found little running room on his next several carries, never gaining more than four yards apiece. Later, he found a lane off left guard for nine yards, finishing the run by pushing a pile of defenders, and followed it up with another short carry to move the chains. Ingram was swallowed up for a loss on his first carry of the second half. He grinded through the middle on an inside handoff early in the fourth quarter despite little room to run for three yards. Ingram's best run of the day came on the following drive, when he exhibited plus vision to follow his blockers on an inside handoff before using impressive leg drive to fall forward for a gain of 17. His locked-in position as the unquestioned RB1 on this high-powered offense makes him a meaningful part of any fantasy lineup.

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Saints | Mark Ingram back at practice (Fri Dec 9, 09:33 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) was a limited participant at practice Friday, Dec. 9, and is listed as questionable for Week 14.

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Saints | Mark Ingram misses practice (Thu Dec 8, 11:27 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Saints | Limited practice for Mark Ingram (Thu Dec 8, 09:50 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

Our View: Ingram's carries have been all over the place the last few weeks, but when they give him the rock a lot he performs. The Bucs allow an average of 116.1 yards per game this season but have been a lot better of late and have not been allowing a ton of 100 yard rushers. Ingram might find the going rough, making him a RB3 bet and no more.
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Saints | Mark Ingram limited (Wed Dec 7, 06:06 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Our View: Ingram's injury situation is a bit concerning for fantasy owners. We have him as a low-end RB2 in Week 14.
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Saints | Mark Ingram limited vs. Lions (Sun Dec 4, 05:58 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram ran seven times for 37 yards Sunday, Dec. 4, in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Our View: Ingram was in and out of the game early, possibly with further issues concerning the toe injury that made him questionable entering the game. He'll be a flex play against Tampa next week unless he has a better week of practice.
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Schedule

14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15@ Arizona Cardinals
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons