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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): It took three and a half years, but Mark Ingram was finally used the way we expected when he was the Saints traded up to land him in 2011. Sean Payton is never 100% reliable when it comes to his backfield, but he (and fantasy owners) would be crazy to go away from Ingram right now.

General News (Wed Oct 29): said he is a little sore after a career-high 24 carries in Week 8 but added that he will be ready to carry a heavy load again in the team's Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 30.

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. Mark Ingram announced his return to game shape last week with an impressive 24/172/1 rushing (with 1/3/0 receiving) while Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder injuries) and Khiry Robinson (forearm injury) sat out nursing injuries. Travaris Cadet handled most of the passing-down duties (1/7/0 rushing with five targets for 4/40/0 receiving). The two backs combined for a very effective combo against the soft Green Bay defensive front - stay tuned to's Players in the News this week to see if Thomas or Robinson will be able to get back in the mix for Week 9. If they remain sidelined, Ingram will be in line for a hefty helping of carries again on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers' rush D allowed 26/119/0 to the Seahawks' backs last Sunday, after giving up 30/122/2 to the Packers' backs two games ago. To date, the Panthers' rush D is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 135.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out. They are fairly soft in this phase of the game. Advantage, New Orleans.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at DET 10 16 0 3 2 13 0 0
8 vs GB 24 172 1 2 1 3 0 0
9 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 2 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 2 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 21 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Ingram returned after a four-week absence to lead the Saints in carries and was especially involved on early downs. Like all the Saints RBs, he found very little room to operate against a stout Lions front four that controlled the line of scrimmage. Most of Ingram's carries went for short gains or a loss of yards with the Lions penetrating and meeting him in the backfield. Ingram did run hard and looked like the same player who impressed in the first two weeks and preseason. Against a weaker run defense, expect him to again be effective in rolling up some yardage.

2014 Week 8 vs GB (24 / 172 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Ingram again looked fantastic, but the difference tonight was that he got plenty of opportunities without Thomas and Robinson stealing snaps. Ingram's strong play has flown a bit under the radar this season due to his injury and the RBBC, but it was on full display in front of a national audience against Green Bay. Ingram averaged over 7 YPC and showed off a nice combination of vision, power and elusiveness. He also seemed to get stronger as the game went on and he was able to wear down the Packers' defense as the game progressed. Ingram's best run of the game came early in the 3rd quarter when he galloped for 28 yards. He followed Ben Watson through a hole on the left side then cut back across the middle towards the right sideline, making a Packers DB look silly with a slick open field cut along the way. Ingram just missed a TD early in the 4th quarter when he picked up 8 yards on 1st-and-goal from the 10. He would cash in later in the 4th quarter however with a 21-yard touchdown run to seal the Saints victory. He ran left, bounced it towards the sideline and then dealt a wicked blow to the Packers CB to get the edge and clear the path to the end zone. It was a dominating performance by Ingram, but worth noting that he was facing a weak Packers run defense and that he had little competition for carries with the Saints other two bigger backs both out.


Latest News

Saints | Mark Ingram injures shoulder (Thu Oct 30, 10:31 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) suffered a right shoulder injury in the first half of the team's game Thursday, Oct. 30, and will play the rest of the game with a brace.

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Saints | Mark Ingram expected to test market (Thu Oct 30, 03:36 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to hit the free-agent market this upcoming offseason.

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Saints | Mark Ingram ready to carry load (Tue Oct 28, 09:03 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is a little sore after a career-high 24 carries in Week 8 but added that he will be ready to carry a heavy load again in the team's Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 30.

Our View: Ingram is in the final year of his contract, and he's on a tear--so long as he's healthy. This week against the Panthers, Ingram makes a nice RB2 with RB1 upside.
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Saints | Mark Ingram posts career high (Sun Oct 26, 11:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 23 times for a career-high 168 yards and a touchdown in the Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Saints | Mark Ingram a full go (Fri Oct 17, 04:39 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.

Our View: The Saints backfield will go back to being a three, if not four-headed affair that frustrates fantasy owners. Against a fierce defense like the Lions, none of them look like compelling plays.
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