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RB Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints

5-9, 215Born: 12-21-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2011

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Ingram was able to score to salvage his week, but he isn't breaking off long runs or getting in a groove this year. He's just a flex play against the Panthers.

Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Saints run game continues to produce, even while split almost down the middle between Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Neither has topped 16 carries of his own since Week 9, though the duo has combined to reach 100 yards in 6 of the last 8 games. As a result, there's plenty of rushing value at play here, no matter how hard it is to pin down and project. Game flow hasn't really hindered either back, and both are running efficiently, each averaging 4.6 yards per rush behind one of football's best lines. Center Max Unger continues to excel, and the right side of the line, in particular, has been borderline dominant throughout the year. Both runners are flashing the ability to break into the second level, and both carry strong week-to-week touchdown upside in the Saints' powerful offense. The Panthers are used to leaning on their run defense as a strength, but here in 2018, it's been an inconsistent group at best. Generally speaking, they've shown well against the weaker run games on their schedule but struggled when actually challenged. Last week, Browns rookie Nick Chubb didn't have his best day as a pro, but still became the eighth lead back over 13 games to comfortably average more than 4.0 yards per rush. Replacing Star Lotulelei with Dontari Poe up front has proven a solid move for the Panthers, but there are still issues on the second level, where poor angles and tackling crop up from time to time. Shaq Thompson is making strides but remains a bit inconsistent, and even All-Pro Luke Kuechly hasn't quite looked himself. This isn't a unit to explicitly attack in fantasy - there's still plenty of talent up front. But it's certainly not the prohibitive matchup it's been in recent years.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs PHI 30 16 103 2 0 0 0 0 0 22.3
12 vs ATL 27 11 52 0 2 2 14 0 0 6.6
13 at DAL 21 7 27 0 3 2 1 0 0 2.8
14 at TB 29 13 52 1 3 1 1 0 0 11.3
15 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 2 * * * *
15 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 2 * * * *
15 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Mark Ingram's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs TB (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

It has been a tough season for running backs since the Saints got Ingram back from suspension. They have been very good about splitting carries but that has made it hard for any one back to find sustained success. Ingram surpassed 50 yards on the ground and added a touchdown. He did not look great in the passing game and only caught 1 of his 3 targets. One of his targets was on the screen play where Brees threw his third interception of the season. His touchdown run was a brutal 17-yard run where he dragged defenders into the end zone with him. Ingram powered his way right up the middle and stormed his way into the end zone. It has been a tough season for running backs as neither gets a starters workload. The traditional roles from last season have not been utilized this year and the numbers for Ingram have shown that. The rushing game is going to matter in the playoffs and all of the splitting should give their backs fresh legs.

2018 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Someone needed to step up this week against the Cowboys and unfortunately it was not Ingram. He was given 7 carries to Kamara's 11 and had a slightly better average at 3.9 yards per carry. His longest rush was 13 yards and it was the only real big play on the ground for the Saints. Ingram caught 2 of his 3 targets and was quickly wrapped up each time. Ingram saw 21 offensive snaps or about 40% of the offensive snaps. He was out paced by Kamara this week and has seen a decline in recent weeks. It is tough to predict what the Saints do at running back each week, and it was Ingram who took the back seat today. A matchup against a Tampa defense next week could get everything back on track.

2018 Week 12 vs ATL (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

There is not much to write home about with Ingram's performance this week. He had 3 fewer carries than Kamara this week and caught both of his targets in the passing game. Ingram's 4.7 yards per carry would be more than enough to make any team happy, but the Saints elected to attack the Falcons through the air this week. Even in the red zone and in goal to go situations the Saints leaned on the pass more than the run this week. Look for the Saints to continue to ride the hot hand out of the back field and it is a true flip of the coin as to which running back is going to see more carries. Ingram's longest run of the night was 12 yards down the sideline. Brees fumbled the snap but was still able to pitch the ball to Ingram as he fell to the ground. Ingram followed his blockers up the sideline for his biggest gain of the day.

2018 Week 11 vs PHI (16 / 103 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rushing attack was in full force for the Saints this week and Ingram led the way. He kicked things off by capping an 89-yard Saints drive with a 14-yard touchdown. The Saints faked a jet sweep and then handed the ball to Ingram. The defense was playing man on the outside and the corner followed the sweeper across formation. Ingram bounced to the outside and had a clear path to the end zone without being touched. His second touchdown was a 1-yard plunge off the left guard. The defense had just turned the Eagles over on downs and the offense only had to go 39 yards for the score. Ingram also added a 38-yard run off tackle for a big first down to help push him over 100 yards rushing. One interesting thing to note was that he did not have a target in the passing game. The Saints never let off the throttle this week and kept throwing the ball, but Ingram never saw his usual screen play or even a check down pass. The rushing attack stuck to running the ball this week and it worked out very well.

2018 Week 10 vs CIN (13 / 104 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 58 / 1 rec)

Things have been very quiet for Ingram since his triumphant return from suspension. He had a big game and then has played second fiddle to Kamara ever since. That changed this week as he ran for over 100 yards and had a receiving touchdown. He seems to have lost his goal line duties with Kamara getting the scores from 1 and 4 yards out, but he did not seem to let that bother him. Ingram decided to do it himself with a 28-yard catch and run screen pass for a touchdown. He would not be denied at the goal line with a swarm of defenders around him as he spun into the end zone. This was his longest play through the air and he also added a 33-yard run on the ground. Ingram cut to the outside and rumbled down the sideline for a big first down and almost 1/3 of his rush yards on a single play. He would have gotten more carries had the game not gotten so far out of hand. Third string running back Dwayne Washington ended up getting 11 carries to close out the game rather than Ingram or Kamara getting the extra work. If the back field continues to run on all cylinders, the Saints are going to be very tough to beat going down the stretch.

2018 Week 9 vs LAR (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

After his triumphant return, Ingram has faded back behind Kamara in recent weeks. There was a big difference in the number of touches between the 2 backs this week (24-10 favoring Kamara) and a reluctance to use Ingram near the goal line after a fumble in their own territory. Ingram was swallowed up by Aaron Donald at the line of scrimmage and fumbled the ball back to the Rams at the Saints 24-yard line. The defense averted disaster by turning the Rams over on downs, but it could have been a much different story. Ingram's longest run was 12 yards and he caught 1 of his 2 targets for 3 yards. The Saints finally seem to be shifting focus to Kamara and that could mean the writing is on the wall for Ingram after this season. With the suspension to start the year and some underwhelming performances thus far, he does not have a realistic shot at 1,000 yards and will most likely suit up for a different team next season.

2018 Week 8 vs MIN (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

It continues to be a guessing game as to which back is going to get what work. Ingram and Kamara had the same number of carries this week, but Kamara more than doubled Ingram in targets. He also lost out on a goal line carry from the 1 as Kamara finished his own drive with a touchdown. Ingram had more yards than Kamara this week but did not find the end zone. His longest play of the game was a 19-yard screen in the 4th quarter to help set up a field goal. His longest rush was 11 yards and a first down. The Vikings did a great job holding the Saints rushing attack to 106 yards combined this week, but Ingram was the most effective runner. There is no telling who is going to get the goal line work each week and the Saints like it that way. Look for New Orleans to continue to ride the hot hand each week.

2018 Week 7 vs BAL (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

The running back carousel looks like it is going to continue this year with the Saints. In his return, Ingram was the clear lead back again and received almost all of the goal line work. This week he lost touches to Kamara and was not given a chance in the red zone. Kamara ran the ball 2 times from the 5-yard line and eventually came away with the score over Ingram. Both back received 2 targets in the passing game and neither amounted to very much. Ingram's longest play of the game was an 8-yard scamper, but he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry this week. Baltimore has a tough rush defense and it really limited what Ingram did this week. It will be another tough test next week against Minnesota.

2018 Week 5 vs WAS (16 / 53 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

There were a lot of questions coming into the game about how Ingram would fit into the offense with the success Kamara has been having. Coach Sean Peyton said he would resume his normal work load and be the starter in his return, but it is hard to argue with what Kamara had done. Then the game got going and Ingram was given the first carry and almost all the goal line work. The overall yardage may not have been impressive, but the 2 touchdowns and number of touches tell the whole story. Ingram out touched Kamara 18-9 in his first week back and took control of the offense. He scored from 2 yards out on the first drive and then from 1 yard in a power running formation in the second quarter. Even more telling of how the split is going to go is that Ingram had 3 targets in the passing game to Kamara's 4. He also managed to do more with these targets and stayed on the field on third down. The Saints will look to establish their run game early for the rest of the season and that should provide plenty of work for Ingram going forward. He already has the freshest legs on the team and gets a Bye week to get ready for Baltimore in week 7.


Latest News

Saints | Mark Ingram gets into end zone (Sun Dec 9, 07:35 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he added one grab for just one yard.

Our View: Ingram has failed to establish a solid floor since coming back from a suspension this year. His touchdown bailed out anyone who started him, but he's not an automatic play next week at Carolina on Monday night.
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