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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 24): Ingram is holding onto solid RB2 value with involvement in the passing game and the ability of the Saints offense to create scoring opportunities. He has been an inefficient runner, and a costly fumble in the fourth quarter against Kansas City won't help his cause. He has a tough matchup against Seattle this week.

Week 8: vs Seattle Seahawks

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Two weeks ago, Mark Ingram saw 16/51/0 rushing and three targets for 2/9/0 receiving against the Panthers on a day when the Saints rushed for 21/63/1 as a team. Last week, he handled 16/62/0 rushing with four targets for 4/20/1 receiving against the Chiefs. Generally speaking, Ingram has seen from 18-24 touches on the football in each of the last four games, and he's gone over 100 yards combined once, in Week Four vs. San Diego, with 18/56/1 rushing and seven targets for 6/49/0 receiving. He's consistently mediocre most weeks, folks, as the Saints continue to indulge their pass-happy quarterback. The Seahawks' rush defense couldn't stand up to David Johnson last weekend (33/113/0 rushing for Johnson, with 13 targets for 8/58/0 receiving) as the Cardinals ground out 37/132/0 as a team during the 6-6 tie game. Even with the big game in their average, the Seahawks are fifth in the NFL averaging 84.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with only three rushing scores given out to date. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Seattle averages 12.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (eighth-least in the NFL). This is a bad matchup for the mediocre Saints' running back crew.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at SD 48 18 56 1 7 6 49 0 0 16.5
6 vs CAR 39 16 51 0 3 2 9 0 0 6
7 at KC 38 16 62 0 4 4 20 1 1 13.2
8 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 3 * * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 3 * * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Saints | Mark Ingram re-discovers end zone (Sun Oct 23, 10:30 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 62 yards in the Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he added four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown on four targets.

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Saints | Mark Ingram has 60 yards from scrimmage (Sun Oct 16, 08:21 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 51 yards in the Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers, and he added two receptions for nine yards.

Our View: Ingram couldn't come up bigger in a game that saw the Saints break 40 points. He is still situated for big games if he gets his number called at the goal line and John Kuhn doesn't vulture scores, but this is getting frustrating for his owners. Next week against the Chiefs on the road could be a tough matchup for New Orleans and relegate Ingram to RB2 status.
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Saints | Mark Ingram back at practice (Fri Oct 14, 03:48 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (illness) returned to practice Friday, Oct. 14, after missing the previous day with an undisclosed illness.

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Saints | Mark Ingram under the weather (Thu Oct 13, 09:10 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 13.

Our View: The Carolina Panthers defense may be down but it's not out, so this isn't a cakewalk. On top of that, John Kuhn keeps stealing touchdowns. All that said, Ingram has been looking good and we think he will combine rushing and receiving yards into a decent set of RB1 stats.
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