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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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Week 15: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. Assuming rookie phenom Alvin Kamara clears the concussion protocol this week, the Saints should immediately resume their thoroughly dominant ground-game ways. Kamara's early Week 14 exit provided the first hiccup for this dominant unit since the Adrian Peterson trade. Since Week 6, they've averaged an easy league-high of 154.9 ground yards per game and run for 18 touchdowns (also first leaguewide by a mile or two). Prior to last week, the Kamara/Mark Ingram duo had combined for 103+ yards in all 8 post-Peterson games, and topped 118 in 7 of those. Both backs are dynamic, with Ingram still showing deceptive, versatile explosiveness and Kamara simply a difficult man to tackle. They operate behind a strong offensive line, and they're afforded a ton of space by Drew Brees' passing game. We saw last week that anything can happen to derail a fantasy week, but there's no intellectually honest reason to discount a full Saints backfield anytime soon. The Jets run defense is one of the league's more up-and-down units. They've held 5 opponents to 90 ground yards or less, but given up 140 or more 6 other times. Much of the issue can be traced to the interior, where down lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and the linebackers have been wildly inconsistent. Wilkerson is essentially lame duck, as his play has fallen off a cliff and he'll almost certainly be cut loose minutes into 2018 free agency. Inside linebackers Darron Lee and Demario Davis have been generally solid, but the revolving door of outside men are struggling to hold contain. That's great news for ultra-dynamic Saints rookie Alvin Kamara, who (provided he suits up) could shred this defense on the edges.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs WAS 28 11 134 1 4 3 21 0 0 21.5
12 at LAR 29 11 31 0 3 2 5 0 0 3.6
13 vs CAR 36 14 85 1 7 6 37 0 0 18.2
14 at ATL 42 12 49 0 5 4 43 0 0 9.2
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 3 * * * *
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 3 * * * *
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 20 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs ATL (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

After losing Alvin Kamara on the first drive of the game, it would be easy to assume that Ingram would take over lead back duties and get right back to the success he has had all season. That was not the case and Ingram actually seemed to struggle without having someone to relieve him after every few plays. Ingram is an elite athlete, but he has come accustomed to running a few plays and then getting a breather while Kamara did the same. Ingram did not break 100 total yards and did not eclipse 50 yards in either rushing or receiving today. The Falcons did a great job limiting his rushing attempts and seemingly cutting off his lanes for the jump cuts and cutbacks that he is known for. Ingram's longest rush of the day was 14 yards, but he did manage to chip in a 21-yard catch and run for a first down through the air. Ingram also got a little banged up when he took a helmet to the small of his back and needed a few plays off. It will be interesting to see how the Saints respond next week with a banged-up Ingram and Kamara in the concussion protocol.

2017 Week 13 vs CAR (14 / 85 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Ingram has been the starter all season long but was not given the first carry of the game this week. It was very short lived being on the bench as he received the games second carry 3 plays later. Ingram struggled to get things going on the ground this week aside from his 72-yard burst off the right guard. If you take away that one play, he managed 13 yards on 13 carries. He was able to cap that drive off with a 3-yard touchdown plunge after Kamara took the ball 9 yards to the Carolina 3. Another interesting stat this week was Ingram had one more reception and target than Kamara. This is the first time this season that Ingram had more receptions than Kamara and something that most people did not expect to see. Kamara did more damage with his receptions, but Ingram was still used in passing situations at a higher rate than before. On the surface, this looks like another great game for Ingram, but quite a few flags go up when you look at production outside of his one big play. He is not at risk of losing the starting job to Kamara, but we could see the carry distribution continue to inch closer to 50/50 as the season goes on.

2017 Week 12 vs LAR (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

This was not the best week for the Saints rushing attack and losing Ingram to a toe injury did not help matters. The team has put out a release saying he will be available to play next week but there is no way to know the extent of his limitation. After having a resurgence since trading Adrian Peterson, this is the worst game Ingram has out together. With less than 3 yards per carry while he was playing and only managing 11 carries, this is a game to forget. The longest play was a 7-yard burst off the left tackle in the third quarter. Ingram is going to have a tough test next week against a Carolina defense that has been tough against the run. Kamara also had a much better outing this week and it will be interesting to see if there is a shift in carry distribution.

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (11 / 134 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Early on in the game, the Saints went run heavy with Mark Ingram and were very successful at it as Ingram as Ingram showcased his rushing ability in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown in which Ingram remained very patient for the hole to develop made one cut and then used his speed to outrun oncoming defenders. Ingram only touched the ball one time in the fourth quarter as the team went to a pass-heavy attack with Alvin Kamara, but Ingram came back in overtime to lead the Saints to victory as he had two long runs for 51 yards in overtime which led the Saints to victory.

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (21 / 131 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Saints rushing offense outpaced the passing attack 48 attempts to 25 and Ingram's success played a huge factor in that. Ingram eclipsed 100 yards rushing and added three touchdowns for his best game of the season. Ingram's touchdowns all came from within the 10-yard line at distances of 1, 3, and 3 yards. Ingram helped to set up his own touchdown after taking a 4th and 1 carry 25 yards right up the middle of the Buffalo defense. Each of Ingram's touchdowns were power runs right up the middle and showed that he is the thunder to the thunder and lightning duo that is Ingram and Kamara. One interesting note is that Ingram was not targeted in the passing game at all this week. He is the clear starting running back but has been relegated to more of the rushing attack rather than passing with the emergence of Kamara. The touches were very close with Ingram taking 21 and Kamara at 17. It will be interesting to see the shift in workloads if the Saints are ever losing at any point again this season.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (16 / 77 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Despite the two fumbles last week, Ingram got the start again today against Tampa Bay. However, he only had one more total touch than Alvin Kamara and did not have nearly as much success. Ingram's biggest play came on a 33-yard burst off the left tackle that he cut all the way back across the field to the right sideline. After the fumbling issues last week, you could see him hold it high and tight and with two hands once contact was made. Unfortunately for Ingram, rookie Alvin Kamara was rewarded with the touch down carry from the 6-yard line. Coach Sean Peyton still gave Ingram 6 more carries than Kamara, but he was out paced in the passing game 8 targets to 1. The Saints have shown a commitment to the running game since trading Adrian Peterson and it has paid off. Ingram is still the starting running back in New Orleans, but Alvin Kamara has shown that he can be a very capable starter if Ingram falters.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (18 / 75 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)

After consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Ingram did not have the best at the office. He did manage 99 total yards from scrimmage, but he also fumbled twice and took points off the board for the Saints. Both fumbles came deep in Chicago territory, well within field goal range. Despite costing the Saints at least 6 points, Ingram did make up for it with a rushing touchdown. Ingram took the ball in from 1-yard out and put the Saints up by 8 just before halftime. He helped to set up his own touchdown with an 18-yard rush off the right end, followed by a 19-yard pass to the 1-yard line. Alvin Kamara had poached the first touchdown after a defensive penalty on a field goal gave the Saints a fresh set of downs. Ingram had 10 more carries and 3 more targets than Kamara today and is still the clear lead back for the Saints.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (22 / 105 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 5 / 0 rec)

It was Mark Ingram and the running game that helped to right a struggling offense early in this one. The Saints were having no problem moving the ball, but Brees had thrown interceptions on the Packers side of the field on the team's first two possessions. This is when a combination of a 47-yard reception by Ted Ginn and hard running by both Ingram and Kamara took over. Ingram cashed in on a 12-yard rushing touchdown to knot the game at 7 and cement the successful drive. He also added a 23-yard rush in the second half (with an added horse collar tackle penalty) that helped set up the 1-yard Drew Brees rushing touchdown. This is the second straight game Ingram has gone over 100 yards and the disparity between Ingram and Kamara touches continues to grow. Ingram was given 22 carries to Kamara's 9. Kamara seems to be taking over the third down pass catching duties as Ingram was not very effective in the passing game again this week.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (25 / 114 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

The Saints finally showed a commitment to the run game and Mark Ingram by trading Adrian Peterson and feeding him the ball 25 times. This is the most the Saints have run the ball all season and Ingram showed they can be successful doing it. Ingram's biggest play came on a 51-yard rush off tackle where he broke a tackle in the backfield and then another 5-yards down the field for the big gain. He was later rewarded with carries from the one and two-yard lines for touchdowns. The Saints did not try anything fancy and ran the ball right up the middle from a power formation. Ingram also added 5 receptions on the day but did fall victim to a fumble lost. Ingram gained almost half of his rushing yards on the one play but the coaching staff stuck with the run all day as 4 rushers combined for 193 total yards on the ground. Adrian Peterson may have had a slightly better day in Arizona but Ingram showed the Saints he can be the 1000-yard back they had last year and contribute in the passing game.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

The Saints' rushing offense still has not found its groove, even 4 games into the season. Mark Ingram is still the top back on the depth chart and received by far the most carries. He was still unable to do very much with them aside from an 8-yard scamper off tackle. Ingram also had 8 targets in the passing game but only caught 4 of those attempts. Alvin Kamara has emerged as the top pass-catching option out of the backfield and Ingram could see his snap total continue to decrease if Kamara keeps going. Ingram's 1,000-yard season from a year ago seems more like an eternity ago as the Saints have not gotten anything going on the ground this season.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

The depth chart seems to be finally be revealing itself as Ingram had the same number of touches than both other running backs put together. Ingram was the dominant back in the run game today despite Kamara scoring the lone touchdown. Ingram's biggest rush came on a 15-yard scamper off the left tackle. Ingram burst through the line and into the secondary before getting tripped up on what could have been a much longer run. Ingram also took a screen down the sideline for 25-yards to account for the biggest passing play out of the backfield for the Saints. Ingram may not be on pace for the 1,000-yard season he had last year but it seems like as the season wears on he will cement himself as the lead back for the Saints' offense.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

There was no real decision made when it came to the top back in New Orleans. Mark Ingram looks to be the most productive back today, but his line is very deceiving. Ingram tallied more than half of his total yardage on the ground on the game's final play. The Patriots played a prevent defense with only four seconds left on the clock and Ingram took a draw right up the middle for 28-yards. Ingram's other 7 carries of the game were largely ineffective and he did not play a major role in the passing game either. New Orleans is a team that does not seem to have any idea what it wants to do in the backfield and this is going to frustrate Ingram and company all season.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

The story with Ingram is very similar to that of Adrian Peterson. There was no room to run against the stout Vikings rush defense. Ingram's value came in the passing game during the second half. Brees targeted Ingram on three straight plays to help move the Saints into the redzone. The Saints adjusted to the Vikings sitting back in coverage and started finding Ingram underneath with room to run. Ingram and Peterson were both listed as number one running backs on the saint's depth chart and the snap distribution seemed to confirm that.


Latest News

Saints | Mark Ingram posts pair of TDs (Sun Dec 17, 09:10 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 12 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the New York Jets and he added five receptions for 77 yards.

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Saints | Mark Ingram tallies 92 yards (Thu Dec 7, 11:43 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram ran 12 times for 49 yards and caught four passes for 43 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Dec. 7.

Our View: The Saints weren't able to keep the Falcons defense off balance with their running back duo after Alvin Kamar went out, and Ingram's touchdown chances suffered. He'll still be an RB1 next week against the Jets with or without Kamara in the lineup.
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Saints | Mark Ingram will play in Week 14 (Thu Dec 7, 07:27 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is officially active for the team's Week 14 game.

Our View: A report today indicated that Ingram's toe is not a significant issue, and that the missed practices were more a product of the abbreviated practice week. Play him as you normally would.
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Saints | Mark Ingram expected to play (Thu Dec 7, 08:06 AM) - Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is expected to play Thursday, Dec. 7, against the Atlanta Falcons.

Our View: Amazingly, both backs in the New Orleans backfield have top ten fantasy value this week. Alvin Kamara has shown he can be a huge playmaker, and he's one of the top fantasy backs around, but Ingram shouldn't be forgotten and against Atlanta, we think he could put up borderline RB1/RB2 numbers too.
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Saints | Mark Ingram listed as questionable (Wed Dec 6, 03:51 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) did not practice for second straight day Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Our View: Things are not looking good for Ingram's availability on Thursday night against the Falcons. If Ingram can't play, Alvin Kamara could be the top fantasy RB in Week 14. Kamara is already a RB1 for fantasy owners and would just get a larger workload without Ingram. If we don't see Ingram on Thursday, there might be more snaps for guys like Jonathan Williams or Trey Edmunds.
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