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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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Summary

Ingram's fifth year option was not picked up prior to the 2014 season. Most expected that to signal that his fourth year with the team would be his last. However, he set career highs in carries (226), rushing yards (964) and touchdowns (9). Even considering that success, the consensus remained that he would sign elsewhere for the 2015 season. However, he returned to the Saints signing a four-year $16 Million deal. His role in the running game last year actually decreased as he had only two games with over 20 carries and only topped 100 yards in one game, against the Colts (25th in the league against the rush). On a positive note, he was considerably more active in the passing game, almost doubling his previous career high to catch 50 passes. He missed the final four games of the season and had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on his left shoulder in December. Ingram should remain the Saints' starting running back, but will again face competition for carries from C. J. Spiller, Tim Hightower and rookie Daniel Lasco. The Saints have used a running back by committee frequently under Coach Payton and will likely continue that approach this year. Ingram will be their go to power back. He has consistently been a tough runner throughout his career, but is somewhat prone to injury. He has missed 18 games in his five seasons. Ingram did restructure his contract this March to potentially help them team's cap situation. The revised contract did not include either additional money or a pay cut. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 11, 7, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 17, 19
Overall Redraft - 26, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 36, 44
RB Redraft PPR - 10, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 17, 19
Overall Redraft PPR - 28, 15, 16, 19, 21, 21, 22, 23, 25, 31, 33, 36, 39, 44, 48
RB Dynasty - 16, 8, 18, 19, 19
Overall Dynasty - 61, 42, 56, 68

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2013 NO 11 78 386 1 11 7 68 0
2014 NO 13 226 964 9 36 29 145 0 1
2015 NO 12 166 769 6 60 50 405 0 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 230 * * 47 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 220 * * 50 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 240 * * 52 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 250 * * 58 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 26
RB: 11
Overall-PPR: 26
RB-PPR: 10

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Latest News

Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape (Thu Jun 16, 07:45 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.

Our View: Ingram has come into his own, and we think he's a borderline RB1/RB2 and we could see him tipping 1,000 yards this year. Hightower finally got back into the league after some knee issues, but will be limited to whatever Ingram doesn't pick up. That means Hightower is unlikely to have any value save as a handcuff. Spiller might be the third back but he's going to have more work than Hightower, since he brings a little more variety to the table. Consider him only as depth though, as we don't expect him to do enough to warrant more than a bye-week fill-in, and his value is around RB7.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Oakland Raiders
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ San Diego Chargers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Carolina Panthers
7@ Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Denver Broncos
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Los Angeles Rams
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15@ Arizona Cardinals
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons