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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 5): Ingram is the only reliable fantasy option in the Saints offense outside of maybe Drew Brees. His outstanding receiving ability and hard-nosed running are feature RB1 quality. He's a must start RB1 regardless of matchup going forward.

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 45 9 24 0 9 8 98 0 0 12.2
2 vs TB 51 16 53 1 3 3 5 0 1 10.8
3 at CAR 44 14 50 1 5 5 49 0 0 15.9
4 vs DAL 41 17 77 0 7 6 51 0 0 12.8
5 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 4 * * * *
5 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs CAR (14 / 50 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Ingram got rolling on New Orleans' second offensive possession of the day, rushing off right tackle for three yards. His next two carries went back into the middle of the line and off right tackle for no gain and three yards, respectively. Ingram began the next drive with a carry off left guard for five yards. Ingram's first catch came late in the first quarter as the checkdown option for Luke McCown, picking up ten yards. He took three inside handoff through the middle of the Carolina defense for five, nine and three yards respectively to get his team's rushing attack going in the second quarter. With his fourth consecutive carry, Ingram found space off right tackle on a well-blocked play to scoot into the end zone for a five yard touchdown. He got his first touch of the second half midway through the third quarter, rushing up the gut for four. He managed just one on the very next play with a swing pass to the left flat. Ingram ended the third quarter with a modest two yard gain off left guard, then took an inside handoff for two midway through the fourth quarter. Ingram kept his trend of short gains going with a short burst of four off right tackle, then serving as a checkdown option on the next play for three more to set up a short third down. The ball was dumped back to Ingram on their last offensive drive underneath for 12 yards. There were no big gains to be found on the ground for Ingram for the third straight week, but his role as the RB centerpiece is secure. Ingram also adds some bonus value as a fairly consistent safety valve for his quarterbacks.

2015 Week 2 vs TB (16 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

Mark Ingram was heavily involved for New Orleans once again against Tampa Bay, but this time his continued struggles on the ground were not bailed out by success receiving out of the backfield. His role in the offense is not a concern for fantasy purposes, but the effectiveness of the team at large may be. Ingram's first carry came on the fourth play from scrimmage, a run off left tackle that went for no gain. Ingram ran up the middle for a modest five yards to begin New Orleans' second offensive possession, and followed it up on the next series with another jaunt down broadway that failed to gain a yard. The ball went directly back in his direction on a second down swing pass to end the first quarter, netting a pickup of six yards. Ingram's next four carries followed his early theme of the day, going right back through the middle for gains of zero, five, four and one yard, respectively. Finally running in a different direction, Ingram fell forward for a yard off right tackle late in the second quarter. His next tote was an inside handoff with Drew Brees lining up in shotgun in which Ingram made a nice cutback move off right guard to spring himself loose for an 11 yard touchdown to put his team's first points on the board. Ingram picked things up in the second half right where he left off in the first, with a minimal pickup of two yards into the heart of the Tampa Bay defense. He finally got some traction in his legs up the middle near the onset of the final quarter, plowing forward for six crucial yards on fourth-and-short. The offense went right back to him on an inside handoff for a gain of five. After receiving a play off for a C.J. Spiller carry, Ingram paid no mind to an eight-man Tampa Bay box with seven yards off right guard down to the three yard-line. New Orleans hurried back to the line with a quick inside handoff to Ingram, but he fell just inches short of a touchdown that was stolen by fullback Austin Johnson on the next play. Ingram coughed up the football on a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage with only three minutes left in the game, seemingly icing a loss, but the Saints were able to get the ball back just about a minute later. They went right back to Ingram just two offensive plays later on a screen to the same area of the field, gaining five yards in the no-huddle.

2015 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 24 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec)

Ingram started New Orleans' day off with a toss off left tackle for a gain of one. His first reception of the day came on a well-blocked screen that picked up 24 yards. Ingram sparked the Saints' third offensive possession with cutback runs off right tackle for nine, then through the middle for four. Ingram pitched in on the subsequent series with four yards up the middle, then was on the receiving end of a Brees checkdown for five. He got things going on the second play of the latter half with a short run for two yards. As with a theme throughout the day, Ingram moved the chains on the successive drive with a swing pass for seven yards on a third down from about midfield, but ran directly into an unblocked Calais Campbell on his next touch. Ingram spearheaded New Orleans' drive following a fumble recovery with an explosive nine yards through the middle of Arizona's front seven. He was unable to get back to the line of scrimmage on the very next play when Tyrann Mathieu chased him down for a loss of three. Ingram snuck out of the backfield for a trademark swing pass against the Arizona blitz, accelerating down the right sideline for 59 yards. Ingram final touches out of the backfield were unable to give New Orleans the offensive spark needed to get them back in the game. Ingram began his 2015 campaign looking like a very capable back in all facets of the game. Against a stout Arizona front, he struggled to find consistent yards on the ground, but proved very valuable as a checkdown and screen option out of the backfield against the blitz. His receptions may dip a bit with C.J. Spiller back on the scene soon, but Ingram will remain a vital part of the New Orleans offense regardless of game script.


Latest News

Saints | Mark Ingram piles up 128 yards (Mon Oct 5, 01:36 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 17 times for 77 yards in the Week 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He also added six receptions for 51 yards and he was targeted seven times.

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Saints | New Orleans run game lacking (Wed Sep 23, 01:41 PM) - The New Orleans Saints running game is talented with RBs Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and Khiry Robinson, but they currently rank in the bottom fourth of the league in rushing yards per game (79) and yards per carry (3.36).

Our View: The Saints are not threatening defenses with the passing game, and defenses are jamming the box to slow down their backs. Ingram is the lead back, but he's only generated 50 yards after contact in two games.
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