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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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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 25): Ingram was held in check by the Ravens, including a goal line fumble. He won't play as big a role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas back, although Ingram is still worth at least a flex play going forward as the lead back at the goal line for a high scoring team.

General News (Thu Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 26): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Saints' rushing attack got Pierre Thomas back in action vs. Baltimore, and he added 5/19/0 rushing and 6/37/0 receiving to the team effort, while Mark Ingram continues to lead the team in rushes with 11/27/0 and 2/15/0 receiving. New Orleans' total was padded by an end-around run by Joe Morgan (1/67/0), but the running backs had very little room to roam against the stout Baltimore defensive front last week. Khiry Robinson remains sidelined due to his forearm complaint - keep an eye on his practice participation this week in's Players in the News if you are contemplating Robinson for a fantasy lineup this week. The Steelers' rush D is ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 102.2 yards allowed pr game, with eight rushing scores given up to date. Last week, they were on bye so they've had plenty of time to prepare for New Orleans - two weeks ago, Tennessee was held to 15/49/1 rushing after the Jets posted 36/150/0 rushing on the Steelers back in Week 10. This is a tough matchup for the Saints as they visit Heinz Field on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at CAR 30 100 2 2 1 10 0 0
10 vs SF 27 120 0 5 3 19 0 0
11 vs CIN 23 67 0 7 7 30 0 0
12 vs BAL 11 27 0 2 2 15 0 0
13 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 2 * * *
13 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 1 * * *
13 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 16 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs SF (27 / 120 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Ingram has been a huge bright spot for the Saints offense since returning from injury and he continued his strong run of play despite facing a stingy San Francisco run defense. It was a meat-and-potatoes type of performance for Ingram as he did almost all of his work between the tackles. There was very little flash and no run went for more than 11 yards, but Ingram was still able to average an impressive 4.4 YPC. He regularly fell forward on contact and ran with strength, determination and confidence. Ingram was a little bit more involved in the passing offense as he regularly leaked out of the backfield and sat down in the middle of the field a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage to add a safe outlet for Brees.

2014 Week 11 vs CIN (23 / 67 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 30 / 0 rec)

Ingram continues to run hard, but there was very little room to operate against the Bengals in Week 11. While the Bengals have been gashed by the run in recent weeks, the Week 11 return of key run stoppers LB Rey Maualuga and DT Brandon Thompson made the unit look more like the top 5 run defense they have been in recent seasons. Ingram has had a lot of carries over the past month and is starting to show some signs of fatigue, as he didn't look quite as explosive as he had previously. Ingram had three opportunities to find pay dirt in the early 2nd quarter. He had a 2nd-and-goal carry from the 4 but found zero space and was thrown for a 2-yard-loss. The Bengals were called for unnecessary roughness for throwing body-slamming Ingram after the whistle, which set the Saints up with 1st-and-goal from the 2. After an incompletion, Ingram got two more cracks at pounding it in and he took it straight up the guy both times only to be stonewalled just shy of the end zone. The biggest positive for fantasy owners is that Ingram has seen his usage in the passing game increase every game and he led the Saints in receptions against the Bengals. Ingram has done a good job of making himself available as an outlet for Brees and with the effectiveness of the Bengals' pass rush and tight downfield coverage, Brees checked down to Ingram early and often.

2014 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Ingram saw the field for only 25 of the Saints 73 offensive snaps (34%) which is sure to disappoint his owners in a major way. This was pretty much a worst-case scenario for Ingram owners with the return of Pierre Thomas to the lineup. While the snap counts look pretty grim, there is some reason for optimism going forward because the matchup was about as bad as possible for Ingram. The Ravens excel against the run, but due to secondary injuries, they have struggled mightily against the pass. Thus, there is some hope that going forward Ingram will potentially be able to get the opportunity to carry the ball more in future games. As has been the case in previous weeks, when Ingram was on the field, he saw the ball often. With 11 carries and 2 receptions, he got a touch on just over half of the plays he was on the field for. Ingram had some chances to get into the end zone. He had a carry on 1st-and-goal from the one, but there was nowhere to run and he lost a yard. He got another chance on the next play but fumbled just shy of the goalline. The play was originally ruled a fumble and recovery by the Ravens, but was reversed on review as Ingram was rule down by contact. Two plays later, the Ravens went for it on 4th down from the one and Ingram was stuffed trying to dive over the pile. The Ravens won the battle in the trenches though and Ingram never had any room to operate, getting hit and dropped close to the line of scrimmage on nearly every carry. The Brees pick six midway through the 3rd quarter did not help Ingram's cause at all either as it left the Saints playing from behind for nearly the entire second half. Ingram had another crack from inside the ten late in the first quarter, but was hit hard at the line and fumbled, though the Saints were able to recover. Ingram nearly scored again in the 2nd quarter. The Saints ran a play action to Ingram and then planned to hit him as he came out of the backfield but Haloti Ngata got a good hit on Ingram as he passed by going into his route and Ingram stumbled backwards. He was still able to make the catch but was pushed out of bounds at the two-yard line. Overall, it was a tough day for Ingram who found little space an had trouble holding onto the ball.


Latest News

Saints | Saints' top three RBs back on the field (Thu Nov 27, 04:59 PM) - New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram (shoulder), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Our View: Ingram is the lead back here, and Thomas serves as a change of pace and receiver out of the backfield. Fantasy owners need to adjust expectations for the Saints backfield since Thomas has returned from his injury.
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Saints | Saints' top three RBs practice (Wed Nov 26, 06:10 PM) - New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram (shoulder), Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and Travaris Cadet (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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Saints | Mark Ingram practices in full again (Fri Nov 21, 04:28 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 21.

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Saints | Full practice for Mark Ingram (Thu Nov 20, 05:34 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: We expect a great game from Ingram, bouncing back from last week's sub-100 yard totals (he still had 97 combined yards though). Prior to that he had run for more than 100 yards for three straight games. He's a great RB2.
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