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|The Saints traded back into the first round of the 2011 draft in order to select Ingram, the top rated running back in that year’s draft. While big things were expected of him, knee and turf toe injuries limited his effectiveness as a rookie and caused him to miss six games. With just 474 rushing yards and five touchdowns, Ingram was a disappointment as he struggled to show much explosiveness. Off-season knee surgery and a crowded Saints backfield cloud his fantasy outlook for 2012. The biggest issue is whether Ingram is really as mediocre as he looked last season or whether injuries hampered his ability to show his true ability as a runner. While no one is predicting a breakout season, you could make the argument that he ranks as a worthy RB3 with upside provided he can stay healthy and become the Saints full time short yardage option, a role he shared with Pierre Thomas last season. Don’t reach for Ingram hoping he becomes a bell cow runner in the Saints explosive offense. However, he looks good as a lower end RB3 in standard scoring leagues. Knock him down further in PPR formats since he showed little ability as a pass catcher as a rookie and the Saints have one of the league’s top receiving backs in Darren Sproles.
| Pierre Thomas limited Thursday -- Thu Jan 9 7:00 pm --|
|New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas was back at practice Thursday after missing almost two full weeks, and Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, with a chest injury. Although Thomas practiced in a limited capacity, it was his first sighting at practice since Week 17. (Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: There's very little known about Thomas' chest injury and his status for Saturday's game remains uncertain. If he's unable to go, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will handle the bulk of rushing duties against the Seahawks.
| Pierre Thomas ruled out -- Fri Jan 3 4:00 pm --|
Missed third straight practice Friday
|New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Friday. He missed his third straight practice Friday, the team's final workout before the playoff contest. (Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas injured his back/chest in Week 17 and his absence means increased work for Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram.