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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.
| Ingram questionable with toe injury -- Fri Sep 20 5:00 pm --|
Missed practice all week
|Running back Mark Ingram (toe) is also questionable after missing practice all week. (Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: It's likely you'll see Ingram be inactive tomorrow. If that's the case Pierre Thomas would see an increased workload along with Darren Sproles. Thomas is a consideration for your flex position.
|Ingram being phased out? -- Thu Sep 19 2:45 pm --|
Could flip-flop with Pierre Thomas in coming weeks
|Heading into this season, it looked like the Saints were committed to giving Mark Ingram a chance to become more of a leading man in their three-man running-back rotation. But at this point, I don't think they'll be so stubborn in that attempt. The Saints began featuring Pierre Thomas more after Ingram's early struggles last week at Tampa Bay. I would expect a subtle flip-flop in the coming weeks, where Thomas becomes more of a 1A and Ingram a 1B, instead of vice versa. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Ingram is not a bad player nearly as much as he is a straight-line power back that has struggled to stay healthy in an offense that rewards more elusive runners like Thomas and Darren Sproles. It is unlikely that Ingram will lose his goal-line role anytime soon, but there is a distinct chance Thomas will start seeing more touches. Stay tuned.
| Ingram sits with injured toe -- Wed Sep 18 3:20 pm --|
New addition to injury report
|New Orleans Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans (hamstring), running back Mark Ingram (toe) and safety Roman Harper (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice session. Ingram, who participated in the stretching portion of practice before leaving, was a new addition to the injury report. (Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Pierre Thomas is the better back to own behind Darren Sproles in the Saints offense due to his receiving ability. Ingram is nothing more than a deep roster stash at this point.