Saints LT Terron Armstead suffered a torn shoulder labrum Wednesday that will require surgery. According to ESPN, he's expected to miss 4-6 months. The short end of that span would make Armstead available in mid-October, but it's tough to imagine his upper-body strength being ready for the rigors of NFL blocking right away. New Orleans will have to approach the season as though it won't have it's star LT. That's obviously a significant blow to Drew Brees' pass protection and a challenge for the Saints' running game. We're not downgrading their fantasy prospects at this point, because New Orleans has delivered big offensive numbers for so long under Brees and HC Sean Payton. But losing Armstead adds downside risk and could be a tie-breaker if you're weighing Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson against the next guy on your fantasy football draft list.
The New Orleans Time-Picayune's Larry Holder expects the Saints to deploy a "3-headed monster" in the backfield this season. He points to the team's 2009 and 2011 backfields as blueprints. In 2009, Mike Bell led the team with 172 carries but caught just 4 balls. Pierre Thomas was next in line with 147 carries and 39 catches. Reggie Bush carried 70 times and hauled in 47 passes. In 2011, Mark Ingram was the lead ball carrier with 122 totes. He caught just 11 passes. Thomas again contributed in both facets, with 110 carries and 50 catches. Ditto with Darren Sproles, who carried 87 times and caught 86 balls. Holder pegs rookie Alvin Kamara for the Bush/Sproles pass-catching role. That'd presumably leave Ingram as Pierre Thomas as Adrian Peterson as Mike Bell/Mark Ingram. The actual touch distribution won't precisely match either of those past backfields. But the takeaway is that all 3 guys could have significant roles. That'd turn it into a fantasy football headache.
The Saints added Alvin Kamara to the backfield with the 67th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kamara is a tough case to crack. He flashes elite burst and change-of-direction on tape and tested as an 83rd percentile athlete among RBs. But he totaled just 210 carries in 2 seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Alabama. His time at Tuscaloosa included a knee injury and a suspension for “behavioral reasons.” Kamara also suffered a sprained left LCL and meniscus this past year. He looks like a boom/bust prospect as a runner but should at least contribute in the passing game after totaling 74 catches for 683 yards (9.2 yards per catch) and 7 TDs over the last 2 years. That’ll be his only shot to make an impact in 2017 in a backfield with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Ingram is signed for just 2 more years, though, and Peterson is 32 years old. Kamara definitely has a shot to develop into the Saints’ lead back of the future, making him an intriguing dynasty pick.
The Saints and RB Adrian Peterson have agreed to terms. It's officially a 2-year, $7 million deal, but it'll play out like a 1-year contract with a team option for 2018. Peterson gets $3.5 million guaranteed this year, but none of the remaining $3.5 million is guaranteed for 2018. The contract -- and how long it took him to get 1 -- tells us how the league views AP at this point. He's a 32-year-old RB with over 2,600 career touches and a lengthy injury history. Saints insider Nick Underhill fully expects Mark Ingram to remain New Orleans' lead back, with Peterson as the backup. So he'll essentially be replacing Tim Hightower, who tallied 133 carries and 22 catches last year. Those 155 touches are a good initial projection for Peterson. He'll likely settle into RB3 range in our 2017 rankings -- albeit with TD upside. Ingram's stock takes a hit, but he could still average somewhere around the 14.6 carries per game he has over the past 3 seasons. And his pass-catching role should remain.
Saints RB Mark Ingram played through toe and knee injuries against the Bucs and saw just 8 touches (7 carries, 1 catch). Tim Hightower, meanwhile, matched him in targets (2) and saw just 1 fewer rush (6). Ingram managed just 14 yards on the ground and 9 more through the air. In such a messy backfield — and with the Saints offense in a funk — Ingram will be tough to sell as even an RB2 vs. Arizona.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He only put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Ingram “should be moving better.” Consider him a risk/reward RB2.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) will play against the Bucs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Should be moving better," Rapoport adds. Ingram is fine to get into Week 14 fantasy lineups.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is officially questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out in between. We’ve seen nothing to suggest that Ingram won’t play on Sunday, but he clearly won’t be at 100%. That leaves him as a risky RB2.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He only practiced on Friday this week and won’t be at 100%. But we haven’t heard that Ingram’s workload will be scaled back. He remains a solid fantasy starter with plenty of upside.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) will play against the Lions today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram only practiced on Friday and admitted that the toe was sore, so there's a bit more risk here than usual. But Ingram is still a nice fantasy starter in what should be another shootout in the Superdome. Tim Hightower will also remain involved and is a borderline RB2.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Lions. He returned to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. “It’s not nearly as bad as it once was,” Ingram said of his toe on Friday. “It’s just a little sore – it was a little sore. I’ve been getting treatment on it during the week. It felt good today. We’ll see.” You’ll need to check back on Ingram around noon ET on Sunday. He’ll be worth getting into fantasy lineups if active. Tim Hightower will become a RB1 if Ingram sits.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We assumed Wednesday was just a rest day, but now it looks like he's actually hurt. Check back tomorrow for another update. RB Tim Hightower would be in for a big workload if Ingram doesn't play vs. Detroit on Sunday.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He’s safe to get into fantasy lineups as a RB2 with upside.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) has received medical clearance and will play against the Rams today. He had taken back over as New Orleans' lead back before last week's head injury and is a better fantasy bet than RB Tim Hightower today. Check out where both guys sit in our Week 12 RB Rankings.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. He was limited in practice all week, so it looks like he still hasn't received full clearance. Rams-Saints kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we'll know Ingram's status by noon. If active, he'll be a RB2 as the likely leader of New Orleans' backfield committee. If not, RB Tim Hightower will dominate touches.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) will practice on Wednesday, HC Sean Payton said. That tentatively puts Ingram on track to play against the Rams this weekend, but we'll need to continue tracking his progress over the next few days.
Saints RB Mark Ingram sustained a concussion in Thursday night's loss to the Panthers. It's the 1st known concussion of his pro career, and he'll have an extra few days to get cleared ahead of next weekend's game vs. the Rams. If he can't, Tim Hightower will operate as New Orleans' lead back.
ESPN's Britt McHenry reports that the Saints will go with a "committee approach" in their backfield going forward. RB Tim Hightower "earned more carries" with his 26-102 rushing line vs. the Seahawks. That, of course, came after RB Mark Ingram was benched for his 2nd fumble in as many weeks. It at least sounds like New Orleans will go back to Ingram, who remains the superior fantasy play for now. But his leash will be short. The good news is that the Saints draw the 49ers' 31st-ranked RB defense in Week 9.
Saints RB Mark Ingram coughed up a 1st-quarter fumble on Sunday that Seahawks S Earl Thomas took the other way for a TD. Ingram didn't get back on the field the rest of the game. It was his 2nd fumble in the last 2 quarters -- but also the 1st time in his career that he's lost 2 fumbles in a season. HC Sean Payton seemed to deflect criticism away from Ingram afterward. "Those guys do as good a job [ripping the ball loose] as anyone," Payton said of the Seahawks defense. "He wasn’t carrying it loose. They were just able to pull it free. So we’ll be back to work with him. He knows that. He’ll grind through it, we’ll go through some ball-security situations, like we do each week, but that’ll be that much more important." RB Tim Hightower played well in relief of Ingram on Sunday, taking 26 carries for 102 yards. We're guessing that the Saints will go back to Ingram as their lead back next weekend vs. the 49ers, but we might not know for sure until kickoff. And Ingram will certainly be on a short leash. He'll make for a high-risk, high-reward Week 9 fantasy play.
The Saints have re-signed RB Tim Hightower, according to insider Katherine Terrell. Out of the league from 2012 to 2014, Hightower earned a roster spot with the Saints last year and came up big with RB Mark Ingram out late in the year. He racked up 327 rushing yards, 129 receiving yards and 4 total TDs over the season's final 4 games. Hightower isn't a threat to Ingram's starting job in 2016, but he'd turn into a fantasy asset if Ingram goes down again.
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