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Saints RB Mark Ingram has been "featured" in the passing game during training camp, per insider Mike Triplett.  The former 1st-rounder totaled just 24 catches across his first 3 seasons before posting a career-high 29 grabs for 145 yards this past year.  We're projecting Ingram's reception total to drop in 2015 with the arrival of RB C.J. Spiller.  But any missed time for Spiller -- he's already recovering from a knee surgery -- could thrust Ingram into a bigger pass-catching role.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.  Spiller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, per Schefter.  Injuries have been a problem for Spiller throughout his first 5 NFL seasons, but he's actually never had a significant knee issue.  Still, the missed time isn't good news for a guy trying to settle into a new offense.  We'll track his recovery over the next month, but Spiller will probably end up as a risky early-season fantasy play.  If he's not ready by Week 1, it'd likely mean a bigger role for RB Khiry Robinson behind starter Mark Ingram.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot, ankle) is back on the field this week.  He sat out the past 2 weeks, but the foot/ankle issue never seemed serious.  Ingram is coming off a top-15 fantasy season and will again serve as New Orleans' primary early-down back in 2015.  Consider him a mid-range RB2 across formats.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram has missed the last week of OTAs with a foot/ankle issue.  HC Sean Payton described it as "minor" and said the team is just being smart this early in the offseason.  “We’ve just sat him,” Payton said. “There’s nothing significant."  It doesn't sound like a concern for Ingram's 2015 fantasy outlook, but we'll continue to monitor his status.  He's missed 14 games over 4 NFL seasons with toe, heel and hand injuries.

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The Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller. The former Buffalo Bill appeared in just 9 games last year due to a broken collarbone. He proved ineffective when healthy, mustering only 3.8 YPC on 78 attempts. Buffalo drew criticism for their handling of Spiller, often utilizing his smallish frame between the tackles. But we’d expect more efficient usage with the Saints. Look for HC Sean Payton to hand Spiller the role left behind by Pierre Thomas. Over the past 4 years, Thomas averaged 53 catches per game. While Mark Ingram should continue to dominate the early-down work, Spiller's reception upside allows for RB2 (PPR) value. The departure of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills certainly help raise Spiller's target floor.

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RB Mark Ingram is staying in New Orleans after signing a 4-year deal worth $16 million. The former 1st round pick enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, posting 964 yards on 226 carries (4.3 YPC) and 9 TDs. Those numbers surfaced despite 3 missed games due to a broken hand. Ingram doesn’t turn 26 until December, so he could stick on the RB1 radar over the long-term. He’ll certainly retain double-digit TD upside while playing alongside Drew Brees.

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Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. Look for him to carry a handful of times in relief of Mark Ingram. Robinson would be a desperation fantasy play; Ingram remains a strong fantasy starter.

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Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He figures to see just a handful of carries behind Mark Ingram in his 1st action since Week 7.

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Saints HC Sean Payton expects to get RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) back for Week 14.  He's missed the past 6 games but was averaging a robust 5.2 yards per carry before going down.  Of course, Mark Ingram has flourished as New Orleans' feature back with Robinson out.  Insider Mike Triplett expects the Saints to "ease Robinson back into the mix."  Look for something like 5-8 carries this weekend.  Ingram remains a strong fantasy start against a Panthers team he ran over for 100 yards and 2 scores a few weeks ago.

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Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Monday night's game against the Ravens.  He put in 3 limited practices this week and is set to return to his pass-catching role.  Consider Thomas a risky RB3 or flex in PPR leagues in his 1st game since Week 7.  RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) is out again.  He still hasn't returned to practice and has no timetable for return.  RB Mark Ingram will remain New Orleans' clear lead ball carrier against Baltimore.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) are both out for Week 11. That means another big workload for RB Mark Ingram against a Bengals defense allowing 4.5 yards per carry. Fire him up as a high-end RB1.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  Neither player seems likely to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals.  That'll mean another big workload for RB Mark Ingram vs. the league's 29th-ranked RB defense.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) are out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. That means another big ball-carrying role for RB Mark Ingram. He’s a strong fantasy play, especially with 49ers LB Patrick Willis likely out. RB Travaris Cadet will continue to play in passing situations but is only a low-end play in PPR leagues.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  Neither looks like a strong bet to return for this weekend's game against the 49ers.  That'll mean another big ball-carrying role for RB Mark Ingram and a significant passing-down role for RB Travaris Cadet.

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