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Saints RB Mark Ingram's 23-yard receiving TD in last weekend's preseason game was the first receiving score of his NFL career.  Ingram expects more.  "I want to be involved in the pass game, run game, picking up pass pro. I want to be the most versatile player I can be," he said.  "I know I'm an all-purpose back, a complete back. I can do everything."  Ingram played WR in high school and caught 53 balls in his final 2 college seasons.  Playing in an offense with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, he's totaled just 24 receptions through 3 NFL seasons.  With Sproles gone, Ingram is easily capable of surpassing his career high of 11 in 2014.  Don't expect him to become a PPR dynamo, but an increased pass-catching role is another reason to like Ingram as a value pick at his 14th-round ADP.

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2 weeks ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram started his contract year wonderfully against the Rams on Friday night.  Ingram got the start and took his 8 carries for 83 yards and a TD.  That included a pair of 22-yard runs, the 2nd of which put him in the end zone after a nice cutback and some powerful running through the last couple of tackle attempts.  Ingram faces arguably his best opportunity to date, with Khiry Robinson working behind him early and HC Sean Payton stating that he wants to run the ball more.  Ingram presents nice value outside the top 50 RBs in MyFantasyLeague.com ADP.

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Saints insider Mike Triplett expects RBs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson to share the "traditional" RB work "pretty evenly" this season.  That'd be the early-down carries and red-zone work, with RB Pierre Thomas handling the majority of the pass-catching responsibilities.  Ingram and Robinson's "stats could look awfully similar by year's end," Triplett adds.  Ingram has the 1st-round pedigree and averaged a career-best 4.9 yards per carry last year.  Robinson was an undrafted free agent but flashed by racking up 152 yards on 33 totes (4.6 YPC) in New Orleans' final 3 games.  In a committee attack, though, both guys will struggle for reliable weekly 2014 fantasy value.  They both sit outside the top 40 in our RB Rankings.

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The Saints backfield got a bit less crowded with the anticipated trade or release of Darren Sproles.  Pierre Thomas might be following him out the door.  It means that Mark Ingram is likely in for a bigger role in 2014.  "It's an exciting time in my career," Ingram said. "I just want to take advantage of my situation and the opportunity that's presenting itself. Just want to prove to the organization that I can be the back they wanted, an every-down back, type of playmaker that they need.  I'm excited about my situation. It's unfortunate to see a lot of guys go, but I'm excited about my opportunity that I have coming up." The former 1st-rounder has been a disappointment through 3 seasons, totaling just 1,462 rushing yards on a 4.1 per-carry average.  It's worth noting, though, that Ingram recorded a career-best 4.9 yards per carry in 2013.  And he ripped off 249 yards on 44 carries (5.7 YPC) in New Orleans' final 4 games (including the playoffs).  Perhaps Ingram has finally turned the corner.  We're especially curious to see if he takes on a bigger pass-catching role in 2014.  Ingram has just 24 catches over the past 3 seasons but did catch 53 balls in his final 2 years at Alabama.

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10 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram is not listed on the Week 9 injury report and will play against the Jets on Sunday.  He's been sidelined by a bum toe since Week 2.  Ingram isn't a fantasy option, but his return will put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas' workload.

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10 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills.  RB Pierre Thomas is a good bet for another 12+ touches.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram told ESPN's Mike Triplett that he feels like he's "finally getting over the hump" with his injured toe.  He said after Friday's practice that his injured toe feels better than it has at any point since he hurt it in Week 2 against the Bucs.  Of course, Ingram continued to disappoint even before the injury.  We'll see how soon he's actually ready to return and how he performs once he does.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills.  He returned to a limited practice on Friday and seems to have a shot to play this week.  Ingram isn't a fantasy option, but his return would put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas' upside.

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Saints insider Mike Triplett believes RB Mark Ingram suffered a setback in his return from a toe injury.  Ingram put in limited practices over the bye week, but he's yet to get on the field this week.  Ingram has been out since Week 2 and has no timetable for return.  He has no place on redraft fantasy rosters.

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10 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive for today's game against the Patriots.  He returned to practice this week but isn't ready for game action yet.  It's good news for RB Pierre Thomas, who should see 12+ touches today.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) put in a limited week of practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.  Ingram isn’t a fantasy factor, but his return would put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas’ outlook.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.  The 1st round bust hasn’t played since Week 2 and remains far off the fantasy radar.  Leave him on the waiver wire.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) has been ruled out for this weekend’s game against the Bears.  Khiry Robinson led the backfield with 12 carries in Ingram’s absence last week.  Pierre Thomas carried just 4 times but did catch 5 balls.  PT is a fine RB2 in PPR leagues but just a RB3 or flex in non-PPR.  Robinson is just a flier.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) remained sidelined in Wednesday's practice.  It looks like he's dealing with a serious case of turf toe.  Consider Ingram week-to-week.  Pierre Thomas and rookie Khiry Robinson will continue to share backfield duties against the Bears on Sunday.

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11 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram is inactive for the 2nd straight week as he deals with a toe injury.  That's obviously good news once again for RB Pierre Thomas.  The Saints barely gave Thomas any 1st-half work against the Cardinals in Week 3, and he finished with a lackluster rushing day.  Thomas carries upside tonight, however, against a Dolphins D that let Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling combine for about 4.8 yards per carry on 29 attempts last week.

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11 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) was once again held out of practice on Friday.  He's unlikely to play against the Dolphins on Monday night, giving Pierre Thomas RB2 upside.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) did not practice on Thursday.  His status for Monday night's game against the Dolphins is uncertain, but Ingram isn't a fantasy option regardless.

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