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1 month ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) is active for today’s game against the Lions. In his 1st action since Week 2 and in a tough matchup, consider Ingram a RB3 or flex option.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He said early in the week that he’ll be a “full go.” There’s still plenty of risk here in his first action since Week 2, though. And Detroit is allowing just 3.2 yards per carry to RBs. Consider Ingram a RB3 or flex option for Week 7.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) practiced on Wednesday and declared himself a "full go" for this weekend's game against the Lions.  "I’ve been getting all the (usual amount of) reps in practice,” he said. “I’ve been doing everything, catching, running, blocking. So whatever’s asked of me, I’m ready to do it.”  Ingram was red-hot before going down, averaging 6.0 yards per carry and scoring 3 times in 2 games.  He could produce as a RB2 the rest of the way.  But he's a risky Week 7 fantasy starter.  The injured hand could still be a factor, we don't know exactly how the backfield touches will be divvied, and the Lions are allowing just 3.2 yards per carry to RBs.

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2 months ago

Saints HC Sean Payton revealed on Wednesday that RB Mark Ingram's broken hand is still in a cast.  He suffered the injury about 3-and-a-half weeks ago.  Payton said that "there's a chance" that Ingram returns for Week 7, but he'd do so with a padded cast on the hand.  “With the fracture that he had, which is right where the thumb and the hand kind of go together, you gradually just reduce what he’s having to wear," Payton explained. "And he’s probably, I would say three or four weeks away from not having to wear anything."  Consider Ingram 50-50 to play in Week 7.  And we'll have to see how the hand issue impacts his game.  RB Khiry Robinson is worth hanging on to for now.

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3 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram underwent surgery on his fractured hand on Wednesday.  He had 2 screws inserted above his thumb, according to insider Evan Woodbery.  HC Sean Payton said he doesn't expect to be without Ingram "long term."  The estimated timetable is about a month.  It's worth noting that Ingram is in a contract year, so he might push to get on the field sooner.  New Orleans has a Week 6 bye, though, so Week 7 seems like a good time to bring him back.  We'd hang on to Ingram in fantasy if possible.  He's averaging 6.0 yards per carry with 3 TDs through 2 games.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to miss about a month after suffering a hand injury in Cleveland on Sunday.  Ingram, of course, has continued the impressive play he flashed in the preseason averaging 6 yards per carry and scoring 3 TDs through the 1st 2 weeks.  He also drew 4 targets and caught 3 passes against the Browns.  His absence obviously adds upside to both RB Pierre Thomas and RB Khiry Robinson.  Look for the Saints on whole to bounce back at home in a Week 3 matchup with the Vikings.  Ingram owners should hang on to him for now, unless your league is too shallow to allow for such a roster stash.

Update: Ingram has a broken hand, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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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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4 months 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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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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