The Ravens have signed RB Mark Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Ingram is 29 now but has remained effective. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last year and ranked 15th among 66 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a RB's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Ingram's new supporting cast obviously isn't as good as it was in New Orleans, but his fantasy stock gets a significant boost with this move. After averaging just 11.5 carries per game last year, Ingram could see 15+ per game in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. Gus Edwards averaged 16.3 over the final 8 contests last year.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints have agreed to a 4-year, $14.4 million deal with RB Latavius Murray. That positions him as the replacement for Mark Ingram, who will also hit unrestricted free agency Wednesday. Murray sports a similar skill set and should present a fantasy outlook similar to Ingram's. Of course, Ingram's inconsistent workload was the frustrating thing for fantasy owners. As long as his ADP remains modest, however, Murray will make sense as an RB3 or even an RB4 in fantasy football drafts.
Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater will start this weekend's finale against the Panthers, HC Sean Payton said Friday. So QB Drew Brees will get the day off. We'd expect the same for RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and WR Michael Thomas. Dwayne Washington figures to serve as New Orleans' lead back vs. Carolina, with Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr handling most of the WR duties. It's unclear how much WR Ted Ginn will play after returning last week.
Saints RB Mark Ingram has been suspended 4 games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Entering a contract year, Ingram now won’t debut until Week 5 vs. Washington. Alvin Kamara’s clearly the winner here, but we’ll see how much more of a rushing role the Saints hand him. As a rookie, he tallied 81 catches but never topped 12 carries in a game. Either way, he’ll bring a ton of upside in all formats. Meanwhile, Jonathan Williams projects as the new #2, although he’ll surely face competition. New Orleans spent a 6th rounder on Louisiana Tech RB Boston Scott.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Falcons. ESPN's Dianna Russini reported earlier today that Ingram's toe is "not a big issue." He belongs locked into season-long fantasy lineups.
ESPN's Dianna Russini hears that Saints RB Mark Ingram's toe is "not a big issue." It's sounds like Ingram's missed practices on Tuesday and Wednesday were more about the short week than the toe. Keep him locked into fantasy lineups for tonight's game against the Falcons.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is expected to play against the Falcons tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We don't know much about the toe injury, but Ingram didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it seems like a real issue. There's added risk this week, but fantasy football's #4 RB needs to be in starting lineups if active. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET tonight.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. He didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it looks like his status is legitimately in question. The good news is that we'll know his official status by 7 pm ET tomorrow. If active, Ingram will remain a must-start in season-long leagues -- albeit with more risk than usual.
ESPN's Mike Triplett calls Mark Ingram the "most impressive" RB in Saints camp so far. He's looked especially good in the passing game. Triplett projects Ingram to lead a backfield that also includes Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara in both snaps and total yards. The crowded backfield caps his upside a bit, but Ingram is still plenty capable of beating his recent RB24 price tag.
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.
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