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|The Saints traded back into the first round of the 2011 draft in order to select Ingram, the top rated running back in that year’s draft. While big things were expected of him, knee and turf toe injuries limited his effectiveness as a rookie and caused him to miss six games. With just 474 rushing yards and five touchdowns, Ingram was a disappointment as he struggled to show much explosiveness. Off-season knee surgery and a crowded Saints backfield cloud his fantasy outlook for 2012. The biggest issue is whether Ingram is really as mediocre as he looked last season or whether injuries hampered his ability to show his true ability as a runner. While no one is predicting a breakout season, you could make the argument that he ranks as a worthy RB3 with upside provided he can stay healthy and become the Saints full time short yardage option, a role he shared with Pierre Thomas last season. Don’t reach for Ingram hoping he becomes a bell cow runner in the Saints explosive offense. However, he looks good as a lower end RB3 in standard scoring leagues. Knock him down further in PPR formats since he showed little ability as a pass catcher as a rookie and the Saints have one of the league’s top receiving backs in Darren Sproles.
|Payton: Saints will be creative with Spiller -- Thu Jun 4 5:00 pm --|
Signed to four-year, $16 M contract in March
|Following Thursday's OTA practice, coach Sean Payton reemphasized that the Saints will attempt to devise ways to get C.J. Spiller the ball "in space":
"He's got a unique skill set. He has good speed, he understands what to do in the passing game (and) he'll provide versatility. He can do a handful of things pretty well. It's up to us to find ways to get him the ball in space." (neworleanssaints.com)|
FF Today's Take: With Payton's creativity and Mark Ingram's injury history, Spiller represents a huge upside pick after disappointing fantasy owners for most of his five years in Buffalo. Spiller is essentially a bigger version of Darren Sproles and should thrive in that role - even if New Orleans is more run-heavy than usual this year - making him a good bet to outperform his current ADP of 4.11 in PPR formats. Ingram should lead the team in carries, but it should come as no surprise if Spiller paces the team in touches.