| Running Back, New Orleans Saints
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|Draft: 2011 Round 1 (28)
Ht: 5’9” Wt: 215 DOB: 1989-12-21 Age: 26
|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.
|Spiller a good bet to remain on the roster? -- Mon Feb 1 7:25 pm --|
Will be cheaper to keep than to cut prior to June 1
|C.J. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Mark Ingram, Spiller, Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower among others on the roster, the expectation is the Saints will be able to "downsize" at running back this season. There is still much mystery as to why Spiller became such an afterthought in his first year in New Orleans. An injury-free offseason will be huge for Spiller, who could be a late-round fantasy value this summer if he is able to seize the Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role many thought he might earn last year.
|Tim Hightower to assume Ingram's role -- Sun Dec 13 10:12 am --|
Spiller's role to remain unchanged
|With the injury to #Saints RB Mark Ingram, I'm told to expect Tim Hightower to step in for him. CJ Spiller's workload likely to be unchanged (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Saints coaching staff trusts Hightower's ability in pass protection more than Spiller and as a result he's likely to see more reps on the field. Hightower is an RB2 against a decent Tampa Bay run defense.
| Cooks misses practice Thursday with concussion -- Thu Dec 10 5:40 pm --|
Injury likely suffered in Wednesday practice
|The New Orleans Saints might be heading into Tampa with a beaten and battered offense.
WR Brandin Cooks, who leads the Saints in all main receiving categories, missed practice Thursday due to a concussion, a new injury for the receiver. In addition, LT Terron Armstead (knee), RG Jahri Evans (ankle) and RT Zach Strief (shoulder) all missed practice due to injury. (The Advocate)|
FF Today's Take: The blog makes no mention of Willie Snead, who missed last week with a calf injury, or Mark Ingram, who was placed on IR on Wednesday. Cooks has virtually no shot at playing against the Bucs this weekend after suffering a mid-week concussion, meaning Ben Watson and Snead (if he can play) candidates for 10-plus targets. Especially after the loss of Ingram and (in all likelihood) Cooks, Tampa Bay is looking like a solid streaming D/ST option this week.
| Mark Ingram placed on IR -- Wed Dec 9 5:00 pm --|
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve.
Ingram reportedly injured his shoulder, and was not present during the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. He was officially placed on IR Wednesday afternoon.
FF Today's Take: The Saints worst fears were confirmed after tests on Mark Ingram's shoulder this afternoon. This marks the third straight season that Ingram has failed to stay healthy. The door is wide open for C.J. Spiller to become the lead back a what will probably become a RBBC with Tim Hightower also factoring into the mix. Both running backs are worth picking up with Spiller getting more value in PPR formats.
| Mark Ingram dealing with serious shoulder issue? -- Wed Dec 9 1:29 pm --|
Could be season-ending
|I'm told Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a serious shoulder injury. There is some fear it could be season ending. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: If true, this would be another huge blow to the fantasy running back position as Ingram has been a top five performer on the season. Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller are next up on the depth chart. It's difficult to imagine either one taking on Ingram's full workload. Some form of RBBC would likely take place.
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