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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.
| Khiry Robinson done for the season -- Mon Nov 2 3:25 pm --|
|New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton announced Monday that RB Khiry Robinson had surgery on a tibia fracture Sunday night. Robinson was carted from the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 52-49 win over the New York Giants.
Robinson's injury leaves the Saints with starter Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and rookie Marcus Murphy in the backfield. Payton didn't give an indication as to how the Saints plan to adjust the running back rotation sans Robinson, who averaged 18.1 snaps per game prior to Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Ingram has only topped 20 carries once this season, but that could change now since he is the only established between-the-tackles runner the Saints have left on the roster. New Orleans has been reluctant to boost Spiller's snaps this season - reportedly because he isn't as immersed into the playbook as the team would like - but Robinson's departure might force Payton's hand. Undrafted rookie free agent Marcus Murphy could be in the line for touches going forward.
| Drew Brees to test shoulder today -- Tue Sep 29 9:35 am --|
Saints QB will throw for first time since Friday
|Ed Werder reports on Twitter that Drew Brees plans to test his injured shoulder today, the first time since Friday he's thrown a football. (Ed Werder (Twitter))|
FF Today's Take: As of right now, Brees isn't a great fantasy option for a team that's struggling to get its passing game clicking. Mark Ingram remains a solid RB2 and Khiry Robinson/C.J. Spiller are deep flex options, but most of the receivers will need Brees to be healthy to realize their full potential.
| Spiller shaping up to be a game-time decision -- Thu Sep 17 6:25 pm --|
Continuing to make his way back from August knee surgery
|C.J. Spiller missed the first week of the regular season as he continues to make his way back from August knee surgery, but things are looking a bit better for this week. Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Spiller is doing well and that he doesn’t think there will be any issues getting him ready to play despite his recent inactivity. Spiller said that he feels good, but neither man was willing to say whether Spiller would be in the lineup against Tampa Bay. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Despite his absence last week, Spiller's owners had to be thrilled with just how involved Saints' running backs were in the passing game against Arizona as Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson combined for 13 catches and 149 yards receiving. The ex-Buffalo Bill's upside in PPR leagues is enormous in this offense. Even if he is limited or sits out in Week 2, he is still a very good bet for 100-plus carries and 70-80 receptions.