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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.
|Pierre Thomas gets 2-year extension -- Wed Mar 12 11:30 am --|
Saints keep leading running back in the mix
|Pierre Thomas' extension keeps the running back under contract with the Saints through 2016, Smith said. Thomas initially was thought to possibly become a salary cap casualty, as his cap number for 2014 would have been $2.9 million, or trade bait.
FF Today's Take: The biggest benefit for the Saints is the fact that Thomas' cap number for this season is reduced. Thomas led the Saints in rushing with only 549 yards but also had 77 receptions for 513 yards and 5 total TDs. He will compete with Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram for touches in 2014.