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|If not for hand and knee injuries, Mark Ingram would have likely finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in 2014. That is why the team inked him to a new four-year deal, despite the fact he failed to produce in the first three years of his career. With little competition for carries and a team hoping to lean on a more effective rushing game, Ingram provides plenty of RB2 upside despite being an injury risk. His YPC has always been strong and he should be able to build upon last season’s 4.3 YPC mark if the team commits to one primary rusher. Unlike many other NFL backfields, Ingram shouldn’t lose many touches to other runners, especially near the goal line. C.J. Spiller is a capable second-string runner, but he will complement Ingram more than he competes with him for touches in this offense. Further down the depth chart, Khiry Robinson adds even more pressure and motivation for Ingram to match or exceed his totals from a year ago in the first year of his new deal. He also has the ability to pad his stats with a couple of catches per game, but he may not be asked to do as much this season with Spiller in the fold.
|Payton: Saints will be creative with Spiller|
Signed to four-year, $16 M contract in March
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 4, 5:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.