by Mike Tagliere | Saints Correspondent | Tue, May 8th 4:12pm EDT
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
This is huge news that is likely to push Alvin Kamara to the top of the first-round in fantasy drafts, while Ingram himself should fall into the middle rounds. The suspension has been looming and the Saints were apparently preparing for the suspension to be handed down, though they didn't add a running back of significance, meaning they believe that Kamara can shoulder the load. While Kamara obviously gets a boost, it's also an underrated boost to Drew Brees' value in fantasy drafts, as Kamara is better as a receiver than he is an early-down back.
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Ingram will appeal this suspension, but we need to simply treat this thinking he serves the full four games. I'd say this pushes Ingram down to around the sixth round in drafts, after rookies Guice and Penny, and near other vets with workload questions, like Lamar Miller or Dion Lewis. It will be tough to draft him there, since a four-game suspension means he plays one game in the first six weeks. Yikes. Seems like an obvious buy-low in-season if the drafter is struggling.
With the surprise news coming out regarding Mark Ingram's suspension Alvin Kamara needs to be moved up draft boards. Already in the first round conversation Ingram's ban has solidified Kamara as a top five option at running back and should propel him to at least 1,000 yards on the ground. With the Saints claiming they knew about the suspension possibility prior to the draft and that they will not be adding a street agent former Bill Jonathan Williams is the favorite to spell Kamara until week 5
If Alvin Kamara wasn't already a first-rounder, then he definitely is now. In PPR leagues, Kamara's value is sky high. Ingram will fall in drafts, possibly making him a steal in later rounds. I would also venture to say that Drew Brees should take a notch up in QB ranks because of the amount of passes that Alvin Kamara will be catching out of the backfield. This could make Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara the most formidable duo in the league for touchdown value.