Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram

RB - NO
Height: 5' 9"Weight: 215 lbsAge: 28College: AlabamaDrafted: #28 (1st Rd. by New Orleans)

Week 3 Outlook

NO @ CAR
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Week Rank (ECR) RB #28
Projection 8.2 pts

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Ingram has been effective this year, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and totaling nine receptions over his first two games. He's essentially in a time share with both Alvin Kamara and Adrian Peterson, as Ingram saw 36 snaps as compared to 32 combined for Kamara and Peterson last week against the Patriots. But Ingram was able to excel last season in a timeshare, and should be able to do so again this season. The Panthers defense has been solid so far this season, albeit in two soft matchups against the Bills and 49ers, but they've yet to be tested. Expect Ingram to have his usual involvement, which should be enough for high-end RB3 production.

The Saints backfield is a mess right now and it seems there is no clarity coming any time soon. Ingram played the most snaps among the running backs, but the split was 36 for Ingram and 32 for the combination of Alvin Kamara and Adrian Peterson. The Panthers front-seven allowed just 3.8 YPC last season and are coming off a game in which they held LeSean McCoy to nine yards on 12 carries. Ingram will always have a shot to score in a high-scoring offense, but we don't even know if he'll get goal-line carries at this point.

Ingram has a tough road to haul this week against a Panthers D that is second against fantasy running backs and he is stuck in a RBBC. He is a low-upside flex option.

He had a career year in most categories, but he won't get enough touches to be a RB1. "Mark Ingram fantastic job of setting up blocks on screen pass. Has really developed as pass catcher in recent years." https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/891687370151669760 While this clip may not be jaw dropping, it is a perfect example of why he should be considered the most complete back on the Saints roster.

The Saints did add Adrian Peterson, but even last season with Hightower, the Saints were still able to support two solid fantasy running backs. Ingram should be started nearly every week even if he doesn't end up the head dog in the running back committee, and should AP go down, we are looking at a probable RB1.