Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
I need to start by saying I’m sorry to Mark Ingram. I have bashed his fantasy worthiness into the ground for the past couple of seasons and I might be changing my tune. But I said, might be. See what I did there, gave myself an out!
Lets just forget about his 2012 start where he never ran for more than 3.3 YPC in any game through October. After that is where we can get a glimpse into what Ingram can bring to fantasy owners. From that point forward, he looked like a new man. Someone that actually had something to prove and someone who looked like he could play in the NFL. To that point, he had been consistently outplayed by Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Christopher Ivory. But in those last couple of months, he averaged over 6.0 YPC twice and over 5.0 four times.
What Ingram needs to be a truly useful back in 2013 is for his defense to make a serious turnaround. And with newly acquired defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan in town, hopefully for his sake they will do just that. Don’t get insane and think Ryan will all of a sudden make them a top 10 defense but they shouldn’t be as bad as they were in 2012. Which means in turn, Mark Ingram should get more opportunities to carry the rock. Because when the Saints fall behind, they turn to Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas and leave Mark on the bench. Ingram isn’t a pass catching threat and should be treated as such in PPR leagues. In leagues where you would get any points for receptions, Ingram is a lock to drop at least 10 spots from the standard scoring draft kit. In the past two seasons, he’s only caught 16 balls with an average of less than 5 yards per catch.