I’ve been a pretty big detractor of Mark Ingram over the last couple of years, probably due to the fact that he’s pretty much sucked for the most part since the Saints took him in the first round of the 2011 Draft. However, he seems to have turned the thing around a bit.
Through two games so far this season, the former Heisman winner has rushed for 143 yards and scored three touchdowns, and actually has looked like a capable contributor in the process. He averaged a gaudy 7.5 yards-per-tote against the Browns Sunday. Unfortunately, he’s going to have to wait a few weeks to contribute any more. According to ESPN, Ingram hurt his hand in that game and is expected to miss a few weeks.
Schefter says that Ingram may return to the team following their Week 6 bye. If that’s the case, then things get muddled a bit as far as fantasy goes. Pierre Thomas sees a lot of the field, but he’s only carried the ball a total of 10 times in the first two games. The other two backs on the roster are Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet, though Cadet is used almost exclusively as a return man.
You can surely expect Thomas to see more carries with Ingram on the shelf, but the main benefactor as far as fantasy goes here may be Robinson. He’s carried it 14 times for 59 yards with a TD so far this season, and the Saints have given him a few looks down near the goal-line. If nothing else, he’s the guy with the most touchdown potential without Ingram around. It’s hard to really love any of these backs since we don’t really know what their respective workloads will look like quite yet, but we’ll keep you updated if anything develops on that front.
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