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Sunday, August 14, 2016, 4:47pm
The New Orleans Saints are known for their high-powered passing attack. But their running back corps is the deepest it's been in years.
The Saints are six deep at the position, meaning one or more talented players are probably going to be released when the Saints get around to making cuts.
Mark Ingram is the clear bell cow. Behind him, the Saints have a variety of role players. Veterans C.J. Spiller and Travaris Cadet and emerging second-year man Marcus Murphy are competing for the satellite back role in the nickel and two-minute offense. Tim Hightower might be the best pure runner on the roster. And versatile rookie Daniel Lasco is a jack-of-all-trades type.
Sheldon Rankins: Saints Training Camp, Aug. 14, 2016
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (99) lays out for a hit during Saints training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on Sunday, August 14, 2016. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune)
Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune
The group features a little something for everyone the story said. At this point, it's too early to say which way the Saints will go. Injury and attrition could solve the problem before final cuts. But if everything remains the same, the Saints are going to have a difficult decision to make at running back. This is only speculation on our part, but Cadet, Spiller and Murphy seem to be the same type of back and it's likely the team won't keep all three. Hightower would seem to be a lock as a reliable backup to Ingram, proving that last year.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 12:14pm
Mark Ingram rushed for 769 yards and six touchdowns on 166 carries over 12 games for the Saints last season. He also caught a career-high 50 passes for 405 yards after having caught just 53 passes in his four seasons prior. That production led to Ingram finishing as fantasy's RB15, and if he retains his role in the Saints' passing game, he'll have appeal as a low-end RB1 in 2016. It's unlikely Ingram will face fierce competition from C.J. Spiller, who reportedly is still behind Tim Hightower in the Saints running back rotation. Thus, Sean Payton could be forced to lean on Ingram yet again in 2016.
The biggest threat to Ingram's fantasy potential is his inability to stay healthy. He was having a solid 2015 season before suffering an AC sprain during a Week 10 game against the Redskins. He suffered the same injury in a December matchup with the Panthers and landed on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Ingram should be healthy for training camp, but he has played in all 16 games just once in his career.
2016 Bottom Line
Health is always a concern with Ingram, who will likely miss a game or two based on his injury history. But he proved he can be effective in the passing game and is a good bet for 900-950 rushing yards and 7-10 touchdowns, while adding 45-50 receptions for 350-400 receiving yards and another 3-5 scores. Ingram currently ranks as our RB8, and is a value at his current third-round ADP.
2016 Strength of Schedule - NO
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||13.83||64.08||0.50||0.08||4.63||4.17||33.75||0||5.00||8.10||44.58/71.33||62.70% |