Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:34pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quadricep, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 9. Ellington may be able to return this week. If so, he’ll likely play on passing downs while Adrian Peterson handles most of the team’s carries.
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:20pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quadricep) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Ellington may be able to return this week. If so, he’ll likely play on passing downs while Adrian Peterson handles most of the team’s carries.
However, there is one thing that could block Ingram’s path to redemption. Or, rather, one rookie running back Payton also has developed a love and trust in: Alvin Kamara.
Kamara finished out the game after Ingram fumbled twice in the fourth quarter. But the story said Payton knows he's going to need Ingram if the Saints are going to make a playoff run. However, one more thing the story pointed out was how Ingram's two fumbles in last year's loss to Kansas City opened the door for more work for Tim Hightower over the next few weeks before Ingram eventually re-established himself as the lead man.
Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:56pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quadricep, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 7. Since the game is in London, Arizona plays in the early round of games on Sunday. If Ellington is out, Adrian Peterson and Kerwynn Williams may get his passing game work.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:55pm
This is good news for Andre Ellington, who is used more in the passing game. This season, Ellington has caught 35+ yards in 4-of-5 games and has averaged 7.6 receptions and 70 yards receiving his last three games. In a somewhat difficult matchup versus the Bucs this week, we have Ellington ranked as our No. 21 PPR back. Feel confident starting him as your RB2/Flex option in PPR leagues.
Clearly the Saints decided that they didn’t have much use for RB Adrian Peterson since they preferred the more versatile duo of veteran Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and wanted to get both of them on the field as much as possible.
Sean Payton hinted recently that the Saints might not have signed Peterson if they had known they were going to draft Kamara in the third round -- or, at least, that the vision for Peterson wouldn’t have been the same.
As the story said, it's overstating things, but Kamara's bust-out game in Week 4 in London certainly helped things along. Ingram and Kamara will see more snaps as a result of Peterson leaving, but keep in mind Peterson wasn't getting a lot of time anyway.
Chris Johnson was subsequently released, so Peterson should slide right into the Arizona RB1 role and get the 10-15 carries that he's been asking for from the Saints. The Cardinals have really struggled to run the ball (2.6 YPC, 52 rushing yards per game, both lowest in the league), and there's no guarantee that Peterson will be able to turn that around since he has averaged just 2.4 YPC in his last 64 carries with the Vikings and Saints. He's not a pass-catcher, so Andre Ellington's fantasy value should remain unchanged. As for the Saints, the move creates more opportunity for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who should split Peterson's workload, such that it was.
"We just have to keep on chipping and you keep grinding, keep getting after something and ultimately something positive is going to come out of this."
Mark Ingram leads the Saints in attempts (42) and rushing yards (170), while rookie Alvin Kamara leads the team in targets (28), receptions (20), and receiving yards (147) at the running back position. Kamara is also the only Saints RB to score a touchdown (has one rushing and one receiving). Peterson has recorded a measly 85 total yards on a combined 29 touches for a yards-per-touch average of 2.9. He's averaging a team-worst 17% of the snaps at RB and played a season-low 6 snaps last week. Until Peterson does something worthwhile on the field, he should remain on your bench. That breakout Thomas envisions may never come.
Winning has helped wash the taste down a little. But it hasn't led to any more carries for Adrian Peterson, who admitted Sunday that it has been "rough" for him to handle his ever-shrinking role in the New Orleans Saints' backfield.
Peterson had only four carries for 4 yards in New Orleans' 20-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins in London.
"I haven't adjusted yet, but we're winning," said Peterson, who has only 81 yards on 27 carries through four games this year and two catches for 4 yards, without a touchdown.
With the Saints being a pass-heavy offense, it seems obvious they trust Ingram and Kamara to be on the field to keep defenses on their toes as far as what's coming next. The Fox broadcast mentioned several times the "man crush" HC Sean Payton has on Kamara, who caught 10 passes and also ran the ball five times.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:53pm
Saints RB Adrian Peterson (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Peterson “tweaked his knee” per Ian Rapoport, but the Saints aren’t listing it as a knee injury on the injury report.
The story said it's anyone's guess how the team will use Ingram and Peterson. For now, we think AP could have a Tim Hightower-like role from a year ago.
"There's some traits that Kamara has that remind me (of Faulk) in regards to his intelligence, his ability to run routes," Payton said. "It was real evident in the first half hour of how smart (Kamara) was. He was in with the quarterbacks, he understood schemes, he understood route reads, concepts. And even on the field, it was impressive. It would be something that would be difficult to know if you were just looking at a test."
Tavaris Cadet held down this role in recent seasons but was not nearly as fantasy relevant as when Darren Sproles held the role. Cadet only averaged 6.3 PPR fantasy points per game, playing 23 percent of snaps in 2016. However, that was due to Cadet's lack of involvement in the rushing game (four carries all season). Cadet's caught 40 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. If Kamara can make an immediate impact in the Saints nickel offense, it could eat into Mark Ingram's receiving production, after catching 96 balls over the past two years. It wasn't so long ago that Sproles had three consecutive seasons with 70+ receptions in this role.
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