Mark Ingram Fantasy News
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26pm
Saints HC Sean Payton suggested that third-year pro RB Travaris Cadet could take on "a little more of that role" that runner/receiver Darren Sproles has played in the Saints' offense over the past three years.
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Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am
But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.
"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.
"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."
The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.
The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.
Eagles trade for Darren Sproles
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:23am
Running back Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, will be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The thought of Sproles playing for Chip Kelly is intriguing, but snaps will be an issue playing behind LeSean McCoy. Sproles spent a good amount of time in the slot while in New Orleans, so he and McCoy could play together if Kelly decides to go that route. He'll still be a factor in PPR leagues, though his days of being a PPR RB1 are probably behind him. In New Orleans, the Saints will run with a trio of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but Travaris Cadet could become a poor man's Darren Sproles in Sean Peyton's offense.
Saints sign Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:47am
Thomas racked up 224 touches for 1,062 yards and five TDs as the lead back in the 2013 version of the Saints’ committee at running back. With Darren Sproles (and his 71 receptions) likely to be moved via trade, Thomas’s catches aren’t likely to take much of a hit. The team has shown signs of moving to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson more in the running game, so PT is not likely to push 150 carries again in 2014. Still, he’ll be a regular part of the rotation in a potent offense and should be a good value in the later rounds. In PPR formats, he has finished in the top 30 in PPG in five of the last six seasons.
Mark Ingram preparing for bigger role in 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:09pm
Whether Pierre Thomas remains with the team or not, Mark Ingram and second-year tailback Khiry Robinson appear to be the future at running back for the Saints after successful outings in two postseason games last season.
Ingram began to shine late in the 2013 season with a bruising performance in Week 16 against Carolina with 83 rushing yards on 13 carries. He carried that forward for 97 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown in the Saints' wild-card playoff win in Philadelphia.
The Saints have apparently recognized Ingram's progression late in the season, even though Ingram's second-quarter fumble overshadowed his average of 4.9 yards per carry in the NFC divisional loss in Seattle.
If Thomas remains, the Saints will still likely use a rotation at RB as they have in recent years. If Thomas is released, Ingram and Robinson would certainly see a bump in value.
Khiry Robinson to assume larger role in Saints backfield
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:46am
This is an overstatement, what with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram still on the roster. There are rumors that Thomas will be cut, but the team may hold onto him after releasing Darren Sproles. We like what Robinson brings to the table, but he was playing behind Thomas and Ingram in 2013 and that's not likely to change in 2014 if both players are still around. Travaris Cadet could also assume Sproles's old role.
Pierre Thomas's future with Saints in doubt
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:26am
The agent for New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas said Tuesday the team has reached out to discuss Thomas' future with the Saints. But Lamont Smith, Thomas' agent, wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future.
Thomas is entering the final year of his contract with the Saints and is set to count $2.9 million against the 2014 salary cap. With the Saints in a financial bind heading into 2014, Thomas could be a candidate to become a salary cap casualty as the Saints would save all of Thomas' $2.9 million cap figure with no dead money attached.
Thomas was an important cog in the Saints' offense in 2013 (224 touches, leading the team), but the Saints could replace his production with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram (who looked a bit better last season) and Khiry Robinson. Robinson would likely see the biggest jump in workload if Thomas is not around in 2014.
Pierre Thomas OUT for Saints
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Pierre Thomas (chest) ruled OUT for WC game
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With Sproles out, Pierre Thomas gets a small bump. The Saints are usually careful about not overworking him, so expect Mark Ingram to see 10-13 carries as well. He's a low end RB2 in standard formats. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet may also see a few snaps as well. Lance Moore gets a small bump and looks like a WR4/flex option in a great matchup against the Falcons. Kenny Stills was already a Sneaky Start given the matchup.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:47pm
From all indications, Saints RB Mark Ingram has always remained highly valued and respected inside the Saints organization. Despite all of his struggles, he has continued to have an outstanding attitude and work ethic. From the beginning, he has never complained about his lack of touches.
"I'm so happy for him," QB Drew Brees said Sunday night. "He was a man on a mission today. This is kind of just breaking the seal for what he's capable of."
Going forward, we obviously can’t read too much into Ingram’s performance against a toothless Dallas defense. He needs a few more encores, and he’ll be facing a lot more difficult run defenses (San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina twice). Also, I think Ingram will remain the Saints’ third option behind veterans Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in a backfield-by-committee setup.
The Saints have way too many weapons on offense. Until this past week, it looked like TE Jimmy Graham was the only sure fantasy bet, but even he was well down a list of impressive performances against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Ingram will be a risky play and looks to only have value in deeper leagues right now. We're going to have to see a lot more performances like Sunday night vs. Dallas before he can go in lineups.