Saints RB Mark Ingram stands to benefit from Darren Spr... - [Full Article]

Saints RB Mark Ingram stands to benefit from Darren Sproles' absence.

Ever since he was drafted to a roster that also boasted premier passing-down backs such as Sproles and Pierre Thomas, Ingram has been marginalized to obvious run situations. That usage pattern has allowed defenses to key on him as an obvious candidate to touch the ball whenever he's on the field.

Now that there's some overlap in skill sets among Ingram, Thomas and hard-charging tackle-breaker Khiry Robinson, Sean Payton can tie defenses in knots with less predictable personnel packages.

In addition to being earmarked for the primary early-down role, Ingram expects to be a bigger factor in a pick-your-poison passing attack.

Fantasy Impact: 

Ingram is looking like a possible later round steal. If you've yet to have your draft, you may have to reach a round or two higher to get him as the news continues to be positive.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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