Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints

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Saints sign RB Shane Vereen

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:38am

Mike Garafolo - [Full Article]

The Saints are signing former Giants and Patriots running back Shane Vereen.

Related Players: Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara

UPDATE: The Saints have waived Daniel Lasco in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints continue to add reliable veterans to the fold in the wake of Ingram's four-game suspension. Vereen is not much of a runner, but has averaged 3.2 receptions per game over his last five seasons. If he makes the team, he will likely be a factor in the New Orleans passing game, which could impact the bottom line of both Ingram and Kamara.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Mark Ingram is coming off his best season since entering the league, setting career-highs in both rushing yards (1,124) and touchdowns (12). Even with Alvin Kamara earning a major role in Sean Payton's offense, Ingram finished as fantasy's RB6, which was the highest ranking of his career. Entering a contract year, Ingram hopes to parlay a big season into a big payday next offseason.

Fantasy Downside

The NFL suspended Ingram four games for violating the league's PED policy. He won't be eligible until Week 5 and then the Saints have a bye in Week 6. He has battled the injury bug at times during his career and with Kamara carving out a significant role in Payton's offense, it's not a reach to envision 2018 turning into a lost year for Ingram. The Saints also added Shane Vereen this offseason so it's plausible he earns a bigger role with Ingram suspended the first four weeks.

2018 Bottom Line

If the Saints' offensive line is healthier than it was a year ago, the run game will be even more dangerous than it was in 2017. The problem for Ingram isn't New Orleans' system or even the presence of Kamara, it's the fact that he's in a contract year and he's suspended for the first four games of the season. What will his role be when he returns? Will Payton give someone else Ingram's touches with Ingram likely gone in a year? Ranked as our No. 23 RB, perhaps Ingram will reward owners who take a risk on him despite his suspension. That said, there appears to be more downside than upside to Ingram heading into the 2018 season.

2018 Strength of Schedule - NO
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
18
TB
15
CLE
5
@ATL
23
@NYG
28
WAS
BYE30
@BAL
1
@MIN
32
LAR
27
@CIN
3
PHI
5
ATL
8
@DAL
18
@TB
2
@CAR
17
PIT
2
CAR

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@MIN617002.835540510.807.112.126/6241.9%
2NE852006.50424056.007.611.635/6553.8%
3@CAR1456004.002300415.008.610.629/5850.0%
4@MIA1445003.21417084.256.210.246/7462.2%
5BYE--------------
6DET25114214.56536057.2025.030.047/7166.2%
7@GB22105104.7745051.2517.021.042/7655.3%
8CHI1875124.17624064.0011.917.931/6150.8%
9TB1677004.8112012.007.98.936/6060.0%
10@BUF21131306.240000-31.131.137/7748.1%
11WAS111341012.18321047.0021.524.528/7139.4%
12@LAR1131002.8225032.503.65.629/5750.9%
13CAR1485106.07637076.1718.224.236/6456.3%
14@ATL1249004.084430510.759.213.242/5280.8%
15NYJ1274206.175770615.4027.132.141/6860.3%
16ATL1344103.38322037.3312.615.632/6549.2%
17@TB1335002.69419044.755.49.433/5856.9%
Per game14.3870.250.750.194.893.6326.0004.447.1713.7517.3835.63/64.9455.13%
Totals23011241234.89584160717.17220278570/103955.13%