Ingram rushed six times for 21 yards and secured his only target for minus-1 yard in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night. Ingram's rushing yardage tally did pace the Texans on the night, but given how lackluster a game it was for the ground attack, that's faint praise. The veteran would appear to have clear possession of the lead-back role at the moment -- Phillip Lindsay logged one more carry Thursday yet averaged under 1.0 yard per tote -- but he could certainly find running room at a premium again in a Week 4 road matchup against the Bills on Sunday, Oct. 3 due to rookie quarterback Davis Mills not presenting himself as an imposing threat to a talented Buffalo defense.
Ingram could face a Panthers defense geared to stop the run Week 3 after the Browns stacked the box with eight or more defenders 57.1 percent of the time against rookie quarterback Davis Mills, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. The Browns invited Mills to throw, and he completed just eight of 18 passes for 102 yards in the Week 2 loss. When Mills was on the field, Houston's ground game came to a halt, with the team gaining just 27 yards on 14 carries. As the NFL can be a copycat league, expect Ingram and fellow backs Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead to get little room to operate against Carolina.
Ingram rushed 14 times for 41 yards and secured one of two targets for minus-1 yard in the Texans' 31-21 loss to the Browns on Sunday. While a Texans backfield that features three accomplished veteran backs rightfully gives fantasy managers jitters, Ingram has worked as the clear lead back over the first two games of the season. Whether that holds remains to be seen, but Ingram did outpace David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay by eight and nine carries, respectively, against Cleveland, albeit with not much production to show for it. It will be interesting to see if the workload among the trio is more evenly distributed with the quick four-day turnaround for a Week 3 interleague matchup against the Panthers on Thursday.
Ingram had 26 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown and couldn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 37-21 win versus the Jaguars. There was some question regarding how a backfield populated by Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead would pan out, but the former easily handled most of the touches among the quartet (26 versus 15 combined for the last three). Ingram's efficiency was another matter, as he managed just 3.3 yards per rush. But Lindsay (3.1 YPC) and Johnson (3.3) didn't fare much better behind the Texans' offensive line. If Ingram receives such volume on a weekly basis, he'll be worthwhile to start in most formats for that fact alone. If another of the group got a hot hand, though, we could see Ingram yield reps to one of Lindsay or Johnson.
Ingram carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. He also recorded one catch for three yards. Ingram entered the game on the team's second possession and logged six of his 11 carries. His performance was largely unremarkable, though he did manage a few chunk gains of 11, six and seven yards during the second quarter. Ingram figures to play a role in the team's running back picture in Week 1 against Jacksonville, though it's unclear how work will be divided between him, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New England Patriots||14||14.00|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||15||14.00|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||26||22.00|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||29||22.00|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||28||22.00|
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|3 Year Avg||137||654||6||18||156||2||128|