For four straight seasons, Mark Ingram has delivered at least 1,100 total yards and six or more touchdowns to Fantasy owners, finishing as a top-15 running back every time. Expect him to make it five in a row in 2018. Ingram is the lead rusher in an offense that has become focused on running more than ever before -- last season's 444 rush attempts were the most for the Saints since 2009. Alvin Kamara had a big piece of that and figures to again in 2018, but Ingram should still lead the way, including near the goal line. Last season, Kamara had five touches from 5 yards or closer, Ingram had 18 including five goal-line tries (four touchdowns). Kamara will get picked first in Fantasy drafts because he's got more upside, but don't make the mistake of overlooking Ingram. It wouldn't take too much for him to outproduce his young running mate, and his slight discount makes him all the more appealing. Go ahead and let Kamara get picked in Round 1 -- Ingram's value in early Round 3 or even late Round 2 will help your Fantasy team dominate
Ingram (suspension) was seen participating in the Saints' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports. As expected after not participating in OTAs, Ingram was back on the practice field for the start of minicamp despite having to serve a four-game suspension at the start of the regular season. Ingram is expected to cede the role of No. 1 running back to second-year star Alvin Kamara until he is reinstated by the league for Week 5.
Ingram (suspension) will not participate in OTAs, but he is expected to join the club for mandatory minicamp in June, ESPN reports. The NFL tagged Ingram with a four-game suspension for the use of a banned substance, and the league has already heard and denied his appeal. Coming off career-high marks across the board for rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (58) and receiving yards (416), the veteran tailback will cede the early-season lead role to Alvin Kamara. Coach Sean Payton indicated that the Saints don't have any immediate plans to add a veteran back, suggesting Trey Edmunds, rookie Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) -- who have combined for just 47 regular-season carries -- would be candidates for some carries in the early going. The league should reinstate Ingram for Week 5's contest against Washington.
Ingram's appeal of his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs has already been heard and denied, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Ingram's management released a statement claiming the running back's positive drug test was caused by a substance that's permissible with a proper exemption from the league, but Katzenstein reports that Ingram didn't actually have the necessary exemption. Alvin Kamara will serve as the lead back while Ingram sits out the first four weeks of the season, with Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) all in the mix to compete for a complementary role. It won't come as any surprise if New Orleans adds a veteran running back before training camp, considering the aforementioned players (besides Kamara) have accounted for only 47 regular-season NFL carries. Ingram will turn 29 in December and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Accounting for the suspension, a Week 6 bye and Kamara's presence, Ingram can't be counted on for much in the first half of the upcoming season.
Ingram will appeal the four-game suspension he received Monday for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Ingram's management released a statement proclaiming the 28-year-old's positive drug test was caused by a substance that's permissible with a proper exemption from the league. Another update should be available soon, as an arbitrator's opinion is due on or before May 16. Should Ingram's appeal ultimately fail, Alvin Kamara would take on some extra snaps and touches out of the backfield in September, with the likes of Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) also in the mix for work. The 2018 campaign is a contract season for the 28-year-old Ingram.
Ingram has been suspended four games for violating the league's PED policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Coming off the best season of his career with 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 58 grabs for 416 yards, Ingram won't return to the field until Week 5 against the Redskins. In the meantime, Alvin Kamara -- a star in his own right last season -- should take on a heavier workload, with some combination of Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Daniel Lasco (neck) and Jonathan Williams also factoring in. The Saints may also elect to dip into the available free agents to add depth behind Kamara if they aren't comfortable with the current grouping.
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