Mark Ingram

#22 RB / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 7YRS Height: 5-9 Weight: 215 lb Age: 27 College: Alabama Bye 5

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  • Ingram carried 21 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 47-10 win over the Bills. Ingram came through with one of the best games of his career in this one, setting a season high in rushing yardage while scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time as a pro. This performance continued an excellent run for Ingram, who now has seven touchdowns and is averaging 113.8 scrimmage yards in five games since the bye. New Orleans' newfound commitment to the running game has vaulted Ingram into the upper echelon of fantasy running backs, and he will look to keep it rolling next week against the Redskins.

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  • Ingram rushed 16 times for 77 yards and brought in his sole target for two yards in Sunday's 30-10 win over the Buccaneers. Ingram paced the backfield in carries and rushing yardage, once again forming an ideal 1-2 punch with rookie Alvin Kamara. After losing a pair of fumbles last week, Ingram held onto the ball Sunday and has now logged 75 or more rushing yards in the four games since Adrian Peterson left town. Ingram did see a three-game streak with at least one rushing touchdown come to an end, but he continues to be one of the most productive fantasy options at his position in any format.

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  • Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara each saw 31 snaps Sunday, but it was Kamara who closed out the 20-12 victory against the Bears after Ingram fumbled on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Ingram had a nice statistical day, gaining 99 yards from scrimmage and scoring on a one-yard touchdown plunge, but his two fourth-quarter fumbles nearly cost the Saints the game Sunday. Following his second fumble with a little over two minutes remaining, it was Kamara, not Ingram, who was asked to try to run out the clock. Ingram doesn't have a big reputation as a fumbler -- this is the first time he has ever lost three fumbles in a season -- but it's worth noting that head coach Sean Payton benched the former Heisman Trophy winner last year after he lost the ball late in back-to-back close defeats. Ingram's benching led to a bigger role for Tim Hightower, and it took more than a month before Ingram clearly reestablished himself as the leading man. In the wake of the Adrian Peterson trade, Ingram will very likely remain a big part of the New Orleans offense moving forward, but it's worth monitoring whether Ingram's meltdown Sunday will alter the balance of the backfield.

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  • Ingram rushed 18 times for 75 yards and a touchdown while catching all six of his targets for 24 yards and losing two fumbles in Sunday's 20-12 win over Chicago. Ingram watched Alvin Kamara score an eight-yard touchdown on the opening drive, but added a one-yarder of his own in the second quarter by stretching the ball over the top of the defense. While Kamara continues to mix in for a handful of touches every game, Ingram's been able to establish a much better rhythm on the ground since fellow running back Adrian Peterson was traded. After gaining just 170 yards without a touchdown on 42 carries in four games with Peterson on the roster, Ingram's exploded for 294 yards and four touchdowns on 65 carries over three contests since. Ball control was an issue for Ingram here, though, as he fumbled on consecutive fourth-quarter drives to let Chicago back into the game.

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  • Ingram rushed 22 times for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-17 win over the Packers. He also brought in four of five targets for five yards. Ingram now has back-to-back 100-yard games since Adrian Peterson left town, as head coach Sean Payton has seemingly found a rhythm he's comfortable with in terms of the backfield's division of labor. Ingram has settled in as the clear-cut early-down back, although he's also seen some third-down work due to his proficiency as a pass catcher. Meanwhile, rookie Alvin Kamara continues to be deployed in a complementary role and is being utilized as both runner and receiver with strong results. If the current pattern persists, Ingram should retain excellent fantasy value as a 20-plus-carry workhorse on the majority of weeks in an offense that forces defenses to respect the pass. He'll look to continue producing against the Bears in Week 8.

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