Mark Ingram was and still should be a good Fantasy running back when playing alongside Lamar Jackson, but the clock is ticking on how much longer he'll have the chance after the Ravens drafted Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins. Suddenly, the 30-year-old with 1,858 career touches could be looking at his final year with the Ravens, not to mention a lighter workload. The odds were always against Ingram repeating his 2019 numbers - he scored once every 20.2 rushes and once every 5.2 receptions. Doing that again is unfathomable, especially since his playing time won't exceed the 52% of snaps he played with Jackson a season ago. Still, he's a threat for lots of touchdowns and should still get 15-plus touches, which he had nine of 15 times in 2019. Take him as close as you can to the end of Round 5 with designs on landing Dobbins in Round 9 (Round 10 if you're gutsy/lucky) to lock up the Ravens backfield.
Ingram believes he can play at a high level for at least four or five more years, Tom Valente of the Ravens' official website reports. It's an optimistic assessment for a 30-year-old running back, though Frank Gore has shown that it isn't impossible. Ingram could be aided in meeting his goal by virtue of having spent most of his career in committee backfields, maxing out at 230 carries and 58 catches in 2017. He didn't reach 200 touches until his fourth pro season, and he's averaged 232.8 per year since first hitting that mark. Ingram said he's been able to do most of his usual training work at home this offseason while he prepares for the second season of a three-year, $15 million contract. He should retain the lead role in a rushing attack that also leans on Lamar Jackson, and to a lesser extent, fellow running backs Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
Ingram said Wednesday that his injured calf feels better now, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. Ingram suffered the injury Week 16 and was limited to a season-low 29 percent snap share in his next appearance, a 28-12 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 11 in the divisional round of the playoffs. It isn't clear if he'll play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, but he should be healthy before the start of the Ravens' offseason program in the spring, when he'll enter Year 2 of a three-year, $15 million contract. Ingram scored a career-high 15 touchdowns in 15 regular-season games during his first season in Baltimore, backed by healthy averages of 5.0 yards per carry and 8.5 per target. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill should have roles in 2020, but the 30-year-old Ingram is a strong bet to retain the lead job.
Ingram (calf) rushed six times for 22 yards and brought in one of two targets for nine yards in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday. Ingram came into the contest dealing with the calf injury he'd originally suffered in Week 16 against the Browns, and it wasn't exactly smooth sailing Saturday. Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports Ingram was on the sideline for at least one late first-half drive with his calf wrapped, although he was able to return and play in the second half, albeit sparingly. However, the sparse usage appears to have been at least as much a product of a game script that saw Baltimore unexpectedly trail the entire contest. The disappointing finish to the season aside, Ingram enjoyed an excellent debut campaign with the Ravens, rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding a 26-247-5 line through the air across 15 games. He'll be set for another important role next season, although both Gus Edwards and Justice Hill could certainly eat into his opportunities in 2020.
Ingram (calf) is listed as active Saturday against the Titans. Ingram practiced just one time (Friday) since straining his left calf Week 16, but the session was enough for the Ravens to give him clearance to return for the divisional round. There's a good bet he leads the team's running backs in snaps, but Lamar Jackson will be his dynamic self as a passer and rusher, and Gus Edwards also is on hand for reps. As a result, Ingram may not reach the 15.2 touches per game he received during the regular season.
Coach John Harbaugh said that Ingram (calf) was limited at practice Thursday. With regard to the running back's status for Saturday's playoff game against the Titans, Harbaugh noted "we'll see how it goes." Based on that comment, it seems likely that Ingram will be officially listed as questionable for Saturday night's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. If Ingram ends up limited or out this weekend, Gus Edwards would be in line to see added touches out of Baltimore's backfield, as was the case Week 17, when he logged 21 carries for 130 yards while subbing for Ingram.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|10||11/16||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|3 Year Avg||190||929||9||35||278||2||183|