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SAINTS running back Mark Ingram had an extraordinary performance in Friday’s preseason finale contrary to the LA Chargers at the Caesars Superdome, rushing for 34 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
But could it be enough for fantasy football managers to take into account drafting him this year?
Well, the 32-year-old may be worth a range as another option at running back for early in the growing season, with Alvin Kamara likely to get a six-game suspension.
Kamara was arrested and charged with felony battery leading to substantial bodily harm following an altercation at a NEVADA night club during Pro Bowl weekend in February.
Ingram will probably serve because the team’s top running back until he returns.
The 12th-year veteran began his career with the Saints, playing for the franchise from 2011 to ’18 before joining the Baltimore Ravens for the 2019 and ’20 seasons. He joined the Houston Texans in 2021 and was traded back again to the Saints in October.
In seven games for the Saints in 2021, he rushed for 260 yards and something touchdown on 68 carries. He also caught 20 passes for 138 yards. That’s not much, but he spent a lot of the season burning Kamara
Having said that, the Saints do have a mobile quarterback in Jameis Winston and a slew of options in the passing game in Jarvis Landry, Michael Thomas and rookie Chris Olave. So, Ingram might possibly not have as large of a workload as many others round the NFL.
Still, he may have value as a depth player leastwise and could be utilized as a trade chip later in the growing season when injuries commence to accumulate and Kamara returns.
Ingram is rostered in only 16 percent of Yahoo Sports fantasy leagues.