Mark Ingram Placed On I.R. With Shoulder Injury
A report from Rand Getlin of NFL Network states that Mark Ingram is dealing with a serious shoulder injury, and Ingram has now been placed on I.R., ending his season. This is a huge late-season blow for Fantasy teams, as Ingram has been one of the most consistent running backs all year. He's fourth overall and has never scored less than 7.4 points on Yahoo! (standard scoring).
Keeper leagues cannot drop Ingram based on those stats above. Ingram should be fine for 2016 and return to being a reliable RB1. In yearly leagues, you can obviously drop him.
Obviously, if you need running back help, you can certainly run to the wire to grab C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower. Heck, deeper leagues can snatch Marcus Murphy just in case.
It's doubtful that any of the trio comes close to replicating Ingram's numbers. Spiller hasn't looked like the back we thought he could be in New Orleans. He is averaging just 3.5 YPC with only 29 receptions and 216 receiving yards on the year. That's a mere 4.0 FPPG and sill just 6.7 in PPR. The workload will increase, but Spiller likely won't turn into a must-start RB2 for you. The same goes for Hightower. You have to pick him up in case he takes over the lead role and Spiller's job doesn't change. Remember though, it's Tim Hightower. He's not going to rush for 4.5 YPC or put up 100-plus yard games every week. In fact, the Saints will likely move more towards their old days of pass-happy Sundays. Murphy is the deep flier, as he's a bit like Khiry Robinson. It's more likely the Saints pass more with Spiller and Hightower seeing increased value, but you still never know in these situations, and Murphy could get a crack at things.
Do not drop anyone of value for Spiller or Hightower. Stop with the "drop Latavius Murray for Hightower" and "drop Shaun Draughn for him" questions. Those running backs have jobs. Hightower is not going to "terk urr jerbs" and be a Top 15 running back, so settle down.
Grab Spiller and Hightower where you can. Even if you're deep at running back, you don't want your opponent to find help this late in the year.
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