Week Seventeen Analysis: Mark Ingram has scored in four out of his last six games, including two straight. He's also seen increasing rushing attempts in three straight, culminating in a career-high 21 carries last week against Dallas. While he's only averaging a Shonn Greene-like 70 yards over that three-game span, his growing role in a high-scoring offense makes him a viable option. The hot-and-cold Carolina run defense has been hot of late—they haven't allowed a back to reach 65 total yards in three straight weeks. Ingram ran 16 times for 53 yards and a score in the first meeting, and that feels about right this week.
Week Nine Drop: Inexplicably, Ingram is still on a roster in 62 percent of ESPN leagues. In you're hoping for the upside of his Week 2 breakout of 53 yards and a touchdown, I guess you can hold on to him, but be prepared to endure another five straight weeks of 21 yards or less. Pierre Thomas is the starting running back, Darren Sproles is the hybrid/third down back, leaving Ingram as left out.
Week Five Drop: In Mark Ingram's four games, he's posted three with less than, get this, 15 yards. And he's scored just 1 touchdown. You need to forget his great college career, and his draft position. The reality is that he's not in an impactful position with the Saints. Pierre Thomas has almost as many carries, more yards, and more than double the yards per carry. And Darren Sproles gets all the carries. Ingram's not even a sure thing in goal-to-go situations. You might be able to trade him for, well, something. But, in a pinch, you can drop him outright.