Fantasy outlook: Mark Ingram

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 2:01 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The top-rated back in this year's draft, Mark Ingram, has the potential to be a workhorse in the NFL, but he may not carry a full load in New Orleans, where head coach Sean Payton will be divvying up rushes between at least three players.

Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how the Saints decide to distribute carries in a backfield that will feature Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, in addition to Ingram. Reggie Bush is talking his way out of town and it appears he and the Saints will part ways this offseason, although he does have one year left on his deal and Payton wasn't ruling out a return for Bush on Thursday night.

Bush, on the other hand, tweeted "It's been fun New Orleans," after Ingram was drafted and the Saints will likely cut him if he doesn't agree to a significant pay cut.

Thomas has been the featured back in the past, and the Saints value him — they signed him to a four-year deal this offseason. Ivory showed promise as a rookie. Thomas and Ivory are both coming off injuries, however, and the Saints gave up a first-round pick next year and a second-round pick this year to be in position to get Ingram.

They're certainly going to give such an investment a major role, and Ingram should be no less than a No. 3 fantasy back in most formats. He'll be a solid fantasy contributor right away.

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