Archive for Mark Ingram

NEWS: Week 15 Monday Night Inactives

SMITTY: Robbie Gould is inactive for the Bears in tonight's Week 15 battle against the Saints; Jay Feely will kick for the Saints in this one. If for any reason you didn't know about Gould, grab Feely and start him ASAP. As for game predictions, we expect a high-scoring outing, with Drew Brees dialing up at least 2TDs, and if this game doesn't get out of hand fast, Matt Forte could be looking at a nice little stat line in this one. Alshon Jeffery is a WR1 heading into this one and Week 16, while Mark Ingram is too talented to bench, but the threat of inconsistent carries has him looking more like a RB2 in the final two weeks of the fantasy season. While there is concern about Jimmy Graham coming through for fantasy owners here in the final two weeks of the fantasy season, we feel pretty good about him being a top 5 finisher this week when this game is all said and done.

NEWS: Khiry Robinson, Robert Meachem inactive in Week 12 Monday Night against Ravens.

SMITTY: We hope to see a whole lot of Mark Ingram in this game. While he wasn’t dirt cheap coming off a 67-yard outing last week, he was a great buy-low attempt heading into this one. Ravens WR Steve Smith was also a great buy-low all week — we expect him to rebound in Week 12. If he doesn’t, consider buying low heading into Week 13. Justin Forsett should continue his successful season tonight and is a fantastic RB2 play, and with Meachem out and Cooks out, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills both return to fantasy relevance. Good luck to those with players going tonight!

NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham (questionable) likely to play Week 8; Khiry Robinson ruled out?

SMITTY: Most all reports/sources are predicting that he plays, and despite playing last week and pulling in zero passes, fantasy owners almost have to start Jimmy Graham if he is playing. Even if used in red zone situations, the guy can score 2TDs in such a role. Check out where we have Jimmy Graham ranked on our Week 8 Power Rankings. As for those Saints rushers, Mark Ingram just got a huge bump (him and Travaris Cadet, who could play the PT role), given that both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are both out for this one.

NEWS: Travaris Cadet to be heavily involved in Week 8 passing game?

SMITTY: If you need a RB this week, consider grabbing Travaris Cadet, as many sources expect the rusher to be ‘heavily involved’ in the team’s passing game in Week 8. As Russ Bliss said on his Tuesday Radio Show, he could be used a lot more than people think with Pierre Thomas out for a bit. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

RADIO: Week 8 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!


Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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NEWS: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks; Ingram and Robinson to see more touches?

SMITTY: It’s tough to say who will benefit more from Pierre Thomas’ absence, but clearly both Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram will see an uptick in touches with this news. Both runners are boom or bust plays each week, as you just don’t know which will get more run. Plus, it seems like the Saints want to mix in some Travaris Cadet here and there, so the situation is still very cloudy even with Thomas’ injury. If you breakdown last week’s usage, Ingram commanded the early-down work, and Robinson dropped down to three rushes compared to Ingram’s 10. Our guess is that Ingram will benefit most, especially now that he is a week healthier, but anything can happen due to flow of game/hot hands. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: CJ Spiller (collarbone) done for season; Fred Jackson (groin) already out for Week 8; Reggie Bush still hurt…

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Hey Starters Nation:

We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:

Injuries Heading Into Week 8:

C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.

Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).

Other Injuries:

Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.

NEWS: Mark Ingram to return to action in Week 7?

SMITTY: It looks like Mark Ingram (hand) could be close to “full go” for Week 7, but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was eased back either. Regardless, this just makes the Saints backfield cloudy and confusing again, as Pierre Thomas has proven to be a beast when given the touches/targets, and the same can be said for Khiry Robinson. Start any of these guys at your own risk moving forward. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Justin Hunter explodes for 111 yards and 2TDs in second preseason contest; Jimmy Graham pulls in 2TDs.

In Friday night’s Week 2 preseason contest against the Saints, Titans WR Justin Hunter pulled in five balls for 111 yards and 2TDs. Despite 1INT, Zach Mettenberger looked fantastic throwing for 269 yards and 2TDs. Mark Ingram ran the ball five times for 19 yards and pulled in a 23-yard touchdown reception. Joe Morgan pulled in three balls for 108 yards, showing incredible speed on a 52-yard stretch play. Jimmy Graham scored twice and pulled in five balls for 48 yards.

SMITTY: Sleeper alert ladies and gentlemen! Justin Hunter has held some serious upside heading out of last season, which was his rookie year. He only pulled in 354 yards and 4TDs last season, but he had two super-impressive 100-yard, 1TD games in the second-half of the season, and the brilliance was showcased in those performances. I love the kid. My only concern has been what happens if Jake Locker gets hurt, but Zach Mettenberger actually looks efficient enough, and word is that he has been tossing the ball 75 yards with ease in practice. I love both Hunter and Kendall Wright — these are two very good young receivers. Jimmy Graham is just insane and easily worth that high-second round ADP he appears to be locked into. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?