Mark Ingram has been an annual disappointment for fantasy owners, but the tide may have begun to turn in 2012. While he was putting up the third best PPO [points per opportunity] mark for rushers during the second half, he received nearly three times the handoffs and pass routes that Chris Ivory did. For those folks who reside under a rock, Ivory is no longer a factor in the New Orleans backfield. Ingram was also the 22nd highest scoring fantasy running back during that span, and is not far away from gaining a significant opportunity share in a high-powered offense.
In general when thinking of running backs to draft, fantasy owners try to avoid the mystery that is the New Orleans backfield. And hearing the name Mark Ingram usually makes you want to flee in the opposite direction. But Patrick Thorman’s article on PPO (Points Per Opportunity) Rushing Stars will have you rethinking Ingram. The PPO metric, generated by the equation Total Fantasy Points/Carries + Pass Routes Run, ranks Mark Ingram as a Tier 1 player during the second half of the 2012 season. And that’s just the beginning of the good news. Check out the RotoViz 10 Re-Draft Targets in 10 Days article on Mark Ingram. Our staff views Mark Ingram as a player with “some level of certainty” in term of his usage in the New Orleans offense, versus many of the 2013 rookie RBs whose usage fantasy owners are fairly unclear over. We see Mark Ingram as a solid 7th round option who will provide you stability in the flex position for your fantasy team. Make sure to check out Ingram’s full projections using the RB Similarity Score App on Rotoviz.