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Fantasy Football 2012: Why Mark Ingram Isn't a Smart Pickup

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Fantasy Football 2012: Why Mark Ingram Isn't a Smart Pickup
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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram had a prolific college career at the University of Alabama. In his sophomore year in 2009, he set Alabama's single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards, won a Heisman Trophy, and also helped lead Alabama to a 14-0 record and the 2010 BCS National Championship. 

Selected 28th by the Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft, it was hard to see Ingram have an impact for fantasy owners last year. However, some fantasy owners still drafted Ingram because of the level of talent he showed while at Alabama. With injury problems and a crowded backfield in New Orleans, though, it was hard for Ingram to contribute much. 

With fantasy drafts underway, some are wondering if Ingram is worth the risk this year. Despite the talent he showcased while at Alabama and glimpses of a solid running back last year, Ingram is not a smart pickup for your fantasy team. 

At best, Ingram is a No. 2 flex option or a No. 3 RB for your fantasy team, and he should not be a player you "reach" for in your draft. 

After a disappointing first year with the Saints, Ingram does not look to be a smart fantasy pickup this year, and here's why. 

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