Mark Ingram: Sproles' Injury Makes Saints RB Worthy of Fantasy Pickup

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Mark Ingram #28 of the New Orleans Saints breaks away from the Carolina Panthers defense during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners are still waiting for Mark Ingram to live up to his first-round billing. The former Heisman winner is now worthy of scooping up in 12-team leagues with Darren Sproles out with a hand injury this Monday night.

Rotoworld Football notes that the hand injury could more than a week-long absence:

Sproles out indefinitely after breaking hand

— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) November 2, 2012

Ingram hasn’t had a fantasy-worthy season in 2012 thus far, with only 134 yards and a touchdown to his name. Sproles’ absence, though, will open up the floodgates for a larger rushing load on one of the leagues’ most explosive offenses.

One less player in the muddled backfield will be a blessing for Ingram, who has the best running pedigree in the group between him, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. Thomas is more of a versatile back in the passing game, so he’ll be utilized in passing situations.

Ingram would be a quality back to stash on your bench for future bye-week emergencies.

Mark Ingram is available in 23 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues. To the first goes the spoils.

In need of a bye-week replacement? Ingram is as good as it gets for “shot-in-the-dark waiver pickups." You know the Saints are going to move the ball, and Ingram will have opportunities. That’s more than Joique Bell or Brandon Bolden can say.

While the Saints will be able to pass on the Eagles defense a bit, they’ll need to keep the Eagles on their toes by making them respect the run. Ingram will be the main cog in this approach, in charge of physically wearing down the Eagles front.

For those fantasy owners worried about the Saints’ Jekyll and Hyde offense, they have been a more competitive team at home offensively. With the game being on Monday Night Football, New Orleans will be geared up to impress.

They won’t be the same team that lost by 20 points in Denver last weekend. The offense will certainly play better. Ingram's presence should be a focal part in that improvement.

If there’s room on the roster, Ingram is a high-risk, high-reward play. You won’t be happy if you pass on his comeback.