Fantasy investments: Keep an eye on Mark Ingram, Thomas Rawls
Sometimes I like to imagine myself as an investment analyst for a top hedge fund dealing only in fantasy football players. C.J. Anderson is currently a screaming buy. We’re shorting Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Nelson Agholor is a hold. Like investment analysts, I spend a lot of time looking over my numbers and projections attempting to identify undervalued assets. I’ve written several articles on guys I think are strong buys, but two running backs I have not yet touched on are New Orleans’ Mark Ingram and Seattle’s Thomas Rawls. That ends now.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Last season, the thinking was C.J. Spiller would take the Darren Sproles role while Ingram would manage the majority of the carries and goal-line work. However, that didn’t really happen, with the Saints riding Ingram as a workhorse and making him of the top fantasy producers in the game, prior to his injury.
Last season, from Weeks 1 to 13 (he missed the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff) he ranked fourth at the position in snaps, 14th in rushing attempts, fourth in receptions and targets, fifth in rushing touchdowns, and third in PPR fantasy points. Not only was he one of the top fantasy scorers at his position, but he was also one of the most consistent. Despite playing in only 12 games last year, Ingram had the second-most top-12 weeks (eight) and the third-most top-24 weeks (11). In only one game did he fail to finish among the top 24 at the position.