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by • March 19, 2019

Mark Ingram is now a member of the Ravens, a move which generated complete indifference from the fantasy community.

Let’s hope it stays that way because Ingram could be sitting on a fantastic season.

Ingram’s perception has suffered due to his proximity to Alvin Kamara’s insane abilities. But Ingram is a pretty damn good back. Ingram has topped 4.7 yards per carry in three straight years.  He’s scored at least six touchdowns in five straight seasons; and he’s scored 10+ touchdowns in two of the past three years.

He’s also a very capable receiver. More on his zany PPR upside in a moment.

Ingram feels old, but he’s only 29 years old—a young 29 at that, considering the modest usage he’s experienced, averaging just 165 carries per year.

Coincidentally, with Alex Collins, Ty Montgomery and Bunk Allen gone, the Ravens are missing 170 running back carries…almost exactly Mark Ingram’s average workload.

But, whose to say that John Harbaugh will split carries for Ingram like Sean Payton did? Ingram could easily be a workhorse back, who gets spelled only periodically.

That brings us to the only notable runners still on roster, Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon.  You already know Dixon is a non-factor. Edwards is a wildcard. He looked decent last year, but he also saw diminishing carries in the final four games of last year. Unless Edwards improves a lot in his second season, he shouldn’t be more than a change-of-pace threat to Ingram’s usage.

What can we expect from Ingram? A productive runner and PPR gold, Jerry.

Last year, in Lamar Jackson games, Baltimore’s runners flourished, averaging a whopping 27 carries and 148 rushing yards per game. By the way, that’s 5.4 yards per carry.  Wow.

Imagine if Ingram is going to get most of that work. That’s drool-worthy.

As a receiver, Ingram is going to be terrific.

Last year, the Ravens threw 90 passes to runners.  81 of those passes went to departed runners.

Prior to last year’s suspension-shortened season, Ingram had topped 46 receptions in three straight years. With no other receiving talent in Baltimore’s backfield, the vast majority of the team’s receptions will go to Ingram.

Add it all up, and Ingram is sitting on an RB1 season.