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Saints fantasy football: Week 15, Cardinals

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Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mark Ingram

Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs the ball in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs the ball in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Mark Ingram fantasy outlook: Sit him.

Ingram was, like Brees, a tough call. He’s the lead back on an explosive offense, but these last two weeks are just too concerning.

Ingram put up his worst performance of the year last week. Admittedlythe Buccaneers play some serious defense. But Ingram averaged only 2 yards per carry, down from his season average above 5 ypc. 

And most importantly, he only managed seven carries for the second week in a row. Sean Payton seems absolutely content to let the passing game carry this offense when facing a dominant run defense. And the Cardinals are much more solid against the run than they are against the pass. 

Add to that the fact that the Saints sent Terron Armstead to IR, and you’ll see why I’m sitting Ingram. Peat is an adequate LT, but Kelemete isn’t as good as Peat at LG. Ultimately both positions take a hit for Armstead’s absence.

Possible flex option, if you need it. We’ve seen this offense can put up points against serious defenses, so the ceiling is somewhat high. And Ingram is still the leader of a somewhat crowded backfield. But there’s just too much uncertainty.

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