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Mark Ingram Injury Update Sends Tony Jones Fantasy Outlook Skyrocketing on Thanksgiving

Jason Schandl
Tony Jones' fantasy outlook gets a huge boost following the latest Mark Ingram injury update.
Tony Jones' fantasy outlook gets a huge boost following the latest Mark Ingram injury update. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages
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With Alvin Kamara out, Mark Ingram has returned to fantasy relevance as the leader of the New Orleans Saints' backfield. That role didn't last long, however, as now Ingram himself has been ruled out against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving.

That opens the door for Tony Jones to assume the RB1 duties and get a huge boost in fantasy football value for Week 12.

Mark Ingram Injury Update

Ingram has been dealing with knee swelling all week, and was expected to be a game-time decision. That decision has been made, and he will be inactive on Thursday night.

Tony Jones Fantasy

There's no doubting the value of the RB1 role in New Orleans. Alvin Kamara was obviously a fantasy star when healthy, and an over-the-hill Ingram averaged 22.5 opportunities (15.0 carries plus 7.5 targets) per game while playing over 70% of the offensive snaps in each of his last two games.

Tony Jones started to pick up a bit of run in Week 11, handling 3 carries and playing 10 snaps. He'll now be thrust into an every-down role, which is enough to give any back a solid fantasy football outlook.

Dwayne Washington Fantasy

We probably shouldn't expect Jones to dominate the volume quite as much as Ingram, as Dwayne Washington will also see increased work, but Washington's 2 touches on 4 snaps last week suggest he's behind Jones on the depth chart.

Fantasy managers left scrambling for a running back to start should head to the waiver wire and grab Jones immediately.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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