Saints to use RB committee?: Rookie running backs can often times make a nice impact in fantasy land, so it’s no surprise that Mark Ingram’s name has been talked about in a prominent fashion. But is he guaranteed to see a featured role in the Saints offense? Maybe not. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Ingram and Pierre Thomas have shared first-team reps during training camp. With Darren Sproles filling Reggie Bush’s old role in the offense, Ingram or Thomas will be the two main ball carriers for coach Sean Payton. So while Ingram has more upside and looks like the team’s goal-line back, he’s not going to see a true featured role. That’s something to keep in mind before you draft him as more than a low-end No. 2 back or flex starter.
Ryan Grant back at 100 percent: Fantasy owners are always looking for a draft bargain, and Grant could fit the bill in 2011. The veteran runner missed most of last season with an injured ankle, but OC Joe Philbin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Grant doesn’t look any different than before he suffered the ailment. With a starting job likely in an explosive offense, Grant should post 1,000-plus yards on the ground — even if he does lose some reps to James Starks. Currently on NFL.com, Grant is coming off the board (on average) in Round 6. If you can land him in that spot as a No. 2 or 3 fantasy back, he’s well worth the choice.
Javon gets ringing endorsement: With fantasy superstar Chris Johnson still in the middle of a holdout, Javon Ringer has been catching a lot of reps — and drawing much praise from his coaches. “I’m very pleased with Ringer,” OC Chris Palmer said. “He’s exceeded my expectations. I was very, very pleased with him.” A versatile runner out of Michigan State, Ringer might be the most important handcuff in fantasy football right now. With the status of CJ2K in question, owners who draft him must go after Ringer in the late rounds. And when you consider how good he’s looked in camp, Ringer can actually make drafting Johnson in Round 1 a little safer.