Should you rush to claim Ingram?

Easy on Ingram: I’m taking Mark Ingram’s Week 10 performance with a giant grain of salt since the Cowboys defense seemingly took an early flight out of the Big Easy sometime in the middle of the second quarter (apparently, I was unaware it was official Cowboys team policy that Sean Lee is the only player on this unit permitted to make a tackle). But Ingram had 14 carries for a career-high 145 yards and added a touchdown in Sunday night’s 49-17 thrashing of Dallas. I think this is more likely to be a one-off performance since it was completely out of the blue. Not to mention, check out the run defenses awaiting the Saints over the next month: they host the 49ers (11th-best run defense), visit the crummy Falcons, then visit the Seahawks (15th) before hosting the Panthers (2nd). In other words, three of their next four opponents rank in the top half of the league in defending the run. Let someone else in your league jump on Ingram.

Manning expected to be fine: For the first time in quite some time, Peyton Manning took some hard hits. The official stat line for San Diego’s defense and two sacks, but the Bolts made those hits count. Manning is going to have an MRI today, although the general consensus seems to be that he’ll play. I think the offensive line woes the Broncos suffered in preseason may be catching up with them a bit, and now they are set to face one of the most aggressive defenses in the league in Kansas City. Manning’s owners are likely to be a little nervous heading into Week 11. And oh yeah, the early forecast calls for temperatures in the high 40s. As the winter cold begins to set in, will it have any effect on Denver’s passing game?

Tucker stays hot: I just realized it’s completely unacceptable that I haven’t given many kickers a great deal of love on here since a good number of them have outscored prominent fantasy QBs on a number of given weeks, so here goes: Justin Tucker has converted his last 16 field goal attempts, including the 45-yard game-winner in OT against the Bengals yesterday. The Ravens offensive line is struggling, which is a big reason the offense isn’t having a great deal of success scoring points lately. Their next three opponents (Chicago, NY Jets, Pittsburgh) won’t make things easy for them. Tucker is a good kicker to own since he will be called upon often as drives falter.

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