The loss of Mark Ingram for the season with a shoulder injury is a tough blow to the New Orleans Saints and his fantasy football owners. Ingram was a Top 5 fantasy back this season and he'll be tough to replace.
However, the loss of Ingram doesn't mean the end of your season. If you're making a playoff push and need to replace him, here are the best options. Only players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues qualify. But be warned, the options are not that great. With that in mind, here are five fantasy running backs you should consider signing to replace Mark Ingram.
5. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
Let's get this out of the way: most of these options are poor ones in standard leagues. Sims is stuck behind Doug Martin on the depth chart, which hurts his value. He gets a few touches each game, but is really only valuable when he scores. Unless something happens to Sims, he's not worth playing in standard formats. Like I said, the options are bad.
4. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
The Lions' running game has been awful this season, but Abdullah has had at least 12 carries for three straight weeks. He's getting more action for Detroit and has upside. After all, we all saw how good he looked during the preseason. It's doubtful Abdullah does much outside of the weeks he scores, but he's worth looking into as an option.
3. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
Sproles has PPR upside and is getting more carries for the Eagles with Ryan Mathews' concussion and DeMarco Murray's benching. It's not a great option, since Mathews will return soon and Murray might get his job back. However, Sproles is worth taking a flier on if you have to. .
2. James White, RB, Patriots
White is taking over as the Patriots' third down back. He's worth adding in PPR-formats, but has limited upside in standard ones. Brandon Bolden will also get a few touches per game. White is a safer option than the ones before him on this list.
1. C.J. Spiller, RB, Saints
With Ingram done, Spiller becomes the top back in New Orleans. It's unlikely he'll produce at the same level Ingram did, but he should get the bulk of the touches. Spiller is must-add this week. The waiver wire has already closed in most weeks, so you can probably sign Spiller right now and not have to wait. He could be a flex play this week for you. Tim Hightower could get some touches, but for now, Spiller is the one to sign.Back to the Fantasy Football Newsfeed