Pierre Thomas Fantasy News

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Redskins RB Pierre Thomas (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Redskins RB Pierre Thomas (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Thomas should be able to play against the Cowboys.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:24am

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

When Pierre Thomas signed with the Washington Redskins a little more than two weeks ago, he talked about the energy he felt in the locker room.

The nine-year veteran running back, who spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl title, said he saw a team on the cusp of success with a laser-narrowed focus. With a little hope, Thomas thought, he’d be able to impart some leadership on this team to help them achieve their goal of making the playoffs, and in the process, prove he could still play.

Both of those things happened on Saturday night as the Redskins beat the Eagles, 38-24, to clinch the NFC East title at Lincoln Financial Field. Thomas caught seven catches for 67 yards and rushed for 22 yards on four carries.

Fantasy Impact:

That puts him on the fantasy radar at least in PPR leagues as Chris Thompson is battling injuries. The Redskins aren't sure if they will rest their starters in Week 17 but given Thomas' lack of playing time in the system, he could still get some work.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Redskins RB Chris Thompson (shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 14. Thompson has a torn labrum in his shoulder, so the team signed Pierre Thomas as insurance. The move makes Matt Jones slightly more appealing since he may pick up a few extra snaps while Thomas gets acclimated.

Redskins sign RB Pierre Thomas

Friday, December 11, 2015, 11:45am

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

With uncertainty about Chris Thompson’s status moving forward as he deals with a torn labrum in his shoulder, the Redskins on Friday added a backup policy in Pierre Thomas, a nine-year veteran who spent his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas would fill Thompson's pass-catching role if Thompson can't play. The Washington RBBC has been a mess all year, so there's no reason to run out and pick up Thomas.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 12:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When the San Francisco 49ers went on a quick shopping spree for running backs two weeks ago, Pierre Thomas seemed the most likely to stick should Carlos Hyde’s left foot not cooperate.

But two days after carrying the ball four times for 12 yards in the Niners’ 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and five days after signing with the team, the 30-year-old Thomas was cut.

And the Niners signed relatively unheralded Travaris Cadet, 26.

“Well, they’re different backs,” Tomsula said. “Cadet’s shiftier. It’s just the style of play, kind of having a one-two type of thing. We’ve got some bigger guys and we’ve got some guys that, he just brought an element that I like.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cadet also brings another dimension as a potential kick returner. He averaged 25.9 yards on 50 returns for the Saints from 2012 through 2014.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

49ers RB Carlos Hyde (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 9. Hyde is expected to sit out through the team’s Week 10 bye, so Pierre Thomas, Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn to split up the work.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

49ers RB Carlos Hyde (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Hyde is expected to sit out through the team’s Week 10 bye, so Pierre Thomas, Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn to split up the work.

49ers sign Pierre Thomas

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:55am

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Perhaps signaling Carlos Hyde will remain shelved by a foot injury, the 49ers added their second veteran running back in as many days, agreeing to terms Tuesday with Pierre Thomas, according to his agent.

The 49ers also needed depth at the position, preferably from experienced backs, to compensate for the potential season-ending injuries Sunday to Reggie Bush (knee) and Mike Davis (hand). Hyde suffered a stress fracture Oct. 11 and finally was kept from suiting up last game, which the 49ers lost 27-6 at St. Louis.

On Monday, the 49ers signed veteran Shaun Draughn.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas has had some workouts, but this is the first job he's landed for 2015. He could help the 49ers in the passing game, replacing Bush who was injured last week. With so many new pieces in place in the 9ers backfield now, it's hard to tell just how they will all be used if Hyde remains out. Given how Thomas has been a free agent for so long, it's hard to see him having a huge fantasy impact. But those struggling at the position may want to take a chance, perhaps especially in PPR leagues.

Chiefs pass on bigger-name RBs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs had some bigger names in for running back workouts on Tuesday: Ben Tate, Pierre Thomas, Isaiah Pead and Bryce Brown.

That they went with an in-house option, Spencer Ware, to replace the injured Jamaal Charles on their roster, would seem to speak well for Ware and their other backs, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Ware, who played for the Chiefs in training camp and the preseason, had been on their practice squad.

The Chiefs placed Charles, who tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears, on the injured-reserve list.

Fantasy Impact:

Most outlets say it's West who passed Davis on the depth chart as the team's RB2. Andy Reid went as far as saying West has a similar skill set to Charles while Davis is a one-cut runner. Davis has had success filling in for Charles in the past, but right now it seems like West is the back to own. However don't be surprised if Davis gets some work as well.

Report: Cards offer Chris Johnson one-year deal

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 9:28am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals are in the market for a veteran running back.

According to Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN, the Cards have offered former Titans running back Chris Johnson a one-year deal, and are awaiting word on whether he’ll accept.

It’s no guarantee he’ll sign (as last week’s Pierre Thomas snafu showed), but the fact the Cardinals are interested says something about their spot.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals are so banged up at the moment, it can’t hurt to look to see if the 29-year-old Johnson has anything left, the story said. Johnson, who only managed 663 yards with the Jets last year (on a respectable 4.3 yards per attempt), hasn’t looked like CJ2K for quite some time. Andre Ellington, if healthy, is still expected to get about 20 touches a game, according to a report we had last week, and should get a good part of those in receptions which helps his PPR value. David Johnson is the current RB2.

In wake of Arian Foster, Texans to work out Pierre Thomas

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:13pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Houston Texans aren't going to be able to replace Arian Foster with any free-agent pickup. But they did make a smart choice when they picked up the phone Tuesday in response to Foster's serious groin injury.

Pierre Thomas is on his way to visit the Texans, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported according to a source informed of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Thomas is not an every down back, but did believe Thomas is the best of the backs on the market. Thomas has been one of the best passing down options in the league for his entire career. He's especially excellent on screen passes and was effective in 2014 with 4.9 yards-per-carry and 8.4 yards-per-catch. This could potentially hurt Alfred Blue's value a bit as Thomas would be a good fit for Houston in passing situations, but may also steal some carries.

Breaking down the Patriot running backs

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:25pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Boston Herald broke down the Patriots RBs:

LeGarrette Blount will miss the opener on the suspended list, but should be viewed as a lock because the Patriots made no obvious attempt to replace him in the draft or free agency. Brandon Bolden signed a contract extension last season and is one of their most trusted special teamers. The Patriots believe James Develin is the best fullback in the league, so he is safe as long as the Pats continue to value the position.

We still don’t know for sure much about Travis Cadet, Tyler Gaffney, Jonas Gray and James White really. Cadet has an intriguing set of skills, but could he provide more than Bolden or White? And White just had his second strong spring of OTAs, but can he do it wearing pads? Is Gray the bulldozer we saw against the Colts or the guy Bill Belichick preferred to keep in the doghouse? And the thinking here is that Gaffney’s best work must come in pads, which is why he had a somewhat quiet spring.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that White, a 2014 fourth-round pick, dazzled at the start of training camp last season before falling off the map with 16 healthy scratches in 19 games. He was strong again during the nine-week OTAs program and appeared to be the Pats’ best back in passing situations. White could monopolize that role if he keeps it up and earns more trust, the story went on to say. But if he disappears again midway through camp, he might even get cut. We had news articles last year that stated White could be a potential Shane Vereen replacement, but the team signed Cadet in the offseason and right now is a bit more proven after filling in for Pierre Thomas at times last year in New Orleans. With Blount seemingly the early down back, the winner of the third down, passing situation job could potentially have PPR value in fantasy leagues.

Saints HC Sean Payton 'anxious' to use C.J. Spiller in offense

Friday, June 19, 2015, 4:09pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton indicated that he is experimenting with plays specifically with C.J. Spiller in mind.

"When you sign a player like that ... you are anxious to see how it fits with what you are doing and you begin to expand some things," Payton said.

Quarterback Drew Brees said he envisioned plenty of snaps for Spiller, not only because of his explosiveness, but also because at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he's sturdy enough to run inside and even block in pass protection, as former Saints running back Pierre Thomas did.

"He's got some of the quickness and the speed and kind of that slash element like a Sproles," Brees said of Spiller. "But he's bigger in stature like a Pierre, and so there's really not anything he can't do."

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot in the carries department, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

Saints Beat: RB C.J. Spiller primed for 'breakout year'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:07pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Jeff Duncan:

Word of advice: Draft C.J. Spiller on your fantasy football team. The Saints are going to get him the ball in a number of ways this season. If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year. It certainly won't be for lack of opportunity.

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot in the carries department, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

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