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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.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot) back at practice

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mark Ingram was back in action Wednesday during the New Orleans Saints' organized team activities practice -- backing up coach Sean Payton's insistence that the running back wasn't dealing with any significant injury when he was held out of practice during parts of the past two weeks.

Payton had said Ingram was dealing with a minor foot/ankle issue but that it was mostly about being smart and cautious at this time of year.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard). We’re expecting a step back from those numbers as the team gets Robinson and Spiller involved.

Saints RB Mark Ingram sitting out with foot issue that is 'nothing significant'

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram was once again watching from the sideline during the New Orleans Saints' second week of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday. But coach Sean Payton stressed that he's not dealing with anything "significant" and that the Saints are just being smart at this time of year.

Ingram was also out last Thursday with what Payton described as a minor foot/ankle issue.

“We’ve just sat him,” Payton said. “There’s nothing significant. It’s this time of the year where we’re smart about what we’re doing.”

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts, provided this foot issue doesn't linger.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:28pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

What happens to Saints RB Khiry Robinson?

Robinson will enter his third season with the Saints as third fiddle with Mark Ingram returning and C.J. Spiller signing with the Saints. The landscape looked quite different one month ago with Ingram being a potentially hot free agent and Pierre Thomas being released.

Ingram will be the clear-cut option for snatching up carries after his breakout 2014 season. Spiller is a far more capable runner in the traditional ground game than Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles the last few seasons.

This means more carries for Ingram and Spiller and less touches for Robinson. The logic entering 2014 was that we'd see more Robinson. Barring injuries, Robinson will likely find fewer opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson will likely get some work but Ingram proved last year he can carry the load when the Saints turned to the ground game, while Spiller likely gets the Pierre Thomas, pass-catching duties.

Payton: C.J. Spiller's film is 'unbelievable,' he's the 'most explosive player on the field'

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

“His cutup is unbelievable,” Saints HC Sean Payton said of breaking down C.J. Spiller’s film with the Buffalo Bills. “And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel. So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do.

“He’s physical. He’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him."

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot from a workload standpoint, 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 agree to terms with RB C.J. Spiller

Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:35pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints reached agreement with former Bills RB CJ Spiller.

Update: The deal is for four years and $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not an ideal landing spot from a fantasy standpoint. Not only is Spiller's upside capped by the presence of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but he limits Ingram's upside as well. He'll likely take over the role of Pierre Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches per game over the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable target for Spiller. In short, he has upside in this offense, but his workload will be limited in a committee.

Saints re-sign RB Mark Ingram to a four-year deal

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints and running back Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal is worth $16 million over the four years, sources said.

Ingram confirmed that he is staying in New Orleans via Twitter on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload, though the loss of Pierre Thomas may allow Ingram to have a larger role in the passing game. He averaged 2.8 catches in the five games that Thomas missed. He posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Saints will release RB Pierre Thomas

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:22pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints will release veteran running back Pierre Thomas, according to an NFL Network report on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

The loss of Thomas will open the door for Travaris Cadet to step into the pass-catching role, though he only averaged 3.2 catches for 25 yards in the five games that Thomas missed last season.

Saints were 'primed to increase' Khiry Robinson's workload before arm injury

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Saints were primed to increase Khiry Robinson’s workload this past year before his season got derailed by a fractured arm.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson has averaged 4.51 YPC on 130 totes, but hasn't been used much in the passing game while with the Saints (eight catches, 63 yards). If the Saints allow Mark Ingram to walk, Robinson could see a big workload as the team's primary back. He won't become a restricted free agent until 2016. Pierre Thomas is signed for two more seasons, so he would likely handle pass-catching duties.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) was removed from the injury report Friday. He has been placed on IR, so Travaris Cadet figures to fill the passing down role for the Saints.

Pierre Thomas suffers rib injury

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:46pm

New Orleans Saints on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints RB Pierre Thomas suffered a rib injury.

Fantasy Impact:

It happened in the second quarter. Mark Ingram ended up with three catches in the loss. Travaris Cadet was inactive in Week 16 but if Thomas can't play in a meaningless Week 17 game, Cadet could end up as a factor in the passing game.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. Robinson continues to miss time. Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas will see the bulk of the snaps against the Steelers.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Thomas is averaging 12.8 PPG in PPR formats, which are strong RB2 numbers. He returned to a significant role in Week 12.

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