Pierre Thomas Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson continues to miss time. It looks like Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas will see the bulk of the snaps against the Steelers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Thomas is averaging 12.8 PPG in PPR formats, which are strong RB2 numbers. He returned to a significant role in Week 12.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:39pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Saints wide receiver Nick Toon received the biggest bump in playing time with Brandin Cooks' injury. Toon played 44 offensive snaps (60 percent) in by far his most plentiful snap count this season.

Running back Pierre Thomas jumped back in with 39 snaps (53 percent). This led to a drop for Mark Ingram, who only played on 25 snaps (34 percent).

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas had just five carries to Ingram's 11, but as expected, Thomas was a big part in the passing game with six catches for 37 yards. Ingram had a tough time, at one point having seven carries for 0 yards before finishing with a 11-27-0 line. At WR, Toon ended with three catches for 42 yards but it was Kenny Stills who had eight catches for 98 yards and seemed to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective with Cooks not being in the lineup.

Pierre Thomas (shoulder) ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:15pm

Saints Inactives
Nick Becton T
Brandon Deaderick DE
Kyle Knox LB
Terrence Frederick DB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Robert Meachem WR
Khiry Robinson RB

Fantasy Impact:

Pierre Thomas is active tonight, as expected, after missing time with a shoulder injury. We had a news item over the weekend that said Thomas wasn't expected to cut into Mark Ingram's carries too much, instead perhaps getting his share of work in the passing game. That would hurt Travis Cadet's value. Cadet is also active for MNF.

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Pierre Thomas PROBABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:42pm

Ravens
OUT
WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand)

PROBABLE
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)

Saints
OUT
LB Kyle Knox (hand), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Robert Meachem (ankle)

PROBABLE
RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), CB Keenan Lewis (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), T Zach Strief (chest), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.

Saints Beat: Mark Ingram should be clear backfield leader

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike Triplett, Saints beat writer, answered a question about Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram's workload:

Talking about the next few weeks in general, Mark Ingram will continue to get the lion's share of the rushes and goal-line touches. So maybe something like 4-5 carries per game for Thomas, plus a healthy dose of receptions? Thomas will likely cut even more into Travaris Cadet 's workload.

The bigger question is what will happen if/when Khiry Robinson comes back from his arm injury. That's tougher to predict since Robinson plays a similar role as Ingram and because Robinson was also thriving when he was in the lineup. We still don't have a good timetable on Robinson's recovery, though he must have either suffered a setback or opted for surgery, since he seemed closer to returning a few weeks ago.

Ingram's success has been a bit of an eye-opener for coach Sean Payton, who can't ignore the fact that Ingram has gotten into such a nice rhythm with his high volume of carries. So I'd expect Ingram to still be the clear leader in the backfield, getting 15-plus touches. But Robinson's too good to keep on the bench if he's fully healthy. That's why they call it a "good problem to have."

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is no lock to play on Monday night, but Triplett believes even if he does, Ingram will get a bulk of the carries based on his recent success. Thomas' return likely means less of a workload for Cadet. Robinson (arm injury) remains the wild card here, but there doesn't seem to be a timetable for his return, so Ingram seems like a pretty solid play at least until Robinson comes back. And even when he does, it at least seems Ingram would still lead the way - perhaps much like the beginning of the season before Ingram got hurt.