Pierre Thomas Fantasy News

Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014.

“We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that,” Bush said. “It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”

Last season, both Bush and Joique Bell topped 500 yards in rushing and receiving -- the first time two running backs on the same team accomplished that in the same season. Considering the way the New Orleans offense is run, it could happen again in 2014.

Some of that speculation comes from the New Orleans Saints history. Under Sean Payton -- and this is the offense Lombardi said his attack will be based on -- the Saints used more running backs in varying rushing and route-running situations than the Lions did last season, when the team primarily used Bush and Bell with small doses of then-rookie Theo Riddick.

Last season, no New Orleans running back had more than 150 carries, although four had at least 60. Two, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, had more than 70 catches. That type of breakdown has been typical of a Saints' offense in recent years.

Fantasy Impact:

Bush may be overdrafted this year based on last year's numbers. The team re-signed Bell to a long-term deal and intend to use him. Bell may end up being the better value on draft day.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.

There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton suggested that third-year pro RB Travaris Cadet could take on "a little more of that role" that runner/receiver Darren Sproles has played in the Saints' offense over the past three years.

Fantasy Impact:

It may be a little misleading to associate Cadet with Sproles, because the Saints have a pretty crowded backfield with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. But, it's a situation to keep an eye on...

Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions signed Jed Collins to fill the traditional blocking fullback role. That follows the signing of tailback Joique Bell to a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.

Eagles trade for Darren Sproles
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:23am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, will be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Saints will receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Eagles in return, the source said Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

The thought of Sproles playing for Chip Kelly is intriguing, but snaps will be an issue playing behind LeSean McCoy. Sproles spent a good amount of time in the slot while in New Orleans, so he and McCoy could play together if Kelly decides to go that route. He'll still be a factor in PPR leagues, though his days of being a PPR RB1 are probably behind him. In New Orleans, the Saints will run with a trio of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but Travaris Cadet could become a poor man's Darren Sproles in Sean Peyton's offense.

Saints sign Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:47am

Lamont Smith, Twitter - [Full Article]

Agent Lamont Smith says that Pierre Thomas will remain with the Saints on a two-year extension.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas racked up 224 touches for 1,062 yards and five TDs as the lead back in the 2013 version of the Saints’ committee at running back. With Darren Sproles (and his 71 receptions) likely to be moved via trade, Thomas’s catches aren’t likely to take much of a hit. The team has shown signs of moving to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson more in the running game, so PT is not likely to push 150 carries again in 2014. Still, he’ll be a regular part of the rotation in a potent offense and should be a good value in the later rounds. In PPR formats, he has finished in the top 30 in PPG in five of the last six seasons.

Mark Ingram preparing for bigger role in 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:09pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

Whether Pierre Thomas remains with the team or not, Mark Ingram and second-year tailback Khiry Robinson appear to be the future at running back for the Saints after successful outings in two postseason games last season.

Ingram began to shine late in the 2013 season with a bruising performance in Week 16 against Carolina with 83 rushing yards on 13 carries. He carried that forward for 97 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown in the Saints' wild-card playoff win in Philadelphia.

The Saints have apparently recognized Ingram's progression late in the season, even though Ingram's second-quarter fumble overshadowed his average of 4.9 yards per carry in the NFC divisional loss in Seattle.

Fantasy Impact:

If Thomas remains, the Saints will still likely use a rotation at RB as they have in recent years. If Thomas is released, Ingram and Robinson would certainly see a bump in value.

Khiry Robinson to assume larger role in Saints backfield
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:46am

Louis Riddick, Twitter - [Full Article]

Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram also '15 UFA's just like Sproles would have been. Going to be the Khiry Robinson show for Saints in '14.

Fantasy Impact:

This is an overstatement, what with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram still on the roster. There are rumors that Thomas will be cut, but the team may hold onto him after releasing Darren Sproles. We like what Robinson brings to the table, but he was playing behind Thomas and Ingram in 2013 and that's not likely to change in 2014 if both players are still around. Travaris Cadet could also assume Sproles's old role.

Report: Saints to cut Darren Sproles
Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:54pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Saints are cutting RB Darren Sproles, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not a huge shock for the cash-strapped Saints, though it may indicate that Pierre Thomas is safe since the team needs a pass-catching RB. Sproles numbers fell off a bit in 2013. After finishing #5 and #13 in 2011 and 2012 (in PPR), Sproles finished #23 in that format last season. He'll land on his feet in free agency.

Pierre Thomas's future with Saints in doubt
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:26am

nola.com - [Full Article]

The agent for New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas said Tuesday the team has reached out to discuss Thomas' future with the Saints. But Lamont Smith, Thomas' agent, wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future.

Thomas is entering the final year of his contract with the Saints and is set to count $2.9 million against the 2014 salary cap. With the Saints in a financial bind heading into 2014, Thomas could be a candidate to become a salary cap casualty as the Saints would save all of Thomas' $2.9 million cap figure with no dead money attached.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas was an important cog in the Saints' offense in 2013 (224 touches, leading the team), but the Saints could replace his production with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram (who looked a bit better last season) and Khiry Robinson. Robinson would likely see the biggest jump in workload if Thomas is not around in 2014.

Pierre Thomas OUT for Saints
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 3:30pm

Saints Inactives
RB Pierre Thomas
QB Ryan Griffin
DB Terrence Frederick
S Jordan Pugh
LB Rufus Johnson
DT Tyrunn Walker
WR Nick Toon

Fantasy Impact:

Look for Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson to see extra carries against a tough Seattle defense.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014, 7:03pm

Saints Inactives
Isa Abdul-Quddus FS
Keyunta Dawson DE
Terrence Frederick DB
Ryan Griffin QB
Pierre Thomas RB
Nick Toon WR
Tyrunn Walker DE

Fantasy Impact:

Darren Sproles will likely get most of Thomas's snaps in the passing game, while Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson should pick up most of his carries.

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Pierre Thomas (chest) ruled OUT for WC game
Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:42pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

The Saints have ruled RB Pierre Thomas (chest) out for Saturday's game against the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

Darren Sproles will likely get most of Thomas's snaps in the passing game, while Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson should pick up most of his carries.