Darren Sproles Injury: Pierre Thomas Best Fantasy Option with RB's Status Shaky

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 8, 2012

November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries up the field against the Philadelphia Eagles during second quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles was held out of practice again on Thursday after sustaining a broken hand, according to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune.

With the speedster's status in doubt for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, fantasy owners should rely on Pierre Thomas as a secondary option.

This would have been a rather obvious suggestion a week ago, but it was Chris Ivory who curiously received the most carries and produced the most fantasy points in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ivory received 10 carries and responded by rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown. This was despite not touching the football in the first seven games of the season.

This has led some fantasy owners to wonder whether Ivory is a better option than Thomas or Mark Ingram in the Saints' backfield.

But it's important not to be too reactionary in fantasy football. The fact of the matter is, Thomas has still scored the most fantasy points this season of the bunch. He has 49 fantasy points, per ESPN standard leagues. Ingram has 23, and Ivory has the 10 he scored in Week 9.

Thomas has not only rushed for 301 yards and a touchdown on 4.7 yards per carry, he's also the best receiving option out of the backfield if Sproles is to miss Week 10 (he's caught 17 balls for 171 yards this season). That's important given Drew Brees is the quarterback.

One more thing. 

In addition to catching two balls for 29 yards against the Eagles, Thomas also rushed for 44 yards on six carries (7.3 yards per carry), including a long of 19 yards. He made an impact even with limited touches.

I'm guessing that Ivory simply fit into the Saints' game plan against the Eagles. I don't see them continuing to give him more touches than Thomas.

The Falcons have allowed 4.9 yards per carry this season, 30th in the NFL. They've also allowed eight rushing touchdowns, tied for 22nd in the league.

Thomas is not only the best option to replace Sproles this week, the matchup projects he should have one of his best fantasy days of the season.


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