Pierre Thomas: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Saints RB

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17:   Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints   during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints' running back Pierre Thomas fizzled as a fantasy football option for most owners, as he was simply lost in the shuffle. 

But that all changed when the Saints took on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. 

Before the prime time breakout game for Thomas, he had a hard time finding carries thanks to being in a backfield with other talented backs. Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas all hawked carries from Thomas at one point or another. 

With the fantasy football season winding down, many owners need extra help. Deciphering exactly what is happening with Thomas and the rest of the Saints backfield could hold the keys to victory. 



Entering the game with the Falcons, Thomas only received 75 carries all season, which he turned into 341 yards and a score with a solid 4.5 yards per carry average. He had only recorded one 100-yard rushing game all season long. 

Against Atlanta, the New Orleans coaching staff gave Thomas a season-high 14 carries for 84 yards. 

It wasn't an eye-popping night for Thomas, but that was to be expected as the quarterback duel between Matt Ryan and Drew Brees stole the show.

Thomas played a nice complementary role and made the most of his carries. 



Attempting to predict the future for Saints running backs is next to impossible, but the game against Atlanta is a great sign for Thomas. 

With his coaches entrusting him with most of the load in a pivotal matchup, Thomas may have earned that trust for the rest of the season. The backfield is loaded with talent, but Thomas performed at a high level when needed. 

The issue for Thomas, at this point, is his lack of versatility.

Ingram and Ivory will still share some early-down responsibilities, while no one is capable of taking the third-down responsibilities away from the elusive Sproles. 

For now, it simply remains too risky to pick up Thomas in any fantasy leagues. There are safer, more consistent options available most of the time. 

Unless he has another breakout performance, no one should own Thomas in any leagues, no matter how many teams are involved.