Pierre Thomas' Instant Fantasy Value After Darren Sproles' Injury

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 3, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 06: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Though running back Pierre Thomas had been reasonably productive through the first eight weeks of the 2013 NFL season, his fantasy value certainly jumped after the New Orleans Saints lost Darren Sproles during their Week 9 clash with the New York Jets. 

Heading into the tilt at MetLife Stadium, Thomas had racked up at least 90 all-purpose yards in each of his last three games, but head coach Sean Payton's offense has relied upon both Thomas and Sproles to carry the mail from the backfield thus far. 

However, if Sproles misses extended time, Thomas will obviously be leaned on more heavily to get the job done on the ground in a dynamic offense. He's bound to be an impact back until the former San Diego Charger returns to action.   

After Sproles' exit, Thomas was only able to register 24 yards on six carries but picked up 66 yards on seven catches.

Thomas has been New Orleans' No. 1 back through the first eight weeks of the season, as he's been regularly seeing double-digit carries for the Saints in addition to the 24 combined receptions he's hauled in during his last five games.

And that workload will only increase from here while Sproles is out of commission. As a result, expect Thomas to finally break 100 total yards in the near future, making him a strong RB2 in standard fantasy leagues.

Thomas has racked up 253 yards on the ground and another 224 through the air. Expect those numbers to increase significantly as long as the former Illinois standout is working without his running mate in the fold.