By Matt Martens, Saints Correspondent, Wed, Mar 4th 8:21pm EST
Pierre Thomas has been released by the Saints a week before free agency is set to begin. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: The move truly signals that the Saints are set to go in a different direction at RB, considering it is unlikely the Mark Ingram returns as well. As for Thomas, he should have many suitors as he is still a very productive compliment to a backfield and can catch a lot of passes.
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Tue, Dec 16th 7:06pm EST
Pierre Thomas ran the ball 2 times for 11 yards and added 5 catches for 83 yards in Monday's win over Chicago.
Fantasy Impact: Thomas has a knack for having great games when he returns to his hometown of Chicago. The screen game was working extremely well. It could be a sign of things to come, or it could have simply been the dumpster fire that is the Bears. Either way, Thomas has another great matchup against Atlanta next week. He will be a RB3 or flex play with a dash of upside.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 2:26pm EST
Pierre Thomas put in his typical stat line as he rushed five times for 38 yards and added four catches for 14 yards. He's averaged 8 touches a game since he returned from injury.
Fantasy Impact: If Thomas is going to do any damage, it is going to be in the passing game. He has a nice matchup against the Bears, but at this point in the season, it would be very hard to trust him as a FLEX option.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Tue, Nov 25th 12:11pm EST
Pierre Thomas made his return to the field after being out for 4 games and contributed right away. He totaled 56 yards and was heavily involved in the passing game with 6 catches.
Fantasy Impact: He split touches with Mark Ingram with the Saints playing catchup for most of the game. Going forward, Thomas should still be a big part of the short passing game with Brandin Cooks out for a few more games.
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 1:07pm EST
Pierre Thomas returned to practice this week after a lengthy absence. He has been designated as probable and is expected to play.
Fantasy Impact: Thomas has missed a lot of time and Mark Ingram has taken full advantage of the situation. Ingram should continue to dominate the touches for New Orleans. Thomas is not an advisable start this week while he establishes a role in the offense.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Sat, Nov 22nd 9:04am EST
Pierre Thomas finally returned to practice after being out since week 7 of the season. He should see some playing time, but could be somewhat limited and eased back into the offense.
Fantasy Impact: The return of Thomas will not have a huge affect on Mark Ingram's workload. Mike Tripplet of ESPN suggest Thomas should get 4-5 carries per game, plus a healthy dose of receptions once he is back to 100%.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 9:39am EST
Pierre Thomas (shoulder/rib) was absent from Saints’ practice Thursday. He is considered a long shots to play Sunday. (Source: Mike Triplett | ESPN.com
Fantasy Impact: Thomas put in some individual work on Wednesday, but is still at least another week away from playing. Travaris Cadet does not seem to be a viable option for fantasy owners at this point. He rushed twice for nine yards in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the 49ers
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Thu, Oct 23rd 5:21pm EDT
Pierre Thomas has not practiced since being knocked out of last Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. He is considered a long shot to play this Sunday. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: The injury was initially reported to keep Thomas out 2-3 weeks, so this news is not surprising. The Saints did not elaborate further on his injury status. Owners should not expect to have the Pierre services this week.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 3:53pm EDT
Running back Pierre Thomas will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: Thomas will be missed in the passing game, but look for Travaris Cadet to become the main receiving threat out the backfield. Cadet stepped in for Thomas against the Cowboys in week 4 and preformed well. If he is available in your league, pick him up.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 6:02pm EDT
Thomas took a big hit on a third down play that knocked him out the game. No word yet on the extent of the injury, but he ended the game with 30 total yards.
Fantasy Impact: Thomas left the game with no assistance, so maybe the injury was not that bad. We will have to see what the reports are later on to see what his playing status will be for next week.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 12:43pm EDT
Thomas made the most of his 4 rushing attempts by scoring from 27 yards out in the 4th quarter. He also had 8 catches for 77 yards and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: The 112 total yards and 2 TDs were a complete surprise after barely touching the ball in week 4 against the Cowboys. Thomas will be a disappointment some weeks, but he is also capable of having big games when the Saints get him more involved.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 10:51am EDT
Thomas was barely used Sunday night. He only managed 2 carries and 2 catches for 23 total yards.
Fantasy Impact: For some reason, the Saints went with Travaris Cadet as their passing down back for most of the game. Not sure why Thomas was "demoted" but it could be injury related or the Saints coaches wanted to rest 29 year old running back. Either way, Thomas is a mere low end FLEX play at this point of his career.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 10:51pm EDT
Thomas gained 30 yards on eight carries and scored a rushing TD on the Saints opening drive.
Fantasy Impact: He also added 3 catches for 21 yards, but was out-carried 18-8 by Khiry Robinson. With Ingram out for a while, you should expect Thomas to continue to get 10 - 12 touches a game but lose rushing attempts to Robinson.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 7:55pm EDT
Pierre Thomas had a combined 89 yards against the Falcons on Sunday. He ran for 31 yards and caught 6 passes for 58 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Pretty good yardage total for Thomas. If you played him in a PPR league, his fantasy point total made him a decent flex play. Look for Thomas to post similar numbers as the 3rd down back next week against the Browns.
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:03am EDT
Pierre Thomas ran the ball 3 times for 13 yards in the Saint's 3rd preseason game. He added 4 catches for 66 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The roles look to be set for the New Orleans backfield. The way it sits currently, Pierre Thomas will have the most fantasy value, especially in half and full PPR leagues. Of the 3 backs, Thomas should be able to produce enough to be a weekly play. Thomas has an ADP of 93.
By Mark Massoud, Saints Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 3:15pm EDT
Pierre Thomas had 3 catches on 3 targets for 27 yards, but he had no carries in the win over the Tennessee Titans.
Fantasy Impact: We do not expect Thomas to get many carries in preseason since he is a proven veteran, but zero carries is pretty worrisome. Look for Thomas to became the third down pass catching back since Sproles is now in Philadelphia. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson look like they will be taking over the majority of the carries.
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 4:43pm EDT
Pierre Thomas has returned to practice after missing the first preseason game. Thomas was in full pads and participated in some full-team drills. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: It's good to see Thomas back in pads, but it would be nice to know why he was held out of Friday's game. Thomas should be the 3rd down RB. He is the best pass blocker and has the best hands of the Saints RB group.
By Hilton Guidry, Saints Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 3:24pm EDT
Pierre Thomas, who sat out Friday night's game with an injury, is the best pass-catching and pass-protecting back the Saints have on their roster and would still have a major role on 3rd downs. (Source: ESPN.com
Fantasy Impact: Even though both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson had terrific week one preseason games, expect Thomas to still produce in this offense. ESPN's Mike Triplett expects "similar overall production from all three backs this season." Triplett even offered some fantasy advice "don't reach too high for any of them, but pounce on all of them if they fall, since all three could provide good value."
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 1:13pm EDT
Pierre Thomas did not dress for the preseason opener against the Rams. It was previously unknown why he didn't play, but Thomas is now listed on the injury list. Coach Sean Payton would not comment on the injury after the game. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Fantasy Impact: These types of things do happen, but they are very peculiar. Thomas didn't dress for the game and didn't appear to even be on the sidelines. If Thomas is to miss any amount of time, Ingram and Robinson will receive a decent fantasy boost for those games.
By Mike Wright, Saints Correspondent, Mon, Aug 4th 2:17pm EDT
The Saints released an "unofficial" depth chart today. Pierre Thomas is currently sitting behind Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram. (Source: Larry Holder on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This is a little baffling. Thomas has repeatedly shown his ability to be a top level RB in all facets of an NFL game. There were rumblings over the offseason that Thomas was on the trading block, however Darren Sproles was moved instead. Thomas still has late-round value as a pass catcher, but apparently will need to surpass Mark Ingram to have strong fantasy relevance.
EDSFootball | Mar 5th
The Saints have released running back Pierre Thomas earlier today. #thankyou pic.twitter.com/ml6MHqFK6H— Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) March 4, 2015 Thomas, who turns 31 in December, carried the ball only 45 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 45 receptions...