The Redskins are reportedly interested in former New Orleans Saints' back Pierre Thomas. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: PT Cruiser has had much success throughout his career as a receiving back, but he has talent as a pure rusher as well. The Redskins will only pursue him depending on how their draft goes, so nothing is set in stone yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pierre Thomas ran for 16 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards versus the Browns.
Fantasy Impact: Thomas did not see much action in this game with Ingram running the ball effectively and Brees locking in on Graham when the Saints went into comeback mode. With Ingram potentially being out for a month, Thomas could see an increase in playing time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.