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Pierre Thomas | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 215
College: Illinois
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Pierre Thomas was held to two carries for eight yards in Week 4 against Dallas.
He added two catches for 15 yards. The Saints used Travaris Cadet as their primary passing down back, with Thomas getting just four touches. He's showed signs of decline in his age-29 season and is on track for just 776 total yards. Thomas will be just a low-end FLEX play in Week 5 against the Bucs. Sep 29 - 1:07 AM

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Pierre Thomas rushed eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 3 win over the Vikings, adding three catches for 21 yards.

Thomas got the Saints' only true goal-line carry of the day, capping off the opening drive with a one-yard plunge. It was not an indication that he's ahead of Khiry Robinson for goal-line looks, however, as Thomas' score came as the Saints quick snapped the Vikings after a Thomas reception set New Orleans up at the Minnesota one-yard line. We fully expect Robinson, who out-carried Thomas 18-8, to get those carries going forward. Thomas remains a mere FLEX play in standard leagues.
Sep 21 - 5:09 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 16 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Thomas got the start, but was used sparingly with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson pounding the ball on the ground and Drew Brees throwing most passes to Jimmy Graham. Thomas owners are going to have to put up with inconsistent numbers in a three-man backfield. We still like Thomas as a RB2/3 in PPR leagues. He should fare better next week at home against Minnesota.
Sep 14 - 5:45 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed 7 times for 31 yards and caught 6 passes for 58 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss in Atlanta.

Thomas was locked in as the passing-down back for the Saints all day, making several big plays on third down to keep drives alive. Of all the Saints' backs, his role in the offense seemed the most secure. He will continue to be a FLEX consideration in standard leagues, and should flirt with RB2 value in PPR formats.
Sep 7 - 4:44 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed three times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 66 yards in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday night.

The Saints utilized a near-even three-back timeshare of Mark Ingram, Thomas, and Khiry Robinson. All signs point to similar regular season usage. Thomas is clearly the best PPR pick, and has seven receptions this preseason. An underrated PPR RB2, Thomas will be a weekly flex option regardless of format this year.
Aug 23 - 10:53 PM

Pierre Thomas expects his pass-game role to expand this season.

"I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," he said. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running." On paper, it makes sense as Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, who combined for 108 catches last year, are both gone. But Thomas already caught 77 balls last season, Khiry Robinson is underrated in the pass game and Brandin Cooks can do Sprolesian things. In reality, it's hard to see Thomas' box-score production making a significant leap, leaving him as a borderline RB2/3 in PPR formats. He'll turn 30 in December and averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per reception last year.
Aug 21 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett continues to expect "a pretty even split" in New Orleans' three-man backfield.

A New Orleans Times-Picayune story recently suggested Pierre Thomas had fallen down the depth chart, which may technically be true, but certainly doesn't mean he's lost his role. His snaps may actually increase this season with Darren Sproles gone, and neither Mark Ingram nor Khiry Robinson particularly adept in the passing game. Thomas remains a solid RB3 in standard leagues. You could sell him as a viable RB2/flex in PPR leagues, as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 2:14 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes it has "become apparent" that Pierre Thomas is now third in the Saints' running back pecking order, behind Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.

The Saints' website depth chart lists Thomas No. 3, and in camp Thomas has reportedly begun taking second-team reps while Ingram and Robinson share work with the ones. We wouldn't read into this. Thomas is by far the Saints' best passing-down back, and New Orleans is a pass-first team. He's a quality RB2/flex in PPR leagues. Ingram is probably the best value in non-PPR. With Darren Sproles out of the picture, Thomas should catch 65-plus balls again.
Aug 10 - 9:03 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the Saints to employ a "pretty even workload" split between their top three tailbacks this year.

Pierre Thomas is expected to man the "nickel/third-down role" vacated by Darren Sproles, while Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson share most of the ball-carrying heavy lifting. As usual, New Orleans' 2014 backfield will be tricky to evaluate from a fantasy perspective on a week-by-week basis. Thomas is the best PPR pick, while Ingram offers the best value in touchdown-heavy leagues at his 13th-/14th-round ADP. Robinson's ADP is in the middle of round nine.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 3:54 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Pierre Thomas to get "a lot of snaps in the packages where we used to see (Darren) Sproles."

Over the last three seasons, Sproles averaged 77.3 catches for 660.3 yards and scored 16 receiving TDs. That production will be filled by a committee of Thomas, Brandin Cooks, and maybe Travaris Cadet. The Saints will also try to establish more power runs with Mark Ingram/Khiry Robinson. We're expecting Thomas' role to expand some, but he already caught 77 passes last year, so there's not too much room for growth in the passing game. The veteran is still a solid RB3 in half- and full-PPR formats.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 9:51 AM

Pierre Thomas' new three-year deal is worth $6.9 million.

Thomas agreed to a slight pay cut for 2014, seeing his total compensation slip from $2.9 million to $2.4 million. It's fully guaranteed, however. Going on 30, there's no guarantee Thomas will remain in New Orleans beyond 2014, but the price will be right if he has another strong year.
Mar 20 - 3:52 PM

Saints signed RB Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension through 2016.

The Saints dangled Thomas in trade talks, but wound up using this extension to lower his cap number instead. Expect a reduced role in 2014 as Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram ascend. Thomas, 29, finished 2013 with 147 carries for 549 yards (3.7 YPC) and two touchdowns, adding 77 receptions. He'll remain a low-ceiling, late-round flier in re-draft leagues. Robinson offers the most upside.
Mar 12 - 11:26 AM

Pierre Thomas' agent tweeted Thomas' relationship with the Saints was "status quo."

Free agent S Malcolm Jenkins sent out a tweet suggesting Thomas was let go early Saturday, but that appears to have been premature. Either way, Thomas' future with the Saints is murky at best. It would be surprising if he began the 2014 season in New Orleans.
Mar 8 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are "shopping" Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore, and "could be open" to dealing Darren Sproles.

The Saints need to clear cap space, and offloading Thomas and Moore would free up more than $5 million. Trading Thomas ahead of his age-30 season would also help clear the logjam in New Orleans' backfield. Thomas has been considered a candidate for release because of his $2.9 million cap number/salary, but he was by far the Saints most effective back in 2013. 2014 is the final year of his contract, so he could draw some trade interest.
Mar 6 - 4:01 PM

Pierre Thomas' agent says he's discussed Thomas' Saints future with the team.

However, Thomas' rep wouldn't comment on the details. Thomas is considered a candidate for release because the Saints could cut him loose and recoup the entirety of his $2.9 salary against the cap. There would be no dead money. Thomas was a huge part of the Saints' offense last season. Although he's going on 30, he wouldn't hurt for suitors on the open market.
Feb 25 - 10:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Austin Johnson
2Erik Lorig
WR11Marques Colston
2Brandin Cooks
3Joe Morgan
WR21Kenny Stills
2Robert Meachem
3Nick Toon
WR31Brandin Cooks
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
K1Shayne Graham