Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
|RB - #23||96.70||NO||Active||8 years||29||5'11||215||@Pierre_Thomas|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Kimra Schleicher
Pierre Thomas is one of the most underrated and underappreciated fantasy players. It is amazing how his stock drops on draft day in PPR leagues. He posted 77 receptions and had a combined 1,062 yards in 2013. His efforts earned him an overall ranking of RB16 in PPR. Although he only had five touchdowns, he is a PPR stud. With the departure of Darren Sproles (and his 71 receptions and 84 targets), many believe Thomas is the real winner here and he will continue to thrive. Thomas only dropped three balls and he is as efficient as they come at the position. He is not the biggest or the fastest RB, but he is a great receiver and his value remains very strong in all formats.
Editor's note: Thomas finished as RB17 last year and with the departure of Sproles, he's being drafted at RB23. Bargain time. Value play here, people.
The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Mark Ingram one more shot. The former first-round pick is entering a contract season. He has never surpassed more than 700 yards from scrimmage or five touchdowns in a season, but right now, he is on top of the team's running back depth chart.
Ingram ran with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice while Pierre Thomas worked with the second team. Head coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters" later in the day.
"He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up in our game. (Ingram) is smart. He's tough. He runs with good pad level. So far, he's doing well."
Ingram had a big game against Dallas in Week 10, but which running back didn't slice and dice that defense last season? Past that, he averaged 3.7 yards per carry and has never averaged four yards per carry in a season.
There might be a few more carries to go around with Darren Sproles now in Philadelphia, but that work could be taken up by Khiry Robinson or Travaris Cadet instead of Ingram.
Thomas remains the most valuable Saints running back for fantasy purposes because his proficiency as a runner and receiver. Ingram is an RB4 at best. I stopped waiting for a breakout some time ago.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/27 - Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|11.10||FFToolbox - Scott Atkins|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|11.10||Fantasy Football QB - Going back to this RB depth need: this pick made sense to me because Thomas can be unspectacular but serviceable for those weeks where another RB may be sidelined due to injury. He can do everything well in the backfield, but it's the situation that limits any upside with him.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|9.08||DraftSharks - I love this guy. He is New Orleans' best RB. I only hope Sean Payton finally treats him as such. If he does and Thomas stays healthy, he'll be among the most talked-about players in fantasy this year.|
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