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23 Pierre Thomas RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/215 | Birthdate: 12/18/1984 | Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Illinois | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 72/9 | Average Draft Position: 84.49
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Pierre Thomas among three Saints ruled out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Saints ruled out running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) for Thursday's game at Carolina.

Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Saints running backs Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (shoulder) missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It appears both will miss Thursday's game at Carolina, leaving Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet to handle backfield duties.

Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson listed as non-participants


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) The Saints did not practice Monday ahead of Thursday's game at Carolina. But if they had, running backs Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) would not have participated, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Both sat out Sunday's win over the Packers.


Saints announce Week 8 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Saints declared running backs Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm), linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle), center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), wideouts Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste inactive for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

Saints rule out backs Thomas, Robinson against Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Running backs Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) have been ruled out by the Saints for the Sunday game against Green Bay.

Their absences should mean increased work for Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet.


Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson unable to practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Saints running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and running back Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) were held out of practice again Thursday. The Saints are preparing to play the Packers in Week 8.

Pierre Thomas sits as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas did not practice Wednesday, as expected. The team listed him with shoulder and rib injuries. Reports have suggested Thomas will miss two to three games, but the team has not confirmed that.

Report: Pierre Thomas to miss 2-3 weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who suffered a shoulder injury Sunday at Detroit, will miss two or three games, reports NFL Network. Thomas has rushed 30 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 204 yards and another score.

Thomas will miss Week 8 against the Packers and Week 9 at Carolina, according to the report. The Saints, however, have not updated Thomas' status. Travaris Cadet will fill in as New Orleans' pass-catching back while Thomas is sidelined.


Saints backfield picture no clearer following Mark Ingram's return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) With the return of Mark Ingram, we got our first glimpse of how the Saints running backs might be used in Week 7 against the Lions. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to take from the game, thank to the stifling defense played by the Lions.

Ingram and Pierre Thomas received the most work, but neither was particularly effective in the game. Ingram ran the ball 10 times for 16 yards, while Thomas had just 13 yards on six carries -- lead-footed quarterback Drew Brees also had 13 yards, on just one carry. The team was actually led by Khiry Robinson, who racked up 26 yards on three carries.

Thomas was a bit more active in the passing game, hauling in four passes for 17 yards. However, Travaris Cadet was still the top receiver out of the backfield with six receptions for 51 yards, which is bad news for Thomas. Ingram and Robinson might be the top rushing options on the roster, so Thomas needs to make his name as a receiving option if he is going to be Fantasy relevant.

At this point, the Saints have four options out of the backfield, all of whom can be dynamic playmakers when given the chance. Things should be easier moving forward, as the Lions' rushing defense is arguably the league's toughest. However, with so many mouths to feed, it might be tough for Fantasy owners to rely on anyone here until their roles get a bit clearer. 


Travaris Cadet fills in well for Pierre Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) With Saints running back Pierre Thomas leaving early with a shoulder injury, running back Travaris Cadet drew nine targets Week 7 at Detroit. Cadet caught six balls for 51 yards, the second time in three games he's recorded six receptions.

Cadet has 15 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown over the last three games.

Thomas rushed six times for 13 yards and caught all four of his targets for 17 yards before suffering the injury in the third quarter. His status will be updated throughout the week.

New Orleans hosts Green Bay in Week 8.


Pierre Thomas has shoulder injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter at Detroit and is not expected to return to the game, reports the Detroit Lions Radio Network.

Pierre Thomas heads to locker room


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas took a big hit following a third-quarter reception and stayed down for several moments before heading to the loker room. The team has not announced the injury.

Saints' probables cleared to face Lions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Several Saints who were probable on the injury report are active for the game at Detroit. The list includes running back Pierre Thomas (illness), center Jonathan Goodwin (knee), cornerback Keenan Lewis (toe) and linebacker Ronald Powell (illness).

Saints RB Pierre Thomas expected to play through illness Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas told reporters he's still battling an illness, but insisted that he'll play Week 7 at Detroit, per ESPN. Thomas was a limited participant in practice on Friday and has been listed as probable for Sunday's game.

Illness prevents Saints RB Thomas from practicing Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas was absent from Thursday practice with an illness.

Thomas is coming off his most productive game of the season. He snagged eight passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in a victory over Tampa Bay, but he's averaging just 4.8 carries per game this year.


Saints' running back situation a bit dodgy now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected back in the lineup Week 7 at Detroit, but how much he'll play coming off a three-game, four-week absence for a broken hand is to be determined.

Starting him in Fantasy already causes enough anxiety, what with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson also in the picture. Robinson performed well in Ingram's absence and could spell him more in the beginning as a result, and Thomas, because of his receiving ability, could play more if the Saints' fall behind, which is distinctly possible given that the Lions are No. 1 against the pass.

They're not such a great matchup for the running backs either, allowing just 73.5 rushing yards per game, second-fewest in the league.

If you're going to start a Saints running back in standard leagues, it should probably be Ingram since he's the best bet to get the ball at the goal line, but you probably shouldn't start a Saints running back in standard leagues. Thomas is OK in points-per-reception leagues.


Pierre Thomas steps up for Jimmy Graham


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) With star tight end Jimmy Graham going down early with a shoulder injury, Saints running back Pierre Thomas became a prime target underneath for quarterback Drew Brees Week 5 against Tampa Bay, making a season-high eight catches for 77 yards. He scored two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.

The performance came at a time when Thomas needed to show Fantasy owners he still has something to contribute. His touchdown in Week 3 was the only thing keeping him relevant the last three weeks.

With the Saints on bye in Week 6 and starting running back Mark Ingram expected back from a broken hand in Week 7, Thomas was looking like a candidate to drop in leagues of 12 teams or fewer, but this performance is enough to give you pause, especially with Graham's status up in the air.

He may not be of any value in Week 6, but two touchdowns is enough to buy Thomas two more weeks on my roster.


Saints RB Pierre Thomas turns in excellent game Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas turned in a fantastic game Week 5 against the Buccaneers.

Thomas wasn't as much of a factor on the ground, though he did manage a rushing touchdown. He finished with four carries for 35 yards. Thomas made a much larger impact in the passing game. He led the team with eight receptions for 77 yards. He also managed a receiving touchdown from 15 yards out. Thomas was targeted 10 times, which ranked second on the club.

The Saints are on a bye Week 6. 


Travaris Cadet gets big passing-game role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Travaris Cadet, not Pierre Thomas, was the Saints' preferred passing-down back Sunday night at Dallas. Cadet caught all six of his targets for 59 yards, including a 31-yard gainer, while Thomas was limited to two receptions on two targets for 15 yards.

Cadet, however, lost a fumble with just under two minutes left in the blowout loss. He was not a factor as a runner, carrying once for 1 yard.

A third-year pro, Cadet entered the game with eight career catches, one this season. He'll face the Buccaneers in Week 5.

Saints backfield split could still lead to Fantasy success


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Saints split Mark Ingram's lost playing time between Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson in Week 3 against the Vikings, though Robinson was the big winner.

Thomas saw 41.4 percent of the team's offensive snaps through the first two games, a number that jumped up to 49 percent as he accounted for 51 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. However, he took a big backseat to Robinson in the running game, just as he did when Ingram was healthy.

Robinson was a total non-factor in the passing game, but led the team with 69 rushing yards on 18 carries. Prior to Week 3, Ingram had accounted for 27.6 percent of the team's offensive snaps, while Robinson was seeing the field just 17.9 percent of the time. Robinson pretty much took on Ingram's role Sunday, as he played 41 percent of the team's snaps.

Thomas should continue to be the team's back in passing downs, but Robinson looks like the workhorse in the passing game. If this distribution stays constant moving forward, Robinson could find a great deal of success in Week 4, against a Cowboys defense that is allowing 5.0 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

Robinson is still available in 28 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, but he should be a solid starting option in Week 4. Consider adding him if available. 


Touchdown highlights mediocre game for Pierre Thomas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Saints versatile back Pierre Thomas did a little bit of everything Sunday against Minnesota. He managed 30 yards on eight rushing attempts and added three catches for 21 yards.

He also did something he had yet to do this season - score. Thomas busted through the line for a 1-yard touchdown to cap the opening drive of the game. But his production waned markedly after intermission with just three carries for three yards.

Thomas will try to improve his numbers next Sunday night in Dallas.


Pierre Thomas does double-take Sunday with modest numbers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Saints versatile running back Pierre Thomas didn't do much in Cleveland on Sunday but put up rather unusual numbers.

Thomas had three carries for 16 yards and three catches for 16 yards. He touched the ball just once afrter intermission and ran for seven yards.


Pierre Thomas remains big in passing game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Despite rumors this preseason that Pierre Thomas would cede some of his snaps to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, the eighth-year running back still played a major role Week 1 at Atlanta.

He was most instrumental in the passing game, catching six passes (on seven targets) for 58 yards, but he still got the second-most carries of the Saints' three running backs, rushing seven times for 31 yards.

Ingram and Robinson looked good enough running the ball, combining for three touchdowns, that Thomas may not gain any ground there, but he should remain the primary pass-catcher of the three Week 2 at Cleveland.

And in the Saints' pass-heavy offense, that may be the best role to have.


Pierre Thomas could make statement


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Carrying the ball just three times in two games this preseason games didn't exactly relieve concerns of Pierre Thomas playing a reduced role in the Saints running game this season -- a possibility he acknowledged earlier this preseason -- but he has the right matchup to make a statement Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons were dreadful against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, second-most in the league. Thomas himself took advantage in the second of the two games the Saints played against them last year, picking up 73 yards on 10 carries and 57 on five catches Week 12 at Atlanta.

That second number should give Fantasy owners hope for this matchup. With Darren Sproles and Lance Moore out of the picture, Thomas should still play a significant role in the passing game. He led all running backs with 77 catches last year and had four catches for 66 yards in one of his two preseason games.

CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analyst Jamey Eisenberg likes Thomas enough with this matchup to rank him 21st among running backs this week. Dave Richard isn't as optimistic, ranking him 37th.


Pierre Thomas racks up 79 yards to total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas had another productive showing Saturday night against the Colts in exhibition play.

Thomas compiled 79 yards of total offense. He played the first half and finished with four catches for 66 yards and five targets. He took a backseat to Mark Ingram in the running game and finished with just three carries for 13 yards.