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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%: 95/43 | Average Draft Position: 84.26
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Pierre Thomas hopes to run ball better in 2014


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas is happy to be back in New Orleans this year, and he expects a better season than he had in 2013, reports ESPN.

Thomas had a career-high 77 receptions last year, which led all running backs in the NFL. He also gained 549 rushing yards, 513 receiving yards and scored five total touchdowns before suffering a season-ending chest injury in Week 17.

"It was a good season for me last year, but I feel like there was some areas I could do better," said Thomas. "The run game. I know I don't get a lot of carries, but I need to still focus on when I do get the carries, how to accomplish those runs."

Thomas played in exactly 50 percent of the Saints' regular-season snaps. And he could potentially play a similar role this year, even with younger backs Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet clamoring for more snaps.

Now that Darren Sproles is gone, Thomas should be featured heavily in the Saints' passing formations since he's their best receiver out of the backfield and their most reliable pass protector. He may lose some rushing yards but gain receiving yards as his role shifts slightly.


Pierre Thomas still Fantasy relevant


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) The Saints made a surprising move Wednesday by keeping running back Pierre Thomas with a two-year extension. And he should still have plenty of Fantasy value in 2014.

Thomas was the No. 23 running back in standard leagues in 2013, and he led all running backs with 77 catches. Now that Darren Sproles is expected to be released, Thomas could be even more of a factor in the passing game.

Sproles was fourth among running backs with 71 receptions, and Thomas will almost excusively play on passing downs for the Saints over Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram. Don't go overboard and expect 100-plus catches for Thomas, but he should have the chance for 80-plus based on Sean Payton's offense.

Along with Thomas' rushing totals -- he's had 100-plus carries for three consecutive seasons -- he should be able to replicate last year's 1,000-total yard campaign with five touchdowns. He makes for a solid No. 3 Fantasy running back in standard leagues and a low-end No. 2 option in PPR formats.

And if Robinson or Ingram fail to deliver on rushing downs, then Thomas could be a nice steal with a mid- to late-round pick.


Pierre Thomas gets two-year extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who was considered a candidate for release, signed a two-year extension with the team, reports The Advocate. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Thomas is now signed through 2016.


Pierre Thomas agent: No word on possible trade


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) The agent for Saints top runnng back Pierre Thomas has reported that his client's situation with the team remains the same despite trade rumors. The Saints have worked to clear cap space as free agency kicks off on Tuesday.

Lamont Smith tweeted that he could neither confirm nor deny that the team is working to deal Thomas, who compiled 1,062 yards rushing and receiving combined last year.


Saints set to overhaul running back corps?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) The Saints appear to be on the brink of a makeover at running back. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team is shopping running back Pierre Thomas and "even could be open" to trading running back Darren Sproles.

Thomas had 224 touches last year for the Saints, totaling 1,062 yards and five touchdowns while Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas is set to make over $2.5 million in 2014 while Sproles is due over $3 million. 


Ominous 'no comment' from Pierre Thomas' agent?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Pierre Thomas' agent said the Saints reached out to discuss the running back's future with the team, but "wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Thomas, 29, is entering the final year of his deal. The paper says he could be a cap casualty because the Saints would save all of his $2.9 million cap figure. Running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson carry a combined $2.8 million cap figure for 2014, the report said.


Pierre Thomas in danger of being cut?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who led the Saints with 549 rushing yards and ranked second with 77 catches, is a potential candidate for release, according to multiple reports. Thomas missed two playoff games with a rib injury, and Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson picked up the slack nicely.

"Could the combination of the running game faring well in the playoffs without him and the fact the Saints would save $2.9 million by cutting Thomas mean the end of the line for him in New Orleans?" the New Orleans Times-Picayune speculated.

Thomas, 29, averaged 3.7 yards per carry this season, the second-lowest average of his career.


Saints, Seahawks continue battle before battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) A second pre-game scuffle took place before the game between the Saints and Seahawks in Seattle, according to various reports. This one pitted Saints tight end Jimmy Graham against Seahawks defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Graham and Sherman had to be separated.

Pierre Thomas red-lighted for battle against Seahawks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for the Saturday playoff clash at Seattle with a chest problem. He had been listed as questionable.

Questionable pair headlines Saints injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Two key Saints players are listed as questionable for the Saturday playoff game against the Seahawks. They are running back Pierre Thomas (chest) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle).

All of their teammates are pretty much certain to play. Tackle Terron Armstead (knee), cornerback Keenan Lewis (head/neck) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) are probable.


Pierre Thomas a long shot to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas is a long shot to play Saturday against the Seahawks. 

Thomas is dealing with a chest injury, and hasn't been able to return to practice yet. Given the team's depth at running back, and Mark Ingram's recent success, it doesn't seem like there's a big need for Thomas to push himself too early. 


Pierre Thomas still sidelined


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who led the team in rushing during the regular season, missed Wednesday's practice with a chest injury, reports WVUE-TV. Thomas missed the playoff win in Philadelphia and his status is uncertain for Saturday's visit to Seattle.

Saints' running game picking up at right time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) The Saints averaged 79.8 rushing yards per game over their first eight games. Over the final eight, they averaged 104.4. The running game continued to do its part in the playoff win in Philadelphia, producing 185 yards as Mark Ingram gained 97 yards on 18 carries and Khiry Robinson netted 45 yards on eight totes.

New Orleans played without leading rusher Pierre Thomas (chest).

“I love the fact that the coaches had the faith in me and the other backs to run the ball a lot in the game," Ingram told The Advocate.

The Saints likely will find it tougher to run against the Seahawks on Saturday. In Week 13 at Seattle, New Orleans gained 44 yards on 17 carries in a 34-7 loss.


Saints issue inactive for Wild Card game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) The Saints have ruled the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game at Philadelphia: Pierre Thomas, Ryan Griffin, Terrence Frederick, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Keyunta Dawson, Tyrunn Walker and Nick Toon.

Pierre Thomas ruled out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out of the team's first playoff game.

Thomas is dealing with a chest injury, and was unable to practice throughout the week. It's the first time this season Thomas will miss a game.


New injury for Pierre Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas missed Wednesday's practice with a chest injury, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It is a new injury for Thomas, who dealt with an eye problem last week but was able to practice fully.

Thomas, who has 1,062 yards from scrimmage, was the only offensive player to miss practice ahead of Saturday's playoff game in Philadelphia.


Pierre Thomas continues stumble despite score


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Saints all-purpose back Pierre Thomas finished his second-half fade in 2013 on Sunday, though he did manage one sparkling moment in the defeat of Tampa Bay.

Thomas recorded an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left in the third quarter to give his team a 35-17 lead and all but secure the victory.

He finished with just 20 yards on seven carries, however, giving him 30 attempts for a mere 63 yards in his last five games combined. He also caught just one pass in the win, matching his season low.


Saints clear Pierre Thomas for Sunday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) An eye issue will not keep Saints running back Pierre Thomas from suitng up Sunday against Tampa Bay. He had been listed as probable.

Seven Saints probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Saints TE Josh Hill, RB Pierre Thomas, S Rafael Bush, LB Keyunta Dawson, LB Kevin Reddick, T Terron Armstead and G Jahri Evans are probable Week 17. 

All seven were able to get through full practice Friday. Thomas is dealing with an eye injury, but should play.


Saints backup running backs struggle Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Saints RB Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson and FB Jed Collins did little Week 16 against  the Panthers.

Thomas carried the ball four times for 8 yards. He also caught five passes for 7 yards. Robinson was the primary backup to Mark Ingram, carrying six times for 18 yards. Collins had three carries for 8 yards. He caught two passes for 3 yards.


Saints backfield tandem combines for 15 catches against Rams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Saints pass-catching backs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas did what they do best on Sunday, but what they did not do hurt their team in its loss at St. Louis. And that is get into the end zone.

Sproles rushed for 24 yards on seven carries and caught eight passes for 38 yards. Thomas managed 21 yards on eight attempts and added seven receptions for 62 yards. They were targeted a combined 18 times.

Both did most of their work in the first half, after which Thomas had 59 yards through the air and Sproles had 16 yards rushing and 18 receiving. Thomas hasn't scored in the last five games whiles Sproles hasn't visited the end zone in the last four.

The backfield duo will try to change that next Sunday at Carolina.


Fading Pierre Thomas a risky Fantasy play in Week 15


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Great timing, Pierre Thomas. Way to fade just in time for the Fantasy playoffs.

That's what his owners are thinking right now. The Saints all-purpose back has done virtually nothing the last two weeks after emerging as one of the better point producers at his position in PPR leagues.

Thomas has a grand total of 14 yards on 11 carries and eight catches for 35 yards in his last two games with no touchdowns. He had been on a seven-week tear in which he had risen above backfield mates Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram to become a strong Fantasy threat.

Week 15 foe St. Louis hasn't faced a pass-catching back with the resume of Thomas, but their defensive ranks are all over the map. They are 13th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1,415), but 28th in rushing touchdowns surrendered (15). They rank 22nd in passing yards yielded (3,234), but eighth in touchdowns given up through the air (19).

Bottom line? Thomas must perform better to be worthy of inclusion in Fantasy lineups and his owners can no longer depend on that. He remains a viable second back or flex option in deeper PPR leagues, but if you have a more dependable play, get Thomas out of your lineups this week.


Pierre Thomas struggles again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) After rushing for zero yards on four carries Week 13, Saints running back Pierre Thomas wasn't much more effective Week 14. He ran seven times for 14 yards and caught all four of his targets for 14 yards.

Thomas has 49 yards from scrimmage the past two weeks after going off for 130 total yards Week 12.

Stuck in a crowded backfield, Thomas visits the Rams in Week 15.


Which Saints running back can your trust in Week 14?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/6/2013) The Saints face the Panthers at home in Week 14, and that's a tough matchup for running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. They should only be considered as flex options in PPR leagues this week.

Thomas is the better of the two because he has at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games. At home, Thomas has 37 Fantasy points in his past three games against Buffalo, Dallas and San Francisco. The good thing for Thomas, which helps him in PPR leagues, is he had at least four catches in five games in a row and 10 games this year.

Sproles, meanwhile, only has three games this season with more than six Fantasy points in a standard league. All three of those games have come at home, which is positive, and he does have six games this year with six or more catches, including Week 13 at Seattle.

Only five running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Panthers this season and just one since Week 7. What could help Thomas and Sproles is four running backs have caught at least five passes against the Panthers. But only four running backs have scored against Carolina all season.

Thomas has more upside based on his workload, but Sproles is still a decent option in PPR leagues because of his catch potential. But both remain risky because of the matchup.


Pierre Thomas rendered irrelevant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who accounted for 130 yards from scrimmage Week 12, was a non-factor in the Week 13 loss at Seattle.

He finished with four carries for zero yards after being stopped for a 4-yard loss on New Orleans' first offensive play.  Thomas caught all four of his targets for 21 yards.

He'll play the Panthers in Week 14.