Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints

by Cory J. Bonini on June 29, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT


Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | 5-foot-11, 215 pounds | 4th year

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RB Pierre Thomas, Saints

Pros: Thomas has shown he can get it done, and in his third pro season he set career highs in rushing yards (793), yards per attempt (5.4), receptions (39) and receiving yards (302). Thomas has scored 20 total touchdowns over the past two seasons, as well. Playing for a new contract beyond 2010 doesn't hurt Thomas' cause, either. The Saints boast a strong offensive line, and having quarterback Drew Brees running the show instills fear in the defense to keep them from playing up as much. Running back Mike Bell (Eagles) and his 172 carries are gone, so there's reason to believe Thomas' role will substantially increase. Backfield mate Reggie Bush is oft-injured, too.

Cons: The former Illinois back has had problems staying healthy. Bush will still scarf most of the third-down opportunities, and running back Lydell Hamilton could see an increased workload, especially near the painted stripe. The Saints became more balanced last year, but it's clear the offense goes through Brees' arm. Thomas can be streaky. He rushed for less than 4.0 yards per carry in six games last year. We don't know how he'll respond to increased touches.

Fantasy tip: Thomas is quite undervalued at this point. He is going in the early third round of most draft. You shouldn't over-draft him, though, so enjoy the value pick. He's an RB2 in almost all formats, and his value is slightly higher in leagues that award points for catches.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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