2013 Fantasy Football Player to Avoid: New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas

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As you prepare for your fantasy football draft happening real soon, it is imperative that you do some research and find a few players that you are comfortable and confident with. The same goes for the exact opposite, although that’s sometimes tough to do.

Finding guys that you can honestly say you are not confident in, is sometimes a difficult task. However, it is important to do that sort of research before your draft. Otherwise, you may be picking players solely on your fantasy website’s rankings — which could be very dangerous.

At times, it is appropriate to draft best available. Other times, that’s the exact thing you should not do. There is strategy involved in this game; a lot of it. You have to find those guys that could be deep sleepers if you’re in a larger draft, but then the same goes for those guys that should not be taken.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is a guy you want to avoid this year. With the Saints mainly stressing the passing game, Drew Brees will more than likely approach 5,000 yards this year in effort to show that last season was a fluke. The Saints are not a running team, nor do they have a solidified number-one back.

Heck, one of their feature backs doesn’t even run the ball. Darren Sproles operates almost always in the passing game, not receiving many carries. It’s just how New Orleans plays — they pass the ball.

With Mark Ingram also splitting the very few carries New Orleans gives out, there are three backs that regularly get time. If I’m looking at Ingram as a potential late-round steal, I am dead wrong. Avoid him at all costs. In fact, avoid both he and Ingram. The only back worth grabbing in New Orleans will be Sproles because of his constant activity in the passing game.

Thomas is not a true number one back, nor can he handle the load if it was given to him. He won’t get enough carries to merit solid fantasy value in 2013, so steer clear and do not pick him up.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Devin O’Barr

    ALL reports out of New Orleans are that Ingram is getting a bigger role in the offense. This is also his first season in which he enters the year healthy. Not fair to cast him off and “avoid him at all costs.” In addition, Sean Payton has also said this year he does NOT want a super pass-heavy offense. Most of Brees attempts came last year when Saints were down. Not sure what you see here, Ryan.

    • Ryan Heckman

      I guess it’s more of a wait-and-see thing for the Saints offense, but over the past couple of years Ingram and Thomas have not been too relevant in the fantasy world. I also think Brees has a lot to prove after last season’s down year as a team. We’ll see what they decide to do, but in the end, Ingram and Thomas have to prove they’re worthy fantasy options. I wouldn’t draft either right now. Maybe halfway through the season I’ll change my mind. But, on the field, I don’t see much to convince me to draft them.

  • Devin O’Barr

    There are FAR worse players to draft than Ingram. Obviously he’s not a second-round pick, but if he’s there in the seventh round you’d be stupid not to pick him up. You didn’t even touch on Chris Ivory leaving town, which isn’t something to scoff at. Really no argument to have against Ingram, he’s healthy and reports already say that he will be featured in more packages. Have to see the writing on the wall in fantasy, not just go off of last year’s stats.