Heading into training camp this year, the New Orleans Saints looked like they were going to be featuring their running backs a bit more in 2013. Both Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas were thought by some to be fantasy football sleepers in fact. Boy, was that assumption wrong.
Thomas, specifically, is probably owned in some leagues still — this is the part where I say if you own Ingram that you are way beyond repair. But, Thomas has ran the ball only 25 times through three games for 100 yards. He has also caught 14 passes for 74 yards. In most standard leagues that would equate to an average of just under six points per week.
Darren Sproles, like I said about a month ago, has been the only Saints back that fantasy owners should be interested in. He has rushed for 65 yards and caught 16 passes for 163 yards.
This brings me to the point, here: If you own Thomas, give it your best shot to trade him — although I doubt you have any luck. If you don’t get rid of him before this week, you will continue to waste a roster spot.
The Saints have made it clear that Drew Brees is again on pace for 5,000 yards passing and that’s how their offense will be ran. Brees has tossed an average of 42.3 times per game thus far and is already over the 1,000-yard mark through three games. If this is any indication for what’s to come — bear in mind they are undefeated — then the running backs will continue to suffer in their production.
For the Saints, this isn’t a bad thing. Brees is one of the best in the business and they can win that way. It’s that simple. For fantasy owners, though, it is a sign for a long season. Again, drop Thomas — and Ingram — now if you’re looking to make the best possible move for your squad.