Saturday, July 18, 2009

Potential Sleeper: Pierre Thomas

In New Orleans, the backfield continues to boggle the minds of everyone. Reggie Bush has yet to impress fantasy owners, proving the naysayers right with his inability to rush between the tackles and make it in the NFL. Duece McAllister quickly faded into the abyss in 2008 and, after his release from the Saints a few months ago, is no longer a factor. Aaron Stecker caused some excitement out of owners in 2007, but '08 was just another less-than-average year for the back.

This leaves us with Pierre Thomas. In each of the last six weeks last season (did not play week 17), Thomas rushed the ball 11 times or more, gaining less than 77 yards just once, while scoring six touchdowns. He averaged 18.8 points per game during those six weeks, nearly two points higher than what overall RB leader DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers averaged over the entire season.

To say that Pierre Thomas is absolutely going to be a hit this season is a stretch. Frankly, it's a hit or miss. If the Saints are ready to give Reggie Bush a smaller role, Thomas has the ability to step up and produce big time.

He is entering his third season in the league, which means that he has a future. How successful he will be remains to be seen.

Where To Draft
On your fantasy roster, drafting Thomas as a #2 RB would be an ideal fit, but if you can snag him in the middle rounds for your bench, then go ahead and do it.

(Rankings and averages based on ESPN standard scoring)

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