Jun 10, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: New Orleans Saints RB Rundown

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No team has frustrated fantasy owners with their running back rotation more than the Saints have in recent years.  As a pass-first offense, rushing opportunities are limited anyway, and fantasy owners have struggled when those limited opportunities are divided unpredictably from week-to-week.

The Saints offense is prolific enough that there are fantasy opportunities to be seized especially with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles departing this offseason.  Choosing the right Saints back at the right time in your draft could result in a great value, but the roles of each of the running backs are largely undefined heading into week 3 of the preseason.

Here is my take on each of the Saints RB’s heading into a big weekend of fantasy football drafts. The rankings included are from my top 80 RB which came out last week and which will be updated later this week.

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Pierre Thomas

RB, New Orleans Saints

Probably the most productive overall fantasy running back on the Saints this year will be Pierre Thomas whose main value comes from his versatility in the passing game and near the goal line.  Thomas is a fringe RB3/flex option whose value increases to fringe RB2 in PPR leagues.  He probably won’t get as many carries as the other Saints options, but he is definitely the best receiving back on the team and he could get pick up some snaps from Darren Sproles role meaning he should be able to reach 75+ catches for the second year in a row barring injury.  
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Khiry Robinson

RB, New Orleans Saints

The running back that is best suited for the power running game and probably the best pure rusher of the bunch, is second-year back Khiry Robinson.  Robinson is a fine late-round add as a depth option, but he’ll be limited on a week-to-week basis unless Mark Ingram goes down again due to injury.  Robinson does have breakout potential, but he’ll need to emerge out of this three-back sharing system before he’ll be able to truly breakthrough.  
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Mark Ingram

RB, New Orleans Saints

Ingram and Robinson look to split the non-receiving down carries fairly evenly to start the season, and Ingram has actually been running ahead of Robinson so far this preseason.  The reason I have him a bit behind Robinson is two-fold: 1-his injury history, 2-his ceiling is a bit lower than Robinson.  Ingram probably won’t be a break out star, so he’s safe to leave on waiver wires or at the end of your bench in deep leagues to start the season.  
This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series. 

 

 

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