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Saints: Pierre Thomas a Top Fantasy Player | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings

Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints

Pierre Thomas was a top twenty fantasy football running back on our draft boards for most of the off season. Unfortunately, the Saints fine product, suffered a knee injury in August and his fantasy ranking declined by the start of the season.

Thomas missed the first two weeks of the fantasy football season with that bum knee but came back strong.

In week three against the Buffalo Bills, Thomas pounded the rock only 14 times but had 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

In his second start last week against the New York Jets, Thomas had another strong game with 19 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown.

New York Jets v New Orleans Saints

This strong comeback has made Thomas’s fantasy football ranking sky rocket back up the boards, but will he continue this success?

A Reason to Believe

This week I’ve been talking about the difference between Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker in the Steelers running attack.

It is easy to see that Parker is not giving the team what they need and continues to have injury problems. On the other side of the coin, Mendenhall is now giving Pittsburgh what they need with good inside running and production at the goal line.

Their situation is similar to what the Saints went through last season, with Thomas and Reggie Bush.

Bush for all intents and purposes has been a horrible bust in fantasy football and in the NFL over his career. Part of the problem is that his knee has continued to have problems throughout his career.

The other problem is that Bush is horrible at trying to run inside the tackles. This part of a running back’s game is vitally important, if you’re going to be a starting tailback in the NFL.

These flaws, left the door wide open for Thomas in the second half of the last season. Thomas responded and had a fabulous ending to the fantasy football season.

Now, Thomas is off to another strong start to the season, and it is apparent that he will remain the top runner for this undefeated team.

Fantasy Football Rankings for Saints Running Backs

New York Jets v New Orleans Saints

Right now the only running back I would have on this team is Thomas. Maybe you could still have Bush in PPR fantasy football leagues but that is the only style of play, he is valuable in.

Mike Bell had a nice start to the season but as long as Thomas is around, Bell will be an after thought.

Look for Thomas to continue to have a fabulous season as the Saints main man in the back field.

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