It’s tough to predict what Pierre will do in 2010, but there’s no doubt his fantasy numbers will increase (if he stays healthy, of course). Mike Bell and his 172 carries in 2009 have moved on to the green pastures of Philadelphia, so more touches out of the backfield figure to be coming Thomas’ way. However, the Saints liked what they saw out of Reggie Bush last year, especially in the playoffs, and Lynell Hamilton shouldn’t be ignored as a guy who can take over Bell’s role, so Pierre’s numbers may not increase to the level one might think. He’s still a highly versatile back who can do most anything the team asks of him, so don’t be afraid to give him the RB2 role on your fantasy team this year.
~ Mike Bell is gone, so Pierre should take on a larger role
~ Thomas’ production depends a lot on the role coach Sean Payton sees Reggie Bush and Lynell Hamilton taking on, so pay close attention
~ As much as it seems like the Saints are a pass-first team, they ranked 15th in the league in passing attempts and 7th in rushing attempts in 2009