Week Fifteen Analysis:
After an impressive seven-game streak of productivity, Pierre Thomas has delivered back-to-back clunkers resulting in a total of 49 scoreless combo yards on fewer than 20 touches. While a great deal of that can be attributed to the stout defenses of Seattle and Carolina, he's also been losing red zone work to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Still, a matchup with the Rams puts Thomas back on the RB2 radar. The 16 touchdowns St. Louis has allowed to the position ranks 29th, and they also rank 30th in receiving yards, which is where Thomas really excels. He's a calculated risk this week.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Pierre Thomas has gained at least 80 combo yards in seven straight games, and his 130 yards last week was his highest total in his last 24 outings. He hasn't been nearly as consistent in the touchdown department—he's scored in just two of 11 games this year, although both were multiple-touchdown efforts. All things considered, we can probably expect the usual this week. Seattle hasn't allowed a touchdown to the position in four straight games, but they've given up an average of 172 combo yards during that span. Consider Thomas a high-floor, low-ceiling RB2 this week.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Make it six straight games of at least 80 combo yards for Pierre Thomas. He now leads all backs with 19 catches over the last three weeks, and he ranks second with 125 receiving yards during that span. He's also scored four times during the six-game hot streak, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down in Atlanta. Over the last four weeks, the Falcons have allowed six touchdowns and 191 combo yards per game to running backs. What's worse, Marshawn Lynch was the only top-25 back they faced during that deplorable four-game span. If Darren Sproles can't go, you can inch Thomas up even higher up the ranks.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Pierre Thomas has now reached at least 80 combo yards in five straight games, while averaging a very healthy 19 touches over that span. He's caught at least seven balls in three of those five games, and scored multiple touchdowns in two of them, so he's delivering in all scoring systems. The 49ers run defense has been shockingly ordinary this season, allowing 4.0 yards per carry and a touchdown per game to opposing backfields. They've given up over 100 combo yards to the subpar backfields of Carolina, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Arizona in their last four games, so there's nothing to be scared of in this matchup.
Week Ten Analysis:
Pierre Thomas has scored just four total touchdowns in 23 games over the last two seasons, but he's been cobbling together useful yardage throughout the last month. In his last four games, he's averaged 44 rushing yards, while chipping in another five catches for 45 yards per game. Although it looks like Darren Sproles will return this week, Thomas should still do some damage against Dallas. The Cowboys rank dead last against opposing backs in receptions and receiving yards, and only one team has allowed more than their three receiving touchdowns. It's a superb matchup for Thomas.
Week Nine Analysis:
Pierre Thomas' current three-game streak of productivity has directly coincided with Darren Sproles' three-game drought. Thomas has scored twice during the three-game span, while averaging 19 touches for 83 combo yards. Those kind of numbers will be hard to come by this week, as the Jets rank fourth against opposing backs in rushing yards, and first in receiving yards. Thomas has benefited greatly from his recent schedule, which has included Buffalo, and the injury-ravaged defenses of New England and Chicago. You can use him, but there's a strong possibility of a reality check.
Week Eight Analysis:
Darren Sproles is the pass-catching specialist, Khiry Robinson is the new Chris Ivory, and even depth guys like Travaris Cadet get inexplicable opportunities in the Saints' backfield rotation. In short, the Saints are flat out committed to never featuring their best all-around back, Pierre Thomas. Last week, coming off his best fantasy outing in years, Thomas received just 12 touches. While the 80 combo yards were nice, it was Sproles who was targeted a dozen times, with Robinson and Cadet vulturing the short scores. Only two teams have given up more rushing yards than Buffalo, but somehow they've surrendered just two scores to the position. Thomas is a fine bye-week filler, but not much more.
Week Six Analysis:
Pierre Thomas delivered one of the most surprising box scores of last week. Not only did he carry 19 times, but he went nuts in the passing game, catching nine balls for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With 28 catches, he's pulled even with Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte, and trails only Danny Woodhead. That's right—he has more catches than epitome of pass catching backs, Darren Sproles! We almost certainly just witnessed Thomas' best game of the year, but he's earned strong lineup consideration against a neutral Patriots run defense in what should be a fairly high-scoring contest.