| Pierre Thomas ruled out, Ingram to carry load -- Wed Oct 29 5:24 pm --|
Khiry Robinson listed as questionable
|Charlotte -- New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, linebacker David Hawthorne and fullback Austin Johnson are out for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Tight end Jimmy Graham, running back Khiry Robinson, linebacker Kyle Knox and center Jonathan Goodwin are listed as questionable.
FF Today's Take: Saints running back Mark Ingram will get the bulk of the work on rushing downs while Travis Cadet will once again take over some of Pierre Thomas' role in the passing attack. The Panthers have been the fifth worst rush defense (135 rushing yards allowed per game) thus far in 2014 making Ingram a solid fantasy play this week. Meanwhile, Khiry Robinson (forearm) has not practiced all week and is unlikely to play despite being listed as questionable.
| Saints rule out Robinson, Thomas at RB -- Sat Oct 25 7:15 am --|
Ingram and Cadet to carry the load
|Both running backs, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas ruled out for the SNF game against Green Bay. (Canal St. Chronicles)|
FF Today's Take: Running back duties will fall on Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet against the Packers Sunday night. Cadet will be better play in PPR leagues but both have RB2 appeal.
| Graham among hobbled Saints -- Thu Oct 23 5:40 pm --|
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
|Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
| Pierre Thomas to miss 2-3 weeks, shoulder -- Tue Oct 21 8:00 am --|
Could return Week 10
|Running back Pierre Thomas will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. On the season, Thomas had just 30 carries for 133 yards, but will be seriously missed in the passing game. Thomas has by far the most targets out of any Saints running back, 29, and has come away with 26 catches so far. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to handle work on first and second downs but expect Travaris Cadet to see increased playing time on passing downs. He'll have increased value in PPR leagues.
| RB Mark Ingram returns to practice, Graham sits -- Wed Oct 15 4:30 pm --|
Running back may wear small brace
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram returned to practice on Wednesday and said he planned to play in the Saints' game Sunday at the Detroit Lions. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 5 after suffering a neck injury, did not practice. (Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Mark Ingram was a full participant in practice and should be available to play this weekend against the Lions. Fantasy owners should take a "wait and see" approach with Ingram for Week 7 to see HC Sean Payton splits the running duties in a crowded backfield. Likewise, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will see their fantasy value dip upon Ingram's return. TE Jimmy Graham is dealing with a neck injury. The true extent of his injury is unknown but recent reports have tabbed him to miss at least two weeks.
| Ingram, Graham on track to play in Week 7 -- Thu Oct 9 5:40 pm --|
RB (hand), TE (shoulder sprain) both expected vs. Detroit
|Saints RB Mark Ingram, out since breaking a bone in his hand in Week 2, has a chance to return to play on Oct. 19 at Detroit, HC Sean Payton said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio. Payton said Ingram has "a chance" to play when the Saints next play at the Detroit Lions.
Payton again declined to elaborate on TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. "Graham is doing fine," Payton said. "The bye comes at a perfect time for him." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Khiry Robinson has done well in Ingram's absence, but it seems as though Ingram will be the lead back in the Saints' three-headed committee when he proves his readiness. As Payton suggests, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Graham. While there is no guarantee that Graham will be 100 percent for Detroit, neither Payton nor the Saints have given any indication they believe his injury is serious.