Breaking Down The Backfield: Where Is The Value In New Orleans?

When Darren Sproles went down due to injury the initial thoughts had Pierre Thomas benefiting most in the New Orleans Saints backfield. After Week 10, fantasy owners need to rethink that thought process:

  • Pierre Thomas – 5 carries for 10 yards, 1 reception for 6 yards (2 targets)
  • Mark Ingram – 16 carries for 67 yards, 0 receptions (1 target)
  • Chris Ivory – 7 carries for 72 yards and a TD, 1 reception for 13 yards (1 target)

The quick moral of the story is that Sproles’ targets out of the backfield are going elsewhere completely, something that was not completely unexpected (Travaris Cadet was the closest thing, as he received three targets).

As far as carrying the ball goes, Week 9 should’ve told us that the team was going to ride the hot hand or, if no one emerges, go wit a three headed monster:

  • Pierre Thomas – 6 carries for 44 yards
  • Mark Ingram – 7 carries for 44 yards
  • Chris Ivory – 10 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown

In other words, as we move forward it is tough to trust any of the backs until Sproles returns to the fold. If I had to pick, Ivory would be the top choice after scoring in back-to-back games. Ingram would be the second, coming off a 16 carry performance with Thomas being my last choice.

Could that order change after Week 11, however? I would actually be surprised if it didn’t. Considering the Raiders have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns this season I wouldn’t ignore the trio but I would consider them all low-end, risky plays (though Ivory would be the top selection heading into the game).

What are your thoughts of the Saints backfield?  Who do you see as the best option in Week 11?

Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 11 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs


  1. JoeS says:

    Looks like we will find out sooner than later. Spores was in practice today good to go

  2. Doctor Gonzo says:

    I need to win this week in a big way and I have a log jam at Flex;

    1) Ivory
    2) Lanco Moore
    3) Andre Brown
    4)Alexander Denario

    I also picked up Foles, but I have The Red Rocket at QB after giving Chicken Cutlet his walking papers.

    Should I cut Foles for Laurent Robinson? Or does Foles have some kind of possible value down the stretch…should I even start him this week?

    Thanks Proff-

    The Docotor–

    • I would keep Foles as I wouldn’t be shocked to see him bring some value.

      As for the FLEX, tough call. It’s a tossup between Ivory and Moore for me, but I would likely go with the RB for this one (though he is a risk considering the other options they have).

      He’s the back I like the most, however.

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