As the Bell Tolls for the Saints Backfield?
One of the most interesting storylines for fantasy owners so far during the 2009 season involves the Saints backfield. Coming into the season everyone was dying to get Pierre Thomas after his amazing end to last season. He was being drafted high, ahead of even teammate Reggie Bush, and owners were salivating over what could be over a full season.
Thomas then came down with an injury during camp and everyone poo-pooed it as a minor setback and he would good for the opener. Not so fast. After missing two games, Thomas seems to be ready to resume the starting gig in New Orleans. Or is he?
Yah see, through the first two weeks, former Bronco Mike Bell has become a solid fantasy option following a solid opener which saw him go over 100 yards against Detroit, then scoring in week two's blowout over Philly. But now Bell may miss time due to a similar injury that Thomas has had, so naturally Thomas is the man right? Wrong.
Thats because Wednesday word started spreading that Lynell Hamilton (yeh never heard of him before) saw first-team reps at Saints practice Wednesday along with both Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, though Hamilton claims to have received the most. Hamilton even told the press that, "The coaches went ahead and told me to be ready for the game," according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
So what to make of this mess? Reggie Bush, who came into the season as the guy with a cloudy outlook seems to be the safest bet for fantasy considering his health, receiving skills and big play ability. Furthermore, given Drew Brees' desire to air it out, RB's in this system, unless they receive the goal line work or can make plays in the receiving game, must be downgraded.
In any event, Hamilton is a must add now, as injury reports will trickle in up to game time and any Saints offensive skill player has a decent chance to find the end zone. Heck, Heath Evans has 2 more TD's in 2009 then Randy Moss.