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Thomas gained 38 yards on five carries and added another 14 yards on four receptions on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Thomas found some success on the ground but the Saints quickly abandoned the run after falling behind by four touchdowns just minutes into the second half. Now healthy, Thomas should continue to have some value in PPR leagues, but he's more of a drain on Mark Ingram's value than a standalone fantasy option in standard scoring leagues, as he's simply not seeing a large enough workload to offer reliable value. If you're a fantasy owner in a really deep league, or simply desperate, Thomas does have a favorable matchup against a shaky Bears' defense in Week 15.

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Thomas (shoulder) had three carries for 21 rushing yards and two catches on four targets for 16 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Mark Ingram dominated the touches out of the backfield (23 carries for 122 yards), and while Thomas was able to play a small part in the passing game, he was unable to catch one of Drew Brees' five touchdown passes. Thomas doesn't have a ton of upside in non-PPR leagues, as Ingram is clearly the workhorse back, and with his receptions so inconsistent, he makes for a fairly unreliable fantasy option.

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Thomas (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Mark Ingram still figures to get a majority of the carries out of the backfield, but Thomas is the top option on passing downs, giving him much more value in PPR formats than standard ones.

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Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Thomas made his return from his shoulder injury against Baltimore last week, and if that game is any indication, he should hold close to a monopoly on the New Orleans passing down work at running back. Although he ran just five times for 19 yards, he caught six passes for 37 yards.

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Thomas (rib/shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.

After a four-game absence due to rib and shoulder ailments, Thomas returned to action this past Monday and promptly split the RB workload with Mark Ingram (shoulder). Thomas posted the most productive outing of the duo, turning five carries into 19 yards and six receptions into 37 yards. Meanwhile, Ingram didn't approach his 26 carries per contest from Thomas' absence, totaling 27 yards on 11 rushes and 15 yards on two catches. Week 13 presents a similar matchup against a Steelers defense that's middle of the road versus the pass and Top 10 against the run. Consequently, Thomas could again be the more relevant of the two running backs.

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Making his first appearance since Week 7, Thomas (shoulder) had five carries for 10 yards and six receptions for 37 yards in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Thomas' eight targets were good for third on the team, but neither he nor Mark Ingram had much luck against Baltimore's stout front seven. Ingram finished with 27 yards on 11 carries and 15 yards on two receptions, while Travaris Cadet caught just 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards. As expected, it was Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans wideouts doing most of the damage, against a Ravens defense that's easily weakest in the secondary. Thomas still turned in a decent PPR showing, which is pretty standard when the Saints have to throw a lot of passes. He didn't appear to be affected by the shoulder, and should remain a key part of the offense in a Week 13 road game against the Steelers.

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Thomas (shoulder) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Ravens, the Saints' official site reports.

Thomas is back in the Saints' lineup for the first time since Week 7, but we'd like to see him get a full and productive game in working behind Mark Ingram before recommending him as an option in PPR formats.

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Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game.

He was a limited participant in Saturday's practice, but he should be able to take the field Monday against the Ravens. The Saints will likely feature him in the passing game, making him a viable option in deep PPR leagues.

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Thomas (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, the Saints' official site reports.

Thomas has been sidelined four consecutive games due to a rib and shoulder injury, but his return to drills points to his first game action since Week 7. When asked Thursday if he'll suit up Monday against the Ravens, he smiled and told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Who knows?" While his wry attitude can't be relied upon, the next two days of practice should give a good indication whether he'll make his presence felt in Week 12. However, Mark Ingram has assumed to top RB gig during Thomas' absence, which leaves the latter's potential somewhat untenable right off the bat.

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Thomas (rib/shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Thomas started doing individual work this week, but he evidently couldn't gain clearance for contact. With Thomas and Khiry Robinson (arm) out, it's looking like another big workload for Mark Ingram on Sunday.