The Saints will continue to use a trio of running backs in 2014, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Saints RB Pierre Thomas will handle the third-down, pass-catching role vacated by RB Darren Sproles' departure to the Eagles, while Saints RB Mark Ingram and second-year Saints RB Khiry Robinson will handle most of the between-the-tackles running. Triplett expects "a pretty even workload" for the three backs.
Those hoping the Saints backfield would get less crowded without Sproles around will be disappointed. The Saints rushing attack will be just as unpredictable as it has always been. Thomas is the best fantasy option of the three RBs, and based on his usage last year, he may do more traditional rushing than Triplett expects. He had ten or more carries in seven games last season, the most of any Saints RB. Ingram was virtually unplayable in fantasy last season, as he scored more than three points in just two games. Four years into his career, Ingram can be pegged as a roundly mediocre NFL back. Robinson is the greatest unknown of the three, but based on what he showed in limited action in 2013, he doesn't have the talent to run away with the lead job. Draft Thomas as a solid flex play, and Ingram and Robinson as RB4/5.