27 Responses to “Geaux Time: The Arrival of Khiry Robinson”

  1. Jason says:

    Fantasy wise, Where would you draft Khiry amongst this year’s rookie class?

    • Ken Kelly says:

      Way too early to tell. Skill-wise, he fits in. However, his situation is in total flux. If the Saints don’t bring in another running back via free agency or the draft, I could see Robinson be taken late in the first or early in the second round (more likely) in rookie drafts.

  2. SJ says:

    I have a hard time seeing Robinson get the bulk of the touches in the Saints backfield this year. At best hes 33%,given that Payton’s always shared catches and carries between multiple backs, which makes it hard to get excited at all. This backfield lacks long-term potential and consistency.

    Ive seen Robinson as another “finisher” RB, in the same capacity Ivory and Ingram were in 2012 and 2013 when healthy. Ingrams roll may grow, or it may not and he’d then be the “closer” again. But either way, its way too soon to predict. I would be more excited about Robinson if he had anything of a track record. he did look nice on the at highlight run against SEA, but that’s one game. And I don’t know if he can catch the ball well, either. Way too risky for me to buy into given the lack of pedigree. Need to see more, and I think the Saints will too by bringing in competition. It makes a nice story so far.

    • Ken Kelly says:

      Yeah, you could very well be right. To me, he’s a possible cheap pickup at the moment. If he can capitalize on an opportunity, we could have something. If he can be acquired on the cheap for a late round rookie pick or as part of a bigger trade, he’s just a player I’d have a lot of interest in at the moment.

      • Dave says:

        Unfortunately, the late round pick that one might expect to use to acquire Robinson is no longer an option. Most want a mid-second, which is too expensive for all the reasons SJ mentioned. I’ve seen one guy insisting on a late 1st to move him.

  3. Chris in Chuck says:

    Great article.
    Just checked league rosters and see he is owned in my main league…
    Why didn’t I pounce when DLF mentioned him so far ahead of the curve?

    Thanks, DLF.

    • esloan35 says:

      Lets not forget this was one game against the Raiders D. I still think Ingram has the potential to be the main back with Khiry giving him some relief as needed. Ingram has been running angry and I think he has something to prove. But it was a nice tape against a bad team.

      • Chris in Chuck says:

        You’re right, of course. Khiry hasn’t proven anything yet. But as my RB9 he’d be a lot better gamble than Mike Gillislee who is currently on my roster.

        Gillislee was a late-season add to CYA since I own Lamar Miller.

  4. Peter says:

    I had him on my roster, then I dropped him when we had to make roster cuts. I also have some 10 draft picks coming up and I’ll just load up on almost any RB in this class instead of Khiry taking up a spot.

  5. alden says:

    Nice story ken. Good insight on a player to watch as things unfold in New Orleans.

  6. ariakis73 says:

    I had him on my roster since last season with offseason offers increasing from thinly hidden throw-in offers to a 2nd rounder yesterday. With the Rotoworld blurb I replied to that owner (he has Ingram) and suggested in this rookie class he’d be in the range of any RB I could draft after the elite WR’s are gone. He soon after sent 1.08/2nd next year and I no longer have Robinson. Pretty sure that’s a nice sell-high story but if he indeed goes on to start and excel I may actually regret it.

    • Paul says:

      Well done. Trades like that are a felony in some states!

    • SJ says:

      Yes I think that’s hard to argue as not being a good trade.

      Unless Robinson becomes a steady RB2 over the next 2 years, either the 1.08 or possibly the second rounder could lead to more value or a more productive player

  7. BigD says:

    personally I think the saints are going to do a lot like Gbay did last year and try to rely on the run alittle more. before last year, the run was non-exsistant in Gbay and they had a suspect line. they were forced to use lacy when Rodgers went down and it worked. I think the saints feel a strong run game would help brees, and if he would go down it would add that demention to them as well. ingram is a rb i’m targeting this year in the middle to late rounds and robinson would be a great late round draft capper and handcuff. I still feel ingram is the rb to own from the saints though, and will finally live up to his expectations. it is hard for rbs like ingram to flourish in a pass first offense. we’ve seen it with Richardson, ingram, and the same would have happened to lacy if he would not have been forced to duty? ironically they are all Alabama rbs?

  8. bettendorfjordan1 says:

    I flipped Robinson and 3.08 for 1.09. I feel like, as the article somewhat alluded to, his situation is in a lot of flux right now with the Saints possibly adding a running back through FA or draft or maybe they keep PThomas somehow. At any rate, I feel like I got good value for a guy who hasn’t done a lot yet and I picked up off waivers a few weeks ago.

  9. pvillebiker says:

    It’s way too early to anoint Khiry as a sure thing. The saint’s situation is very fluid right now, as they have not yet released Sproles or Thomas, but both are supposedly imminent.

    To me, the upside of Khiry is huge, but it requires a lot of things to fall just right. The first big hurdle is Sproles & Thomas actually leave, and the Saints don’t bring in another vet RB or burn a high draft pick on RB (can’t imagine they would). Clearing that hurdle would be huge for Robinson’s upside.

    Another scintillating development today, New Orleans paper predicting the Saints move to a more balanced, ball-control attack. That would be custom made for an Ingram/Khiry combo.

    Finally, I think Ingram will be given every opportunity to be the lead dog in that attack. I also do not believe he will successfully fend of the eventual ascension of Khiry. If that happens, Khiry could have strong RB1 value. Oh yeah, he can catch the ball as well as pointed out above. Don’t be fooled just because that’s not how he was developed / used this year.

    I’m picked Khiry up early in the year based on the DLF piece and still have him. The more I learn about him, the better I like him. And if he doesn’t hit, no big loss!

    http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2014/03/new_orleans_saints_arent_rebui.html

  10. Cy23 says:

    I have Darren Sproles on a team with a 5 RB limit. (Current roster: Reggie Bush, Martin, David Wilson, Stewart, Sproles, Ingram, Rashad Jennings… with Martin/Wilson on IR until July)

    I picked Ingram up at the end of the season just in case. At this point, I am definitely keeping:
    Bush/Martin/Wilson (and probably Stewart, one last time)
    Who would you keep from Sproles, Ingram or Jennings?

  11. slick says:

    that’s easy…check the DLF rankings!
    coming in at #35 – sproles!

    now of course in light of the latest news you may want to see where he lands…but odds are good that if someone picks him up, they see him as a key piece to push them forward – broncos/pats anyone??!!!

    • pvillebiker says:

      NFL network this evening mentioned in passing the possibility of Sproles going to the Vikings for potential 3rd down scat back. Interesting idea, but I think Sproles productivity is likely on the decline.

  12. bigefat says:

    I think the ONE hitch in Khiry not being the “bell cow” (not a Fantasy RB1, but the Saints RB1) is experience. I don’t see Ingram as much of a threat. He’s been terrible so far in his career. The argument that Khiry has only done it one or two games is kinda BS as it’s not like Ingram has a season or two of solid production on his resume. I mean does everyone forget that for all of Ingram’s career, Sproles has been the back to own (or even Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory)! I see too many paople are still holding out hope their first round rookie pick will somehow turn it around so we don’t feel like idiots for drafting the guy! I don’t know if Khiry sets the world on fire but, I’d much rather roll the dice with him than the “proven” non-commodity that is Ingram!

    • Cy23 says:

      You really can’t compare Ingram to Sproles as a negative for Ingram. The NO offense was built around passing and Sproles was heavily involved.

      If they are changing their offense, it will help both Khiry and Ingram. So the question is who is the better RB NOW, not based on past results.

      I’ll agree that some people are holding out hope for their previous first round bust, but at the same time– who considered Moreno or Mathews a bust at the beginning of last year? Look what they did in the right situation.

  13. Nick says:

    The hype train sure was short lived…
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
    Pierre Thomas has signed a two-year extension to remain with the #Saints, per @CLamontSmith said.

    Hopefully people weren’t trading first round picks for Khiry… He’s going to remain part of the 3, maybe even 4 after the draft, headed monster that is the Saints RBBC

    • SJ says:

      Yea, pretty crazy situation with that news. I alawys try to warn myself – in bad RB situations, its good not to elevate expectations on any one player, at any one time. NO is a bad RB situation because they split workload going back to when Peyton arrived, and things can change quickly. Thats just how it is there, unfortunately.

    • SJ says:

      Looking back on the comments on here, those guys who flipped Robinson for more via trades are absolute genious IMO. Really cool stuff.

  14. devildawgz says:

    Had Robinson on my roster last year and dropped him for a Qb (McGloin). Now I have dropped him too. Hoping I can grab get him back in the draft later this year. Feeling dumb.

  15. SteelTown says:

    I’m thinking I enjoy all the hype on Robinson and try and flip him for something else. Someone in my league is offering me Percy Harvin for him.. I think I have to!

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