Michael Thomas

WR, New Orleans Saints

Height 6'3" Weight 212
DOB 1993-03-03 Age 29.4
College Ohio State

2022 Fantasy Rankings

Overall # 41 · WR # 29 (Tier 5)
ADP (12-team PPR): 5.06, 56th

Position Rankings

RankNameByeAgeADP1PPG2Comment
Tier 5
27DK Metcalf, SEA1124.74.0314.3
28Rashod Bateman, BAL1022.78.068.6
29Michael Thomas, NO1429.45.06
30Adam Thielen, MIN731.96.0215.4
31Elijah Moore, NYJ1022.38.0411.5
1 Fantasy Football Calculator (12-team PPR)
2 2021 season, PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Michael Thomas Making Progress

    New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was in team drills at training camp practice for the first time on Saturday and came out of them with no setbacks. Thomas even went to the ground and had no issues. So far, Thomas has looked really good at training camp after missing all of last season with a left ankle injury. He hasn't been wearing a brace or wrap on his ankle either, and although he's not quite 100 percent, Thomas is tracking to be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener. It would be unrealistic for fantasy managers to expect the 29-year-old to return to being the best receiver in the game this year, but there's a good chance he'll reclaim his role as the team's top wideout if he stays healthy. Thomas's fantasy ADP is surely to rise in the coming weeks if he continues to look good in training camp.

    Aug 6 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Expected To Be Saints' WR1

    ESPN's Mike Triplett expects New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to be the team's WR1, but his fantasy ceiling is a trickier question since we don't know how long it will take him to return to peak physical form after missing all of the 2021 season due to his ankle injury. Thomas' return to training camp practice on Day 1 was a step in the right direction, but he will also be splitting time alongside Jarvis Landry and first-round rookie Chris Olave. He'll also be playing with a different style of quarterback in Jameis Winston, who might not pepper him with targets the same way Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater did. The 29-year-old shouldn't be expected to return to being the best receiver in the game like he was before his injury in 2020, but he can be a solid WR3 in fantasy at a discounted price.

    Aug 1 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Looks Fluid In Practice

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) took part in every portion of practice on Wednesday except for full-team drills, and he looked fluid and had no noticeable braces or wrapping around the left ankle that kept him sidelined all of last year. Thomas and head coach Dennis Allen aren't putting a timetable on when the former Offensive Player of the Year will be back to 100%, but Thomas is "very confident" that he'll be back as good as ever. Barring a setback, it seems like the 29-year-old has a great chance to be ready for Week 1, but fantasy managers have to decide if they think he can return to being one of the top wideouts in the game. Thomas will have to re-establish himself in this offense alongside rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry.

    Jul 28 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Returns To Practice Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after opening training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That didn't take long, and it's a great sign that Thomas will be good to go for Week 1, barring any setbacks for an ankle injury that kept him out for all of 2021. The 29-year-old veteran did everything but full-team work on Wednesday, and he looked to be moving around well. Before his injury in 2020, Thomas was the best receiver in football, but he'll have to establish himself in a receiving room that now includes first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. If Thomas looks like his old self this summer, his fantasy ADP will continue to rise.

    Jul 27 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Not Expected To Stay On PUP List Long

    New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that he doesn't expect wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list for long at training camp. Thomas wasn't able to avoid the PUP to kick off camp, but it sounds like the Saints expect him at practice sooner than later. The 29-year-old missed all of 2021, but barring a setback this summer, it seems has a good chance of being ready by Week 1 of the regular season. He led the NFL in receptions in 2018 and 2019 and had a league-high 1,725 receiving yards in 2019, but that was also back when Drew Brees was still around. Thomas is coming off a major injury and will have to re-establish himself in a receiver room that now includes first-round rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. He should be considered a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy drafts.

    Jul 26 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Placed On PUP List

    The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (finger) on the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp. Both players can be activated at any time, but they won't be able to practice until they are activated. If either player stays on the PUP list for the start of the regular season, they'd be forced to miss at least the first four games. Thomas missed all of 2021 and most of the 2020 campaign due to ankle issues. The 29-year-old was one of the best wideouts in the game before his injury and he should be the team's No. 1 target once he returns, but the long layoff and the additions of rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry will take away valuable targets. Consider Thomas a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy.

    Jul 21 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Hopeful To Be Cleared For Training Camp

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) continues to work his way back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the entire 2021 season. The reports have been positive, so it sounds like Thomas is making good progress. The organization is optimistic that Thomas will be cleared early in training camp. It's understandable that fantasy managers would be hesitant about Thomas. He hasn't played since the 2020 season and will be battling for targets with Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave. Despite that, Thomas is still a stud and should be viewed as a high-end WR2, assuming he's healthy.

    Jul 19 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Latest On Saints WR Michael Thomas

    It sounds like Michael Thomas has taken a significant step in his recovery from a lingering ankle injury. Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football passes along a video (on Twitter) of Thomas running routes. The last time we saw Thomas on the field was during the 2020 divisional round. We heard last month that the wideout had […]

    Jul 2 · Pro Football Rumors Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Running Routes

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) recently posted a video of himself running routes, a positive update regarding the veteran's rehab efforts. Thomas is coming off off-season ankle surgery, with head coach Dennis Allen allowing the multi-time Pro Bowler to get to 100% before he returns to the team. Yet, things appear to be moving in the right direction, so there's a chance he could be back for training camp. However, Thomas isn't a sure thing on the fantasy end anymore, although based on his years of dominance, it will be hard for fantasy managers to ignore him.

    Jul 1 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Watches Practice From Sidelines

    As expected, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) watched mandatory minicamp practice on Tuesday from the sidelines on Tuesday. He has been rehabbing at the team's facilities throughout organized team activities and minicamp, but he hasn't been able to get back on the field after missing all of the 2021 season. The 29-year-old played in only seven games in 2020, too, but he was the best receiver in the NFL in 2018 and 2019. It remains to be seen if Thomas will even be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July, which continues to make him an extremely risky fantasy selection right now as a WR3. When he does return, he'll be fighting for targets with rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran Jarvis Landry.

    Jun 15 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Unlikely To Attend Minicamp

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) isn't expected at upcoming minicamp. However, head coach Dennis Allen isn't concerned, commenting that he'd like the 29-year-old recovered fully from offseason ankle surgery before returning to the team. Thomas continues his rehab efforts, with the multi-time Pro Bowler recently advancing to running sprints, and he's likely to be ready for training camp. Nevertheless, while the wideout isn't a lock to be the fantasy juggernaut he was in the past, he still has a much higher upside than most.

    Jun 11 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Doubtful For Mandatory Minicamp

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is "doubtful" to be ready to participate in mandatory minicamp next week, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Thomas has been at the team's facilities this offseason, but he hasn't been able to practice at all and hasn't played since 2020 after needing another surgery on his troublesome ankle. The 29-year-old pass-catcher was an All-Pro in 2018 and 2019 when he led the league in receptions both years, and he had a league-high 1,725 yards and 107.8 yards per game in 2019. But he's a pretty big risk as a WR3 in fantasy this year, and there's a good chance he won't be ready for training camp next month. When healthy, Thomas will be competing for targets with rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and newcomer Jarvis Landry.

    Jun 9 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Not Ready Yet

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) isn't ready for offseason workouts yet, but he's improving. "I think he's doing well in his rehab. He's not ready yet, but he's here, he's rehabbing, getting himself better and we're certainly anxious to get him out here," head coach Dennis Allen said. Allen also said the plan is for Thomas to be ready for training camp this summer. The 29-year-old was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2018 and 2019, but he played in just seven games in 2020 and missed all of last year due to his ankle injury. If healthy, Thomas should be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Jameis Winston, but rookie Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry will take valuable targets away. Thomas' health will be a big storyline this summer as he looks to bounce back from two injury-riddled campaigns.

    May 26 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Wide Receiver Stats

    SeasonTeamGFPtsFP/GSnpSnp%MS%Opp/GTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    2016NO15213.714.286779.411.18.112192113712.4900-02
    2017NO16206.512.985181.914.39.3149104124512.0500-00
    2018NO16257.016.192888.414.09.2147125140511.2900-02
    2019NO16301.018.895988.617.311.7186149172511.691-9-9.0000
    2020NO763.89.134573.211.98.0554043811.00111.0000

    2020

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1TBW 34-233.25580.97.4553175.7000-00
    9@TBW 38-37.64054.88.26655110.2000-00
    10SFW 27-133.74678.011.97722713.5000-00
    11ATLW 24-914.95786.418.21212910411.6000-00
    12@DENW 31-37.04367.210.97645012.50111.0000
    13@ATLW 21-1615.04760.314.11111910511.7000-00
    14@PHIL 21-2412.45790.512.78888410.5000-00
    DPTBL 20-300.04569.26.24400-000-00

    2019

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1HOUW 30-2817.35989.419.713131012312.3000-00
    2@LARL 9-2713.96498.520.0131310898.9000-00
    3@SEAW 33-2713.95187.912.17755410.8100-00
    4DALW 12-1014.06997.212.79999510.6000-00
    5TBW 31-2435.76491.418.613131118216.5200-00
    6@JACW 13-612.96598.518.2121288911.1000-00
    7@CHIW 36-2517.67393.614.11111913114.6000-00
    8ARIW 31-922.76889.515.812111111210.211-9-9.0000
    10ATLL 9-2621.76695.720.314141315211.7000-00
    11@TBW 34-1721.45781.415.71111811414.3100-00
    12CARW 34-3121.15887.916.711111010110.1100-00
    13@ATLW 26-187.84080.016.0886488.0000-00
    14SFL 46-4824.97097.220.815151113412.2100-00
    15INDW 34-724.84871.617.912121212810.7100-00
    16@TENW 38-2825.66187.124.317171213611.3100-00
    17@CARW 42-105.74666.713.0994379.3000-00
    WCMINL 20-2610.55394.614.38877010.0000-00

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