2020 Fantasy Rankings
Overall # 3 · WR # 1 (Tier 1)
ADP (12-team PPR): 1.07, 8th
Saints
Depth

Michael Thomas

WR, New Orleans Saints

Height 6'3" Weight 212 DOB 1993-03-03 Age 27
College Ohio State

Season Projections
Updated Sep 7
Source FPts RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
RotoBaller 193.5 0 0 - - 0 153 118 1395 11.8 - 9 1

2020 fantasy football projections by .

Position Rankings
Rank Name ADP1 Comment
Tier 1
1 Michael Thomas, NO 1.07
2 Davante Adams, GB 1.11
3 Tyreek Hill, KC 2.05
Fantasy News Last 90 Days
  • Michael Thomas A WR1 Against Broncos

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is a WR1 against Denver on Sunday. He is currently still nursing that ankle injury that caused him to miss several games, but there is no sign right now that he is in danger of missing the game. Thomas posted his best numbers of the season last week, getting nine receptions for 104 yards on 12 targets. It was also a great sign that he had rapport with QB Taysom Hill. As he is bound to draw a number of targets due to his role as the WR1 on the team, Thomas is a solid play against a Denver team that ranks in the middle against fantasy wideouts.

    Nov 25 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Tallies Game-High Receiving Numbers

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught nine of 12 targets for 109 receiving yards in a 24-9 win over Atlanta. Thomas exploded on the scene with this performance, his best of the year so far. He was the apple of new starter Taysom Hill's eye, as no Saints' receiver came even close to his 12 targets. It could have potentially been an even bigger day, as Thomas dropped a wide-open, 25-yard pass. Still, this was the type of player fantasy managers thought they were getting. He may not dominate the target share moving forward, though it's safe to say that Hill trusts Thomas. The All-Pro receiver will be among the WR1 ranks next week against a bad Denver secondary.

    Nov 22 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Has 27 Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had two receptions for 27 yards on seven targets in the Week 10 win over the 49ers. In his second contest since returning from injury, Thomas certainly had a disappointing outing. Nevertheless, he has seen at least five targets in all three games that he has played this year, and as the WR1 on the team, he will continue to see the looks going forward. This keeps him in the WR1 tier weekly.

    Nov 15 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Practices In Full Friday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was a full participant in practice on Friday for the first time since the lead-up to Week 1. Thomas had five catches for 51 yards in Week 9 against the Buccaneers in his first game action since he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the season-opener. He played 40 snaps on offense. The team's No. 1 wideout will face a Niners defense this weekend that just allowed Packers wideout Davante Adams to catch 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. Thomas had 11 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown against San Fran in 2019. While he might not be the same due to injuries this year, the 27-year-old All-Pro should be penciled in as a WR1 in Week 10 against a 49ers secondary that is extremely hobbled right now.

    Nov 13 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas, Drew Brees Limited For Thursday's Practice

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) were both limited during practice for the second consecutive day Thursday. Thomas and Brees suited up Sunday against Tampa Bay, and neither appeared to sustain any type of significant injury that would lead to them being held out for the upcoming matchup versus San Francisco. While both deal with injuries, their rapport has been out of sync from where it has been in years past when both were elite season-long options. At this stage, there's no reason to anticipate either being sidelined, but in the case that they are, expect either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston to start at quarterback and Emmanuel Sanders, Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris to benefit with increased targets from another Thomas absence. Thomas remains a high-end WR1, while Brees is more of a low-end QB1 with a lowered ceiling in what could wind up being his final season in the NFL.

    Nov 12 · Source via Saints Drew Brees Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas A WR1 This Week

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is a WR1 this week against the 49ers, if he's active. Thomas is still dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries and this situation is worth monitoring. In his first action since Week 1, Thomas recorded five receptions for 51 yards on six targets in a blowout victory over the division-rival Buccaneers on Sunday night. Because of his large role in this offense, Thomas is a great start in Week 10 against a 49ers team that is middle-of-the-pack in points allowed to fantasy receivers. Thomas should be fine to suit up this weekend, but make sure he doesn't suffer any setbacks during the week in practice.

    Nov 11 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Returns With 51 Receiving Yards

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught five of six targets for 51 yards in a 38-3 blowout of the Buccaneers. Thomas seemed to move well and was involved early, registering much of his production before the half. With the game essentially in hand by halftime, New Orleans rested Thomas as much as possible to avoid any setbacks. It's worth noting that his leg was taped up during the pregame, meaning the hamstring issue may linger for a little bit. Still, it seems like something he can play and produce through. He'll get another week of rest for the hamstring before taking on a 49ers team that was just devastated by Davante Adams.

    Nov 9 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas A Low-End WR1 Against Tampa Bay

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) appears ready to take the field for the first time since Week 1. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed earlier reports about Thomas, saying he's likely good to go barring a setback after a good week of practice. It's more than likely he's out there, though it would still be prudent to have a backup plan just in case, considering it's a Sunday night contest. When Thomas last played the Buccaneers, he was held to just three catches for 17 yards. However, New Orleans has clearly missed Thomas on the outside. Even if he's limited in some fashion, expect around 8-10 targets and a decent chance at a touchdown in this pivotal divisional matchup.

    Nov 8 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Listed As Questionable

    New Orleans Saints All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 9 against the division-rival Buccaneers on Sunday night. "We'll see," head coach Sean Payton told reporters. "I thought we had a good week of preparation. And we'll wait till game day." Thomas injured his ankle in the Week 1 win over Tampa and hasn't played since. He's expected to suit up on Sunday night despite Payton alluding that he'll be a game-time decision. The game being on Sunday night makes the Thomas decision a bit more difficult, though, so make sure you have a backup plan in place in case Thomas is ruled out. Despite missing all this time and going up against a strong Bucs defense, Thomas will be a must-start wideout if he's active.

    Nov 6 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Drew Brees, Michael Thomas Expected To Play

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) are both expected to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Both players were limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to some insinuation from head coach Sean Payton that they would be game-time calls. However, it seems that New Orleans will be at full strength for the first time since Week 1. Brees will be in the QB2 range, though he has upside if this game turns into a back-and-forth affair. Thomas hasn't played since Week 1 and has some risk of re-injury, though he needs to be in lineups as a low-end WR1.

    Nov 6 · Source via Saints Drew Brees Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders On Track To Play

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) practiced again on Thursday and is close to returning to the lineup for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 1. Emmanuel Sanders said he will definitely play in Week 9 against the Buccaneers after being activated from the COVID-19 list this week. Thomas, the overall WR1 in 2019, will have a tough matchup against Tampa, a team that held him to three catches for 17 yards in Week 1, but he was also injured in that game. If fully healthy, Thomas should easily exceed those numbers as a must-start fantasy wideout. Sanders has missed the last two games but blew up in his last game action, but that was also without Thomas on the field. The veteran pass-catcher will be a shaky WR4/flex in deeper leagues in his return.

    Nov 5 · Source via Saints Emmanuel Sanders Michael Thomas
  • Drew Brees, Michael Thomas Limited Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (shoulder) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) were both limited in practice on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Brees downplayed his presence on the Week 9 injury report."I'm 41 years old. I've got a lot of stuff going on. But I just keep ticking," Brees said. Even if he gets Thomas back in this one, Brees will be more of a QB2 against a Bucs defense allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to signal-callers. Thomas has been the biggest fantasy bust due to injuries this year, as he hasn't played since Week 1. The 27-year-old should get back on the field this Sunday, though, but he'll have his work cut out for him against Tampa Bay. If Thomas is active, he's a must-start.

    Nov 4 · Source via Saints Drew Brees Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out Against Bears

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Bears. Thomas returned to practice on Thursday, but he'll miss yet another game after tweaking his hamstring last week. The first receiver off the board in fantasy drafts in the first round in most leagues, Thomas has been a huge bust this season and hasn't played since suffering an ankle injury in Week 1. Fantasy managers will be hoping to get him back in Week 9 against the Buccaneers. With Emmanuel Sanders out again due to COVID-19, Tre'Quan Smith and rookie Marquez Callaway will be quarterback Drew Brees' top two aerial weapons, along with tight end Jared Cook. Smith caught four passes for 54 yards last week, while Callaway had eight grabs for 75 yards. They'll be in play as WR4/flex options against a tough Bears secondary.

    Oct 30 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Back At Practice

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday. Thomas still isn't a lock to return to action for the first time since Week 1, but this is definitely a positive development for his chances of playing in Week 8 against the Bears. A return to a full practice would really ease the mind of Thomas' fantasy managers, but either way, you're putting him back into your starting lineups if he's active on Sunday. The matchup against Chicago isn't an easy one, though, as the Bears have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to pass-catchers. It raises the likelihood of Thomas disappointing as a high-end WR1 if he does return to the field.

    Oct 29 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Worth A Start This Week If Active

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas would be a solid play this week even against a tough Bears Defense due to his talent and predicted high volume in the passing game. Nevertheless, the WR is dealing with a hamstring and ankle injury and it's important to monitor his status heading into Sunday's clash to see if he will play.

    Oct 28 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Misses Practice Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) did not take part in practice on Wednesday. Thomas tweaked his hamstring in practice last week and was unable to play, and he should be considered highly questionable to suit up in Week 8 against the Bears. The 27-year-old All-Pro wideout has been a huge bust for fantasy managers as the consensus top overall wideout heading into the 2020 season after his monstrous 2019 performance. With Emmanuel Sanders also questionable after being put on the COVID-19 list and missing last week, rookie Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith could once again have bigger roles in the offense alongside tight end Jared Cook, although Chicago's defense has been one of the stingiest in the NFL through seven weeks.

    Oct 28 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Could Be On The Trade Block

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (hamstring) has had a disastrous start to the 2020 season. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1 and hasn't been back on the field since then, though his last two missed games were due to a fight with a teammate and a hamstring injury. Now, there seems to be speculation that Thomas could be on the trade block with the trade deadline approaching. It's hard to know how a trade would effect Thomas's fantasy value. He'd been a staple of consistency for fantasy owners on a yearly basis before this year's bizarre and unfortunate start. However, at this point, it seems as if a change of scenery for the star receiver could be welcoming news for both Thomas and the Saints.

    Oct 25 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out For Week 7

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. He will miss his fifth straight game. He is currently dealing with a hamstring injury that developed this past week. Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) was placed on the Reserve-COVID list on Friday and will miss the game as well, making the Saints extremely short-handed at receiver. Receiver Tre'Quan Smith and tight end Jared Cook get a boost in value in the game and running back Alvin Kamara should get all the work he can handle.

    Oct 23 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Officially Misses Practice Thursday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is in doubt for Week 7 against the Panthers after missing practice on Thursday due to a new hamstring injury suffered in practice. Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 and could now miss his fifth straight game. He was benched in Week 5 for disciplinary reasons after punching a teammate in practice. New Orleans' offense has been up and down without their All-Pro receiver in the lineup, but quarterback Drew Brees did find Emmanuel Sanders for a career-high 12 catches in Week 5. Sanders will be a WR3 with upside if Thomas is forced to miss another game. But if Thomas is active, he's a must-start WR1.

    Oct 22 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas In Danger Of Missing Another Game?

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was not present during the period of practice open to the media on Thursday after he was limited on Wednesday. Thomas hasn't appeared in a game since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the season-opener, and he tweaked his hamstring in practice this week, potentially making him questionable for Week 7 against the Panthers. The All-Pro wideout was set to return in Week 5 before the team's bye, but he punched a teammate in practice and was held out for disciplinary reasons. His practice status on Friday will be telling. Even though the Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this year, Thomas is a must-start in fantasy if he returns on Sunday after being the top-scoring fantasy receiver in 2019.

    Oct 22 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Limited Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday with ankle and hamstring injuries. The hamstring injury is new and is something to watch, but Thomas' high ankle sprain is what has kept him out of action since the season-opener. It was believed that the All-Pro wideout would return in Week 5 before the team's bye, but the Saints sat him for disciplinary reasons after he punched a teammate in practice. Unless the 27-year-old has a setback this week, he should make his return against Carolina in Week 7. The Panthers Defense has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this year, but Thomas is a target hog and reception machine and is a must-start, high-end WR1 if he's active.

    Oct 21 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Saints Mum On Michael Thomas' Week 7 Status

    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team hasn't decided on whether wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) will play in Week 7 against the Panthers. "We'll see. I think he's feeling better. We really don't get into injuries or predictions, so you guys will be the first to know," Payton said. It was believed that Thomas was read to go in Week 5 -- the Saints had a bye in Week 6 -- but the All-Pro wideout was inactive because of a disciplinary decision after he got into a fight with a teammate at practice. The good news is that Payton also said the disciplinary phase for Thomas is over. The 27-year-old could be listed as questionable with his injury this week, but all signs point to him making his return this weekend. If Thomas is active for the first time since the season-opener, fantasy managers must get him back into their lineups.

    Oct 21 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Claims He'll Return To Field Week 7

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been vocal about his desire to return to the field ever since departing from a Week 1 outing due to a high ankle sprain. During teammate Cameron Jordans interview with ESPN on Friday, Thomas was heard saying that he would return to action next Sunday when the Saints take on Carolina. Fantasy managers that have been waiting on Thomas return can anticipate him being back in the mix and healed up, as he was reportedly held out of last weeks game against the Chargers due to a personal matter within the organization, not his ankle injury. Hes an obvious must-start in all season-long formats and should see one of the biggest price tags on the board in DFS.

    Oct 17 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Sitting Out Monday After Altercation With Teammate

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Saints are reportedly holding Thomas out of the game as a disciplinary action after the star receiver got into an altercation with a teammate at practice this weekend. Thomas had been listed as questionable for the game with an ankle injury. He has missed the team's past three games.

    Oct 11 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Saints WR Thomas (ankle) listed as questionable

    Oct 10 · ESPN Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas A Low-End WR1 If He Plays

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) would face the Chargers if he takes the field for the first time since Week 1. Thomas has gotten in two limited practice sessions after being limited all of last week, so he appears to be following the same practice routine, which ultimately led to him sitting out Week 4. With a Week 6 bye right around the corner, it would make sense for New Orleans to rest their star wideout and then have him at near full strength for the stretch run. If he does play, he'll be a low-end WR1 against a beatable Chargers' secondary.

    Oct 9 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas, Jared Cook Limited Again

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) and tight endJared Cook (groin) were both limited in Friday's practice. Both players will have one more shot on Saturday to up their practice repetitions before the Saints release their final injury designations ahead of Monday night's contest. At this point, it's looking like both will be game-time decisions, which puts fantasy managers in a bit of a bind. If Thomas and Cook are unable to go, Tre'Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders would become more appealing flex plays against the Chargers.

    Oct 9 · Source via Saints Jared Cook Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas, Jared Cook Limited On Thursday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) and Jared Cook (groin) were both limited participants on Thursday. Since the Saints play on Monday, this was essentially their first practice day of the week. It's encouraging that Thomas hasn't had any setbacks yet after practicing in limited fashion all of last week, so he certainly has a chance to suit up against the Chargers. Cook was unable to go last week after not being able to practice, so his ability to be limited is a step in the right direction. If they're able to suit up, Thomas would be a WR1 with some re-injury risk while Cook would be a low-end TE1.

    Oct 8 · Source via Saints Jared Cook Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out For Week 4

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Lions. Thomas is getting closer to a return, as he returned to practice this week, but unfortunately for his fantasy managers, he'll miss his third straight game. New Orleans is choosing to play it safe with their All-Pro wideout early in the season. Another Thomas absence is obviously bad news for quarterback Drew Brees' fantasy upside in a solid matchup, while veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will continue to operate as the No. 1 receiver, giving him WR4/flex appeal in deeper season-long formats. Tight end Jared Cook will have some more TE1 upside as well.

    Oct 2 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Not A Lock To Play In Week 4

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has practiced on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with a high ankle sprain. It's a good sign as he attempts to return to action, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll play in Week 4 against the Lions. The Saints may play it safe with their star receiver so that they'll have him fully healthy for the rest of the season. Fantasy managers will be hard-pressed not to throw him back into their lineups if he's active, especially given the nice matchup, but Thomas could be eased back into things, which would make him a high-risk option. If Thomas misses another game, Emmanuel Sanders would be a WR4/flex in deeper leagues.

    Oct 2 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Returns To Practice On Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday. Thomas has been out the past two weeks while nursing an ankle sprain. In Wednesday's practice, Thomas was reportedly moving well and showing good signs of progress. He's currently questionable for Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. If he's able to go, Drew Brees will see a boost in his value, while Tre'Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders become more risky plays. Make sure to monitor the situation closely over the next few days if you're a Thomas owner.

    Oct 1 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas A WR1 In Week 4 If Active

    If active, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas would be a WR1 in this week's matchup with Detroit. Thomas has been nursing an ankle injury and has missed the past two games. He returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited fashion and it's still uncertain as to whether he will play on Sunday. If he does, he's a starter, and if he doesn't, Tre'Quan Smith is a flex option.

    Sep 30 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Improving, No Guarantee For Week 4

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is improving and has a chance to practice next week ahead of a Week 4 matchup with the Detroit Lions. The team is being very cautious with Thomas and they do not want him out there unless he's 100 percent, so this is no guarantee for his status against Detroit. Thomas has a 2-4 week timeline for his injury and Sunday's game is the second contest he's missed. It's very possible he practices this week and still doesn't play in Week 4. Hopefully Thomas heals up and his fantasy managers are able to roll him out there in Week 4 against a struggling Lions' secondary.

    Sep 27 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out For Week 3

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas will miss his second straight game as he continues to deal with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered late in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. The All-Pro wideout hasn't practiced yet since spraining his ankle, though there was a sliver of hope that he would be available for last week's game. If that's the case, there's probably a realistic shot at this point that Thomas is progressing and that he suits up for a Week 4 matchup against the Lions, as it would be the third week in his latest 2-4 week timeline. Receivers Tre'Quan Smith, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should all see an uptick in targets against Green Bay in Thomas' absence.

    Sep 25 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Misses Practice Again

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) missed another practice on Thursday. Thomas has missed the last two days of practice this week and is likely to miss his second straight game as he tries to return from the dreaded high ankle sprain. With the Week 3 game on Sunday night against the Packers, there's even more reason to give up hope in using Thomas this weekend. Emmanuel Sanders proved in Week 2 that he can't be trusted with Thomas out of the lineup, as he had just one catch on three targets for 18 yards. Sanders had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, so he's more of a WR4/5 in deeper leagues.

    Sep 24 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Absent At Practice Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday while he tries to recover from a high ankle sprain. Thomas missed the Monday night loss to the Raiders and could miss several more weeks. Fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting to get the All-Pro receiver back in Week 3 against the Packers. As we witnessed against Las Vegas, you can't really count on New Orleans' other receivers in Emmanuel Sanders or Tre'Quan Smith in the absence of Thomas. This game has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, but Sanders remains a boom/bust WR4/flex for much deeper leagues.

    Sep 23 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Ruled Out Against Raiders

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Las Vegas Raiders. There was a "glimmer of hope" that Thomas would be able to suit up a week after suffering a high-ankle sprain, though that was probably false hope at best. This is ideal for fantasy managers because now they can pivot to options on their bench from Sunday's slate of games. Fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Jared Cook should see a larger share of targets while Tre'Quan Smith has some appeal as a sleeper against the Raiders' suspect secondary.

    Sep 19 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Not At Practice Friday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was not present at practice on Friday for the second straight day. There were reports that Thomas "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday, and there is a "glimmer of hope" that he can play in Week 2 on Monday night against the Raiders, but it's a long shot, at best. The All-Pro receiver is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which can keep players out up to a month or more. The 27-year-old is known as a quick healer and wants to get back out there as soon as possible, but fantasy managers need to keep realistic expectations. You should be planning to be without Thomas this week. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should have heavy target shares with Thomas likely out.

    Sep 18 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Glimmer Of Hope For Michael Thomas In Week 2

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday and there is a "little glimmer of hope" that he can play on Monday night against the Raiders, according to a source. It's still unlikely that Thomas plays with his high ankle sprain, but the Saints were pleased with Thomas' progress even though he didn't actually practice. With the Saints playing on Monday this week, you almost have no choice but to bench the All-Pro wideout this week. The 27-year-old is making good progress, though, so there's an outside chance he could be back for Week 3. With Thomas likely out, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be quarterback Drew Brees' go-to targets through the air against Las Vegas.

    Sep 18 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Sits Out Again Thursday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day and is unlikely to play in Week 2 against the Raiders on Monday night at this point while dealing with a high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 1. It's a really tough blow for those that took the All-Pro wideout in the first round of their fantasy drafts, but you'll have to be patient as he works his way back. Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be the team's top receivers with Thomas on the shelf, with Tre'Quan Smith serving as the No. 2 receiver behind Sanders. Veteran quarterback Drew Brees will have a lower ceiling without his go-to target in the fold, but he could still put up QB1 numbers on Monday night.

    Sep 17 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Expected To Miss Several Weeks

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) may miss several weeks, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. The 27-year-old reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain during Week 1, and the injury is worse than initially anticipated. It is a huge blow for fantasy managers, as Thomas is one of the top offensive threats in football. His absence dampers Drew Brees' fantasy outlook for at least the next two weeks, while Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith see a sizable uptick in value.

    Sep 15 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Dealing With High Ankle Injury

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) suffered a high ankle injury in the Week 1 win over the Buccaneers, but it's an injury he thinks he can play through, according to sources. Nobody is ruling Thomas out just yet for Week 2, with an extra day before the game against the Raiders on Monday night. The No. 1 wideout in fantasy had just three catches for 17 yards, and he didn't get hurt until the fourth quarter, so his five targets were a cause for concern regardless of the injury. The 27-year-old should bounce back eventually, but it's fair to wonder if it'll come in Week 2 if he plays through the injury. Thomas is a must-start anytime he's on the field, but his status is surely worth watching throughout the week. Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Jared Cook could benefit if Thomas is more of a decoy in Week 2.

    Sep 14 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Puts Up A Dud Against Buccaneers

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught three of five targets for 17 receiving yards in a win over Tampa Bay. It was a strange sight seeing Thomas almost fazed out of the game plan, as he went a couple of series without recording a catch. Head coach Sean Payton took some of the blame, saying it was one of the worst games he's ever called. To make matters worse, Thomas limped off the field after Alvin Kamara landed on his ankle. If he's healthy for Week 2, fantasy managers should expect better production against a poor Raiders secondary.

    Sep 13 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Injures Ankle In Week 1

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was observed limping off the field at the two-minute warning during the win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Although the injury could have been worse, fantasy managers should expect the veteran to practice sparingly throughout the week leading up to the Monday night, Week 2 showdown against the Raiders, with the potential for an absence if the ailment doesn't trend in the right direction.

    Sep 13 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas A Top Play Against Tampa Bay

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is lined up to have a big start to his 2020 season. Thomas faces the Buccaneers, who he has enjoyed success against in his career. The All-Pro wideout has averaged just over 11 targets per game in seven career contests against Tampa Bay, including two 100-yard games with touchdowns in last year's showdowns. It should be noted that Emmanuel Sanders is the best number-two receiver the Saints have had in years and Alvin Kamara is back healthy, meaning Thomas won't have to be relied upon as much. Still, head coach Sean Payton likes the matchup of Thomas against the Buccaneers defensive backs and will presumably continue to exploit it. Thomas should easily post WR1 numbers this week.

    Sep 9 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Is One Of The Safest Picks In Fantasy

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is one of the safest options out there in fantasy football. In four seasons, Thomas has averaged 150 targets per year and has never finished worse than the WR5 in PPR formats. He enjoys an elite-level connection with future Hall Of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, as the two share the highest completion percentage among QB/WR duos since the 2016 season. The presence of Emmanuel Sanders means the team won't have to lean on Thomas quite as much, though his elite efficiency should help to mask a potential decline in targets. He should be the first wide receiver off the board in both PPR and Standard formats.

    Sep 6 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Wide Receiver
    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Season Team G FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    2016 NO 15 167.7 867 (79.4%) 0 0 - - 0 121 92 1137 12.4 - 9 2
    2017 NO 16 154.5 851 (81.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 149 104 1245 12.0 71 5 0
    2018 NO 16 194.5 928 (88.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 147 125 1405 11.2 75 9 2
    2019 NO 16 226.5 959 (88.6%) 1 -9 -9.00 0 0 186 149 1725 11.6 0 9 0
    2020 NO 4 19.9 198 (74.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 30 19 199 10.5 0 0 0
    2020 RotoBaller 193.5 0 0 - - 0 153 118 1395 11.8 - 9 1

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    2020
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    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 TB W 34-23 1.7 55 (80.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 5 3 17 5.7 0 0 0
    9 TB W 38-3 5.1 40 (54.8%) 0 0 - 0 0 6 5 51 10.2 0 0 0
    10 SF W 27-13 2.7 46 (78.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 7 2 27 13.5 0 0 0
    11 ATL W 24-9 10.4 57 (86.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 12 9 104 11.6 0 0 0
    2019
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 HOU W 30-28 12.3 59 (89.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 10 123 12.3 0 0 0
    2 LAR L 9-27 8.9 64 (98.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 10 89 8.9 0 0 0
    3 SEA W 33-27 11.4 51 (87.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 7 5 54 10.8 0 1 0
    4 DAL W 12-10 9.5 69 (97.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 9 95 10.6 0 0 0
    5 TB W 31-24 30.2 64 (91.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 11 182 16.5 0 2 0
    6 JAC W 13-6 8.9 65 (98.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 12 8 89 11.1 0 0 0
    7 CHI W 36-25 13.1 73 (93.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 9 131 14.6 0 0 0
    8 ARI W 31-9 17.2 68 (89.5%) 1 -9 -9.00 0 0 11 11 112 10.2 0 1 0
    10 ATL L 9-26 15.2 66 (95.7%) 0 0 - 0 0 14 13 152 11.7 0 0 0
    11 TB W 34-17 17.4 57 (81.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 8 114 14.3 0 1 0
    12 CAR W 34-31 16.1 58 (87.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 10 101 10.1 0 1 0
    13 ATL W 26-18 4.8 40 (80.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 6 48 8.0 0 0 0
    14 SF L 46-48 19.4 70 (97.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 15 11 134 12.2 0 1 0
    15 IND W 34-7 18.8 48 (71.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 12 12 128 10.7 0 1 0
    16 TEN W 38-28 19.6 61 (87.1%) 0 0 - 0 0 17 12 136 11.3 0 1 0
    17 CAR W 42-10 3.7 46 (66.7%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 4 37 9.3 0 0 0
    WC MIN L 20-26 7.0 53 (94.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 7 70 10.0 0 0 0
    2018
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 TB L 40-48 24.0 61 (95.3%) 0 0 - 0 0 17 16 180 11.3 7 1 1
    2 CLE W 21-18 20.9 58 (87.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 12 89 7.4 6 2 1
    3 ATL W 43-37 12.9 76 (96.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 10 10 129 12.9 6 0 0
    4 NYG W 33-18 4.7 66 (94.3%) 0 0 - 0 0 4 4 47 11.8 4 0 0
    5 WAS W 43-19 7.4 51 (77.3%) 0 0 - 0 0 5 4 74 18.5 4 0 0
    7 BAL W 24-23 12.9 65 (91.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 7 69 9.9 5 1 0
    8 MIN W 30-20 8.1 51 (96.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 6 5 81 16.2 3 0 0
    9 LAR W 45-35 27.1 65 (91.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 15 12 211 17.6 11 1 0
    10 CIN W 51-14 19.0 46 (61.3%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 8 70 8.8 4 2 0
    11 PHI W 48-7 15.2 57 (81.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 4 4 92 23.0 4 1 0
    12 ATL W 31-17 3.8 52 (91.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 6 4 38 9.5 2 0 0
    13 DAL L 10-13 4.0 51 (98.1%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 5 40 8.0 3 0 0
    14 TB W 28-14 9.8 58 (90.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 11 98 8.9 6 0 0
    15 CAR W 12-9 4.9 69 (93.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 7 49 7.0 2 0 0
    16 PIT W 31-28 16.9 61 (92.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 11 109 9.9 6 1 0
    17 CAR L 14-33 2.9 41 (78.8%) 0 0 - 0 0 7 5 29 5.8 2 0 0
    DP PHI W 20-14 23.1 67 (87.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 16 12 171 14.3 7 1 0
    CC LAR L 23-26 3.6 64 (95.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 7 4 36 9.0 1 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Receiving: 6, 2, 5, 5, 72, 7, 17, 23, 2, 2

    2017
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 MIN L 19-29 4.5 58 (93.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 5 45 9.0 3 0 0
    2 NE L 20-36 8.9 58 (89.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 10 5 89 17.8 4 0 0
    3 CAR W 34-13 14.7 46 (79.3%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 7 87 12.4 6 1 0
    4 MIA W 20-0 14.9 69 (93.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 8 89 11.1 6 1 0
    6 DET W 52-38 1.1 59 (83.1%) 0 0 - 0 0 6 3 11 3.7 0 0 0
    7 GB W 26-17 8.2 60 (78.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 7 82 11.7 5 0 0
    8 CHI W 20-12 7.7 47 (77.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 7 77 11.0 4 0 0
    9 TB W 30-10 6.5 49 (81.7%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 8 65 8.1 3 0 0
    10 BUF W 47-10 11.7 56 (72.7%) 0 0 - 0 0 10 9 117 13.0 8 0 0
    11 WAS W 34-31 9.1 56 (78.9%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 6 91 15.2 5 0 0
    12 LAR L 20-26 5.2 44 (77.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 5 52 10.4 2 0 0
    13 CAR W 31-21 13.0 48 (75.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 5 70 14.0 3 1 0
    14 ATL L 17-20 17.7 45 (86.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 14 10 117 11.7 9 1 0
    15 NYJ W 31-19 15.3 63 (92.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 11 9 93 10.3 7 1 0
    16 ATL W 23-13 6.6 40 (61.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 5 4 66 16.5 3 0 0
    17 TB L 24-31 9.4 53 (91.4%) 0 0 - 0 0 8 6 94 15.7 3 0 0
    WC CAR W 31-26 13.1 49 (84.5%) 0 0 - 0 0 9 8 131 16.4 6 0 0
    DP MIN L 24-29 20.5 63 (92.6%) 0 0 - 0 0 13 7 85 12.1 6 2 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Receiving: 5, 3, 10, 1, 4, 14, 3