Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New Orleans Saints
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With Brandin Cooks in New England, Thomas was set to be the No. 1 receiver for the league's most prolific passing offense. But something strange happened: the Saints became a running team. It wasn't all bad. Thomas still had 149 targets (6th), 104 catches (3rd) and 1,245 yards (6th). But he scored four fewer TDs than in 2016 on three fewer red-zone targets, as tailback Mark Ingram doubled his rushing TDs from six to 12, and all-purpose back Alvin Kamara added 13 scores of his own. At 6-3, 212, Thomas has good size but below-average speed (4.57). He's a good route runner with steady hands, but he's not going to beat anyone deep - only one catch of 40-plus yards last year, two in his two-year career. Despite throwing less often, Drew Brees still attacks in the intermediate and deep areas of the field - Thomas was fourth with 22 catches of 20-plus - but speedster Ted Ginn was the home run hitter with five catches of 40 or more yards. Accordingly, Thomas' 8.4 YPT mark was a modest 11th among the league's 27 100-target receivers, despite playing with the QB who led the NFL in YPA at 8.1. (By contrast Ginn had 11.2 YPT.) Heading into 2018, Thomas is still the team's undisputed No. 1 target and should be drafted for volume and consistency. Just don't expect many big plays or an undue share of red-zone work, as Kamara and Ingram figure to again occupy a large share of the team's usage. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Saints in May of 2016.
Catches historic Brees pass in OT win
WRNew Orleans Saints
September 23, 2018
Thomas caught all 10 of his targets for 129 yards in Sunday's 43-37 overtime win over Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Thomas hauled in a 35-yard pass on the game's first play, then became a part of history in the second quarter by catching Drew Brees' NFL-record setting 63,001st career completion for a gain of 17. While New Orleans' top wide receiver didn't get into the end zone, he recorded double-digit receptions for the third consecutive game to open the season. Even with a road tilt against a tough Giants pass defense next week, Thomas will be a must-start.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    119
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    1
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
865
5
2017
851
6
2018
119
1
Measurables Overview

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New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Few rookie wideouts pan out as their team's No. 1 targets. Thomas was an exception -- so much so that after the season, the Saints jettisoned their former top receiver Brandin Cooks for a first-round pick. At 6-3, 212 and with 4.57 speed, Thomas is athletically on the cusp of what's typically required for a bona fide No. 1, but he's surprisingly agile and quick for a tall receiver and has excellent hands and good ball skills. Most importantly he has the trust of Drew Brees from whom he caught an unheard-of 76 percent of his 121 targets. Thomas also saw a fair amount of red-zone work last year (19 targets, T-11th) despite missing a game, and his size and hands make him well-suited to operate there -- seven of Thomas' nine scores came on red-zone throws. Thomas isn't a major downfield weapon -- only one catch of 40-plus yards, and his 12.4 YPC average was pedestrian. (His 9.4 YPT was fifth best, but driven entirely by his absurd catch rate.) Even with Cooks gone it's unlikely Thomas will see the deep balls left behind. While Willie Snead (4.56 40) is suited more to a possession role, the team added home run specialist Ted Ginn to run those routes, so Thomas' target depth should remain roughly the same. While Thomas might not be a game-breaker, he's a quality intermediate target, red-zone threat and top option in a Drew Brees-led offense.
Drafted 47th overall, Thomas has a chance for a significant role as a rookie with long-time Saint Marques Colston no longer around. While Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks should start, both are small and not especially useful in the red zone. At 6-3, 212, Thomas is tall, athletic and agile. He's not fast - 4.57 40 - but he has good hands, solid ball skills and scored 18 TDs the last two seasons at Ohio State. Tight end Coby Fleener will also see red-zone work, and 6-6 Brandon Coleman should make the team, but Thomas is the favorite for the No. 3 receiver job.
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Another double-digit catch effort in Week 2 win
WRNew Orleans Saints
September 16, 2018
Thomas brought in 12 of 13 targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 21-18 win over the Browns on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
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Logs full workout
WRNew Orleans Saints
September 13, 2018
Thomas (illness) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Returns to practice
WRNew Orleans Saints
Illness
September 13, 2018
Thomas (illness) participated in Thursday's practice, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Picks up illness
WRNew Orleans Saints
Illness
September 12, 2018
Thomas didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
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Misses practice Wednesday
WRNew Orleans Saints
September 12, 2018
Thomas (undisclosed) was absent from practice Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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