College: Ohio State | 3 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 3/3/1993
2019 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 315.5
Avg Pts: 19.72
Rank: 3 WR
Thomas had another monster season as the top receiver for the Saints. He had a career high in receptions (125) and yards (1,405). Thomas was sixth overall in fantasy receiver scoring last year. He had six games with 20-plus fantasy points. He had double-digit receptions six times. Thomas also had four 100-yard games. He did not have fewer than four receptions in any game. Thomas has three straight 1,000-yard seasons and at least 92 receptions all three years. He also has two straight seasons hitting the 100-reception mark. Thomas is an elite talent that will serve as the No. 1 receiver for the Saints for years to come. Thomas is a big receiver that runs very good routes and has plus hands. He lacks a little top speed, though, but does a good job of using his size to stretch the field and make plays.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Thomas is a top-five fantasy receiver. He'll get a ton of catches and yards. The only thing holding him back from being the top overall receiver is a lack of scores. He has yet to reach double-digit touchdowns in any season. He still remains a legit elite receiver despite the lack of big touchdown totals. Look for around 110 catches for 1,300 yard and 10 touchdowns.
Aside from bringing in tight end Jared Cook, the New Orleans Saints didnt do much with their receiving corps this offseason. Thats good news for wide receiver Michael Thomas, who prepares for his fourth NFL season and is coming off an incredibly impressive year in which Thomas led the NFL with 125 receptions, turning them into 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a great rapport with Thomas last year, and while age could start to catch up to Brees and hurt the Saints offense, Thomas has the kind of role that wouldnt be greatly affected by that. Hes the teams top receiving threat, a guy who posted a catch rate of 85 percent last season and, based on his usage, should have found the end zone even more than the nine times he did. Thomas had 12 catches inside the 10-yard line, but scored on just six of those, a fairly low rate that should correct itself this season. That could be enough to land Thomas in the fantasy top five at the wide receiver position for the first time in his career, especially if some of the big name wideouts who switched teams this offseason arent able to have an instant connection with their quarterbacks. Thomas is one of the safest picks you can make at the top of the second round in your fantasy drafts.
|No Playoff Match Up|
|Week 2||35.10||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 2 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 171 receiving yds (17.10 pts)
Michael Thomas 12 receptions (12.00 pts)
|Week 3||7.60||Michael Thomas 36 receiving yds (3.60 pts)|
Michael Thomas 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has logged 321 receptions since entering the NFL, and he is the only player in league history to record at least 300 catches in his first three seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is one of the most dependable receivers in the league and the go-to option for Drew Brees. He's locked in for another season of WR1 production.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has averaged 3.63 yards per route run while lining up in the slot since 2017 - the best such mark for any receiver with at least 235 routes run out of the slot over the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' asking price has come down to $22 million per year, while the Saints are sitting at $18 million per year. Thomas is in Europe, and nothing is imminent.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas has emerged as one of the better WR1 options in PPR formats with a lot more stability than some of the sexier names in new uniforms or situations.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas and the team remain far apart in contract talks, and nothing is imminent. However, both sides are motivated to get a deal done.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is an elite WR1 whether he has a new deal in place or not.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas averaged 3.68 yards per route run from the slot in 2018, easily the highest average among qualified receivers per Pro Football Focus.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has had some contract extension talks with the Saints, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is entering the final year of his contract, so there is a chance the two sides reach an agreement before the start of the season. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 option in all fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas can become a free agent after this season, while defensive end Cameron Jordan can become a free agent in 2021. Thomas and Jordan, who are both attending organized team activities, are two of the most underpaid stars at their positions in the NFL. Thomas, 26, will make only $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie deal after averaging 107 catches, 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns per season in his first three years. His 321 catches are the most in history by a receiver in his first three seasons. Thomas could become the first receiver to average $20 million per year. Neither Thomas nor Jordan plan on holding out, and Jordan said he wants to be a "Saints lifer." Jordan's average salary ranks 22nd among 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas tweeted congratulations Saturday, March 9 to Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown regarding his new extension which equates to $19.8M per season, and now awaits a new deal of his own, which in the estimation of veteran reporter, could fetch at least $20 million per year.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas led the league in receptions with 125 -- hauling in an unheard-of 85 percent of his targets -- to finish as fantasy's fourth-ranked PPR wideout and having just turned 26 with his rookie deal set to expire after the 2019 season, he's up for big-$$$ extension at just the right time.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is eligible for a contract extension and could be in line for money in the 'Odell Beckham neighborhood,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Thomas is set to earn $1.148 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Fantasy Spin: This appears to be purely speculation by Breer at this point, but given what Thomas has done it's not an unreasonable idea. Breer also points out that the Saints have been hesitant to pay skill players big-time money. It's unlikely to matter much for 2019, but it's at least a piece of info to file away for those in keeper leagues.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught four passes for only 36 yards in the Saints 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. Thomas was targeted seven times but disappointed for a player that caught 125 passes in the regular season. The Saints offense revolved mostly around teammate Alvin Kamara and Thomas was a non-factor. Despite the disappointing end to his season, Thomas will remain a top choice among wide receivers in fantasy heading into next season.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered just four receptions for 36 yards on seven receptions in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas tore up the Rams in the regular season matchup, but the Rams did a good job of taking him out of the game and forcing others to beat them. He'll be back and better than ever in 2019, and proved you 'Can't cover Mike' more often than not. Thomas is a bona fide WR1 in all fantasy formats heading into next season.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 86 percent of his targets this season. That was the highest single-season percentage in NFL history from one player to another (minimum: 100 completions).
Fantasy Spin: Thomas "only" caught 75 percent of his targets (12 of 16) in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Eagles, but they went for 171 yards and a TD in the 20-14 win. In the Week 9 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas reeled in 12-of-15 targets for a career-high 211 yards and a TD, and even though Rams CB Aqib Talib will play in this meeting, still expect Thomas to get his fair share of receptions as usual.