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WR NOR

College: Ohio State | 3 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 3/3/1993
2019 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 255
Avg Pts: 15.94
Rank: 3 WR

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2019 RTSports Outlook

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.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
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Week 229.10Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Michael Thomas 2 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 12 receptions (6.00 pts)
Michael Thomas 171 rush and rec yds (17.10 pts)
Week 35.60Michael Thomas 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Michael Thomas 36 rush and rec yds (3.60 pts)
Player Notes
Jun 21 11:43am ET

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.

Jun 19 11:53am ET

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.

Jun 18 10:03pm ET

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.

Jun 17 6:23pm ET

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.

May 24 2:30pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Mar 10 12:23pm ET

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.

Jan 30 1:43am ET

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.

Jan 21 12:20am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jan 20 8:13pm ET

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.

Jan 20 12:43pm ET

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.

Jan 15 5:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is just the fourth player since 1970 to achieve multiple playoff games with at least 130 receiving yards.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas led his position in catches in the regular season (125) and has kept it going in the playoffs. Drew Brees may not play much longer, but Thomas will be a WR1 candidate no matter who his quarterback is.

Jan 15 4:40pm ET

Saints' WR Michael Thomas scored an impressive 35.10 fantasy points in Sunday's playoff win against the Eagles. Thomas caught 12 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown. Thomas scored at least 25 fantasy points five times during the regular season.

Jan 14 2:00pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught 12 passes for 171 yards, including a go-ahead touchdown, in the Saints 20-14 playoff win over the Eagles. The Saints amassed 301 passing yards and Thomas registered over half the team's amount in a big-time performance. The Pro Bowl receiver caught 125 passes this season and once again was a tough player to cover as the Saints are now only one win away from the Super Bowl. Thomas will be the top ranked WR in fantasy among the final four teams heading into next week's Championship weekend.

From RotoBaller

Jan 14 1:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 28 of 38 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interceptions in the Saints 20-14 playoff win over the Eagles. Brees overcame an interception on the first offensive play in the game to lead the Saints to being one win away from the Super Bowl. The key moment was an 18-play scoring drive in the third quarter that culminated in a 2-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Thomas to give the Saints the lead for good. Brees will be a top fantasy option once again next week as the Saints will host the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.

From RotoBaller

Jan 13 8:30pm ET

New Orleans' WR Michael Thomas had 12 receptions for 171 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's win against the Eagles.

Jan 13 8:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 12 of his 16 targets for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.

Fantasy Spin: The Saints fell behind early, and Brees quickly turned to his favorite target early and often. With a potentially high-scoring matchup on tap with the Rams in the conference title game next weekend, Thomas could be a busy man once again. Don't hesitate to use him in all playoff contests.

Jan 9 2:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has a dynamite matchup this weekend in the playoffs against the Eagles. Thomas has enjoyed a superb season, racking up 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. Thomas and the Saints offense will go up against an Eagles secondary that allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers during the regular season. They have allowed 14-plus fantasy points to 11 different receivers this season, including 10 receptions, 142 yards and one touchdown to the Bears Allen Robinson last week. Thomas could lead all receivers in fantasy points for the division round of the playoffs this week.

From RotoBaller

Dec 30 7:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted a team-high five receptions for 29 yards on seven targets in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas probably played a little more than Saints fans would like, risking injury in a meaningless game. He'll be one of the top fantasy targets for those playing in postseason leagues.

Dec 30 12:00pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara are both inactive for Week 17 against the Panthers. The Saints have already locked up home-field advantage and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, so it doesn't make sense for their studs to play in a meaningless game. Don't expect Michael Thomas or Mark Ingram to play much either, if at all. Wide receiver Ted Ginn is also inactive. Rookie wideouts Tre'Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood should see plenty of playing time in the passing game, while Dwayne Washington could see a significant role in the backfield behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

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Player Transactions
  • 09-May-2016: NOR - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2019)
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