College: Ohio State | 4 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 3/3/1993
Depth Chart: WR1.1
2019 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 107.7
Avg Pts: 17.95
Rank: 1 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.
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is a WR1 in Week 7, despite a tough matchup against the Bears. Through six weeks, Thomas checks in as fantasy football's WR2 and has seen at least 12 targets in consecutive games. The former Ohio State star faces a Bears Defense that ranks eighth in points allowed to opposing wide receivers. Thomas could see double-digit targets for a third week, as the Saints will potentially be without star running back Alvin Kamara, who is battling an ankle injury. Thomas should get plenty of opportunities in this contest, especially if Kamara is unable to play.
Michael Thomas hauled in 8 catches for 89 yards on 12 targets in Sunday's 13-6 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jalen Ramsey wasn't active in Week 6, and Thomas went to work exposing the Jags secondary. Teddy Bridgewater didn't take many deep shots, and when he did, they mainly fell in Ted Ginn Jr.'s direction, which kept Thomas's ceiling capped. Thomas's stranglehold over New Orleans' target share won't be changing anytime soon, so expect him to continue dominating in the weeks to come.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught a team-high eight of 12 targets for 89 yards in his team's Week 6 win. Thomas was leaned on in the second half after an already-hobbled Alvin Kamara tweaked his knee. The star wideout has a good rapport with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, though the two failed to connect in the red zone a couple times. Nevertheless, Thomas continues to thrive in the Saints offense and will look to continue his success against the stingy Chicago Bears Defense in Week 7.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught eight passes for 89 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. He was targeted 12 times during the game.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas has posted at least 89 yards in five of the six games this season and is one of the most consistent fantasy receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option no matter the opponent.
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) is inactive for Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. This news comes after Ramsey reportedly told Jaguars owner Shad Khan that he would play earlier this week. Jacksonville will find it harder to stop Saints wideout Michael Thomas without Ramsey and will need corner A.J. Bouye to step up once again. The Jaguars are an iffy fantasy play in Week 6.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas needs to be targeted as much as possible, according to QB Teddy Bridgewater. 'Man, I have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL out here and I get to throw the ball to him whenever I feel like it,' Bridgewater said.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is coming off his best game since Bridgewater took over for Drew Brees, and with 20 catches on 22 targets over the last two games, it is safe to say that Thomas can still be trusted as a WR1 with Bridgewater running the show.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will look to continue his success against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. Thomas currently ranks third in the NFL in targets (55), first in catches (45) and first in receiving yards (543). At this point, he'd be a strong fantasy option with Uncle Rico throwing him footballs. He draws a middling Jaguars Defense that ranks 18th in fantasy points against wide receivers. Pending injury reports, Thomas will likely be shadowed by Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back). This would limit Thomas' upside just a bit, though he's still a must-start in all formats.
Saints' WR Michael Thomas scored an impressive 41.20 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 5 win against the Buccaneers. Thomas caught 11 passes for 182 yards with two touchdowns. It's the 1st time this season Thomas scored at least 25 fantasy points in a game.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas rolled up 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets in Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas posted his first 100-yard performance since Week 1 against Houston, and it was his first giant stat line with Teddy Bridgewater under center. The two looked awfully comfortable, and it will be interesting to see if they can carry it over into Week 6 at Jacksonville.
New Orleans' WR Michael Thomas had 11 receptions for 182 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has seen a drop in production with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at the helm. The 26-year-old has gotten just 16 looks throughout the past two weeks, a 10-target decrease from the first two games of the season. Additionally, he has hauled in only 14 receptions (with one touchdown) in Weeks 3 and 4 combined, while also accumulating just 149 receiving yards during that same span. However, things could turn around for Thomas in Week 5 against a Buccaneers Defense that flourishes at stopping the run but struggles defending the pass, allowing a league-worst 338 receiving yards per game. Thomas should be considered a must-start in all formats, even with the unproductive Bridgewater under center on Sunday.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught nine passes for 95 yards during the team's Week 4 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas caught all of his targeted balls in posting game highs in receptions and yards. He's the clear No. 1 target in New Orleans, and he's doing a respectable job of keeping his fantasy value up despite Teddy Bridgewater's limitations. Keep him in your starting lineup in all leagues.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was seemingly the only receiver on the team that did anything for the Saints in their victory. He caught all nine of his targets for 95 yards in the 12-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas has surprisingly not lost any value since quarterback Drew Brees went down. He continues to be a strong WR1 with Teddy Bridgewater under helm. Thomas should be an elite WR1 next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will look to find the end zone for the second consecutive game when he takes on the Dallas Cowboys at home in Week 4. Thomas didn't have a huge game in Week 3 but he did connect with Teddy Bridgewater for a touchdown. With Bridgewater under center, the targets have really consolidated to either Thomas or running back Alvin Kamara with few little work going to the other pass-catchers. The Cowboys have been more vulnerable against the pass this season, ranking 15th in pass defense DVOA, compared to seventh against the run. While he might not have the same high ceiling as he does when Drew Brees is under center, Thomas still has a very high floor. Treat Thomas as a top-five wide receiver against Dallas in Week 4.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with a season-low five receptions (seven targets) for 54 yards and a touchdown during the win over Seattle on Sunday. After compiling 20 catches on 26 looks coming into this one, his decline in attention from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was somewhat troubling, to say the least. Nonetheless, he is expected to bounce back as he continues to build a rapport with Bridgewater, so now is not the time to sell-low. Keep him rolling against the Cowboys in Week 4 in a Sunday Night Football showdown.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught five of his seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy Spin: The touchdown was his first of the season and came on a fourth-down play from a yard out. It took a while to get him involved and his biggest gain was only 18 yards, but fantasy owners will take it considering what could have been from Teddy Bridgewater. Thomas' numbers figure to take a fairly sizable hit while Drew Brees is sidelined, but he will remain a must-start regardless - including in a tougher matchup next week at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas may be missing his starting quarterback, but that shouldn't stop the fourth-year wide receiver from contributing in a potentially juicy Week 3 matchup against Seattle. Teddy Bridgewater peppered Thomas with targets last week after Brees was forced to leave the game due to injury, and there's no reason to believe the game plan will change without the Saints No.1 quarterback under center. Seattle has allowed a downright ugly 575 yards through the air so far this season, so moving the ball should not be an issue for the Saints. Expect Thomas to get his usual 10-plus targets this week, slotting him in as a low-end WR1 even with the loss of his starting quarterback.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was targeted 13 times for the second week in a row, finishing with 10 receptions for 89 yards during the loss to the Rams. While it is concerning that Thomas wont be catching passes from quarterback Drew Brees (thumb) for at least six weeks, he still saw his fair share of looks from backup Teddy Bridgewater throughout the remainder of the contest. Thomas may see a small decrease in production while the veteran signal-caller is sidelined, but he should remain a must-start fantasy option, obviously.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 10 passes (on 13 targets) for 89 yards in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas has opened 2019 with back-to-back 10-reception outings, and his value should remain high no matter who is under center for the Saints.
Saints' WR Michael Thomas had 10 receptions for 89 yards but no touchdowns in Sunday's loss in Los Angeles Rams. It was Thomas's 2nd consecutive 100+ yard receiving game. He has averaged 10 catches with 106 receiving yards in those games.