College: Ohio State | 6 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 3/3/1993
2022 Bye Week: 14
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
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New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas did not travel with the team and is not playing in the preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 14, against the Houston Texans.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas missed the entire 2021 season with a foot injury but has been practicing in full during training camp so this is a precautionary move.
New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was in team drills at training camp practice for the first time on Saturday and came out of them with no setbacks. Thomas even went to the ground and had no issues. So far, Thomas has looked really good at training camp after missing all of last season with a left ankle injury. He hasn't been wearing a brace or wrap on his ankle either, and although he's not quite 100 percent, Thomas is tracking to be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener. It would be unrealistic for fantasy managers to expect the 29-year-old to return to being the best receiver in the game this year, but there's a good chance he'll reclaim his role as the team's top wideout if he stays healthy. Thomas's fantasy ADP is surely to rise in the coming weeks if he continues to look good in training camp.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) took part in drills on Saturday, Aug. 6, for the first time since being activated off the active/physically unable to perform list. Thomas came away with no issues afterwards.
Fantasy Spin: This is yet another step in the right direction for Thomas, who is in line to be ready for Week 1. The veteran hasn't suited up in a game since 2020, so we'll tentatively call him a high-end WR2 with immense upside until he shows he's all the way back.
ESPN's Mike Triplett expects New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to be the team's WR1, but his fantasy ceiling is a trickier question since we don't know how long it will take him to return to peak physical form after missing all of the 2021 season due to his ankle injury. Thomas' return to training camp practice on Day 1 was a step in the right direction, but he will also be splitting time alongside Jarvis Landry and first-round rookie Chris Olave. He'll also be playing with a different style of quarterback in Jameis Winston, who might not pepper him with targets the same way Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater did. The 29-year-old shouldn't be expected to return to being the best receiver in the game like he was before his injury in 2020, but he can be a solid WR3 in fantasy at a discounted price.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) took part in every portion of practice on Wednesday except for full-team drills, and he looked fluid and had no noticeable braces or wrapping around the left ankle that kept him sidelined all of last year. Thomas and head coach Dennis Allen aren't putting a timetable on when the former Offensive Player of the Year will be back to 100%, but Thomas is "very confident" that he'll be back as good as ever. Barring a setback, it seems like the 29-year-old has a great chance to be ready for Week 1, but fantasy managers have to decide if they think he can return to being one of the top wideouts in the game. Thomas will have to re-establish himself in this offense alongside rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry.
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) looked fluid and had no noticeable braces or wrapping on his left ankle Wednesday, July 27. Thomas is confident that he'll return to the player he was before injuring the ankle in Week 1 of 2020.
Fantasy Spin: He's 29 now and has a lot to play for financially. Can he return to the 149-1,725-9 player? It's unlikely. He's a WR2 with some risk and reward in fantasy right now.
Correcting a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is off the active/physically unable to perform list after taking part in practice on Wednesday, July 27.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after opening training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That didn't take long, and it's a great sign that Thomas will be good to go for Week 1, barring any setbacks for an ankle injury that kept him out for all of 2021. The 29-year-old veteran did everything but full-team work on Wednesday, and he looked to be moving around well. Before his injury in 2020, Thomas was the best receiver in football, but he'll have to establish himself in a receiving room that now includes first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. If Thomas looks like his old self this summer, his fantasy ADP will continue to rise.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) 'moved well' in training camp practice on Wednesday, July 27, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football. Underhill also noted that Thomas participated in individual and route work but did not take part in team work. Thomas is currently on the active/physically unable to perform list.
Fantasy Spin: This is the latest step in the right direction for Thomas, who hasn't suited up since 2020 due to issues with his ankle. We're penciling in Thomas as a WR2 for now until we see he's all the way back, but he'll be an elite WR1 if he can return to form.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that he doesn't expect wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list for long at training camp. Thomas wasn't able to avoid the PUP to kick off camp, but it sounds like the Saints expect him at practice sooner than later. The 29-year-old missed all of 2021, but barring a setback this summer, it seems has a good chance of being ready by Week 1 of the regular season. He led the NFL in receptions in 2018 and 2019 and had a league-high 1,725 receiving yards in 2019, but that was also back when Drew Brees was still around. Thomas is coming off a major injury and will have to re-establish himself in a receiver room that now includes first-round rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. He should be considered a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy drafts.
The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (finger) on the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp. Both players can be activated at any time, but they won't be able to practice until they are activated. If either player stays on the PUP list for the start of the regular season, they'd be forced to miss at least the first four games. Thomas missed all of 2021 and most of the 2020 campaign due to ankle issues. The 29-year-old was one of the best wideouts in the game before his injury and he should be the team's No. 1 target once he returns, but the long layoff and the additions of rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry will take away valuable targets. Consider Thomas a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy.
Dynasty | Saints receiver Michael Thomas will begin training camp on the PUP list. Dynasty Analysis: The move isn't unexpected but it's also far from ideal. Thomas' health remains one of 2022's storylines though it seems he's nearing 100% and his stint on the PUP list may be a short one. A troublesome ankle injury has cost the the past superstar nearly two full years and until we see him producing on the field for the restructured team, his ultimate impact and fantasy performance can only be guessed at. Thomas is ranked as DLF's WR47 and is 29 years-of-age. He's a risk-on dynasty asset for competitive teams.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 21.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is close to being cleared but will miss the first few practices because of his injury. He is expected to be ready for the regular season and will be a focal point in the passing game for the Saints. He can be considered a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) continues to work his way back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the entire 2021 season. The reports have been positive, so it sounds like Thomas is making good progress. The organization is optimistic that Thomas will be cleared early in training camp. It's understandable that fantasy managers would be hesitant about Thomas. He hasn't played since the 2020 season and will be battling for targets with Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave. Despite that, Thomas is still a stud and should be viewed as a high-end WR2, assuming he's healthy.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) is expected to be medically cleared at some point during the early part of training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons but is one of the better receivers in the NFL when healthy. He can be considered a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) recently released a video of himself running routes on Friday, July 1, showing his progress from offseason ankle surgery. The Saints are hoping to have Thomas ready by training camp.
Fantasy Spin: This is another positive sign that Thomas, who hasn't suited up since December 2020, is indeed on track to return. We're penciling him in as a WR2 for now until we see him return to his elite WR1 form of years past.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) recently posted a video of himself running routes, a positive update regarding the veteran's rehab efforts. Thomas is coming off off-season ankle surgery, with head coach Dennis Allen allowing the multi-time Pro Bowler to get to 100% before he returns to the team. Yet, things appear to be moving in the right direction, so there's a chance he could be back for training camp. However, Thomas isn't a sure thing on the fantasy end anymore, although based on his years of dominance, it will be hard for fantasy managers to ignore him.
As expected, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) watched mandatory minicamp practice on Tuesday from the sidelines on Tuesday. He has been rehabbing at the team's facilities throughout organized team activities and minicamp, but he hasn't been able to get back on the field after missing all of the 2021 season. The 29-year-old played in only seven games in 2020, too, but he was the best receiver in the NFL in 2018 and 2019. It remains to be seen if Thomas will even be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July, which continues to make him an extremely risky fantasy selection right now as a WR3. When he does return, he'll be fighting for targets with rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran Jarvis Landry.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) isn't expected at upcoming minicamp. However, head coach Dennis Allen isn't concerned, commenting that he'd like the 29-year-old recovered fully from offseason ankle surgery before returning to the team. Thomas continues his rehab efforts, with the multi-time Pro Bowler recently advancing to running sprints, and he's likely to be ready for training camp. Nevertheless, while the wideout isn't a lock to be the fantasy juggernaut he was in the past, he still has a much higher upside than most.
Dynasty | Where Saints receiver Michael Thomas is at in his rehab from last year's ankle injury "has been mostly a mystery" and he's doubtful to participate in mini-camp. Dynasty Analysis: Head coach Dennis Allen said "I'm good with where Mike Thomas is" and that he'd much rather have the former star receiver at 100% but that he's not there yet. Aside from the physical element of his return, Thomas appears to be confident and focused on returning to his former self. In a recent tweet he extolled "No matter what I done conquered, I'm going back in and im going bonkers." Dynasty coaches remain skeptical as evidenced by Thomas' WR46 ranking. He makes for an intriguing buy-low target for competitive dynasty teams on the chance he returns to old form.