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Michael Thomas

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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: 431 WR

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2022 RTSports Outlook

An ankle injury sidelined Thomas all of last season. He didn't play a single game, having several setbacks with the injury. He has played just seven games the last two seasons. He had three straight seasons with 100-plus receptions before the last two years. Thomas is 29 years old and remains the top receiver in the Saints explosive offense. Thomas is an elite talent that is one of the top receivers in the game when healthy. 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: Injuries are the big concern with Thomas. Can he rebound after the last two seasons? He certainly has the talent to do so, but taking him as anything more than a low-end No. 2 is probably a bad idea. You can't draft him based on past seasons. He probably won't reach those levels again. For now, look for around 80 receptions for 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is expected to make his much-anticipated return to the field following a year-and-a-half absence from an ankle injury and complications in his recovery. In his last healthy season in 2019, he commanded an astronomical 34.4% target share, leading the league and giving him an overall WR1 finish by a near 100-point margin in PPR formats. Since that time, the team has a new quarterback in Jameis Winston, a new head coach in Dennis Allen, and new surrounding wide receivers in Jarvis Landry and No. 11 overall pick Chris Olave of Ohio State. Thomas is one of the most intriguing players in 2022 drafts. His upside could make him a league-winner, but he could also be a complete non-factor coming back from such a debilitating injury at age-29 with a quarterback downgrade from now-retired Drew Brees. His ADP seems to be weighing his ceiling and floor appropriately, right around 70 overall as the WR31. This places him just behind Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney. If Thomas can re-establish himself as a healthy alpha receiver, he could be one of the biggest bargains in drafts, but it remains a huge question.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is expected to make his much-anticipated return to the field following a year-and-a-half absence from an ankle injury and complications in his recovery. In his last healthy season in 2019, he commanded an astronomical 34.4% target share, leading the league and giving him an overall WR1 finish by a near 100-point margin in PPR formats. Since that time, the team has a new quarterback in Jameis Winston, a new head coach in Dennis Allen, and new surrounding wide receivers in Jarvis Landry and No. 11 overall pick Chris Olave of Ohio State. Thomas is one of the most intriguing players in 2022 drafts. His upside could make him a league-winner, but he could also be a complete non-factor coming back from such a debilitating injury at age-29 with a quarterback downgrade from now-retired Drew Brees. His ADP seems to be weighing his ceiling and floor appropriately, right around 70 overall as the WR31. This places him just behind Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney. If Thomas can re-establish himself as a healthy alpha receiver, he could be one of the biggest bargains in drafts, but it remains a huge question.

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Player Notes
Aug 17 2:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen had good things to say about wide receiver Michael Thomas on Wednesday. "When I watch Michael Thomas at practice, I see the Michael Thomas that I saw pre-injury. I see a big, strong, physical, receiver that makes a ton of contested catches. I saw it in these practices. I see a guy that looks pretty good," Allen said. Thomas missed all of last year with an ankle injury, but he's expected to be full-go for Week 1 and should continue to slowly rise up fantasy draft boards as long as he stays healthy in training camp. A lot has changed since the 29-year-old was the best pass-catcher in the league in 2019, but Thomas could return to being the team's No. 1 wideout in 2022, even after the additions of rookie Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry.

From RotoBaller

Aug 17 2:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas looks like he did before his injury, head coach Dennis Allen said on Wednesday, Aug. 17. 'When I watch Michael Thomas at practice, I see the Michael Thomas that I saw pre-injury,' Allen said. 'I see a big, strong, physical, receiver that makes a ton of contested catches. I saw it in these practices. I see a guy that looks pretty good.'

Fantasy Spin: From all accounts, Thomas has been having a good training camp and looks to be back to form ahead of 2022. Thomas could prove to be a major steal if he falls to the middle rounds of drafts. We'll tentatively call him a WR2 with elite upside for now until we see it on the field.

From TheHuddle

Aug 16 3:53pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (knee) 'is going to be ready to go' (when the season starts) and we're excited about that,' according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Fantasy Spin: Allen's excitement would suggest that he expects to have Thomas healthy for a full season after the latter dealt with ankle injuries for consecutive seasons. The days of Thomas drawing 145-plus targets are probably gone with Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry joining the roster this season, but he is certainly more than capable of serving as a strong WR2 option at worst in fantasy if he stays on the field in 2022.

From TheHuddle

Aug 16 2:30pm ET

New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen believes that wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. "When the ball kicks off for real, Mike Thomas is going to be ready to go, and we're excited about that," Allen said. Thomas missed all of the 2021 season due to an ankle injury, but he's been practicing at training camp and is on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 29-year-old was the best pass-catcher in the league before injuries struck in 2020, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to return to that level in 2022. He could become quarterback Jameis Winston's top target, but the offense also includes first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. Thomas' stock is on the rise as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 with upside.

From RotoBaller

Aug 13 6:23pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Aug 6 1:20pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Aug 6 1:13pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Aug 2 12:00am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 28 10:20am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 28 10:03am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Jul 27 2:43pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Jul 27 1:00pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 27 11:53am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Jul 26 7:00pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 22 11:50am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 22 10:13am ET

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.

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Jul 21 5:13pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Jul 20 11:40am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Jul 19 8:33pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Jul 3 4:33pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 15-Feb-2022: NO Michael Thomas - Activated from PUP
  • 25-Sep-2021: NO Michael Thomas - Reinstated
  • 14-Sep-2021: NO Michael Thomas - Reserve, Non-Football Injury - COVID-19
  • 14-Sep-2021: NO Michael Thomas - Reserve, Did Not Report - COVID-19
  • 31-Aug-2021: NO Michael Thomas - Placed on PUP - ankle surgery
  • 27-Jul-2021: NO Michael Thomas - Placed on PUP - ankle
  • 19-Dec-2020: NOR Michael Thomas - On IR - ankle
  • 31-Jul-2019: NOR - Re-signed - Five-year extension (through 2024)
  • 09-May-2016: NOR - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2019)
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