College: Ohio State | 5 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 3/3/1993
2020 Bye Week: 6
Total Pts: 148
Avg Pts: 9.25
Rank: 1 WR
Thomas led all fantasy receivers in scoring last year and had one of the best seasons ever for a receiver. He had career highs across the board, catching 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. Thomas had double-digit fantasy points all but the last game of the season. He had nine games with double-digit receptions and 10 100-yard games. Thomas has four straight 1,000-yard seasons and at least 92 receptions all four years. He also has three 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 our top rated fantasy receiver. He will have a hard time repeating last year's monster season but could come close to those numbers. He is in the prime of his career and plays in an offense that suits him so well. He was a difference maker for fantasy teams and could be that again this year. He should be considered a top-five fantasy pick in PPR formats. He can get around 130 receptions for 1,500 yards and double-digit scores.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will undoubtedly be the first wideout off the board in the majority of upcoming fantasy drafts. After a historic season that included 1,725 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, the fifth-year man out of Ohio State will look to surpass those numbers in 2020. While Thomas' yards and touchdown totals were impressive, he made his most significant fantasy impact in PPR formats by compiling double-digit receptions nine times while seeing double-digit targets on 12 occasions. The addition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders may lead to a slight decrease in production; however, the return of Drew Brees will likely keep him in the running to finish another season as the league's top receiver.
|Week 1||7||Michael Thomas 123 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 123 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Week 2||5||Michael Thomas 89 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 89 receiving yds (4 pts)
|Week 3||9||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 1 yd TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater
Michael Thomas 54 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 54 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 4||5||Michael Thomas 95 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 95 receiving yds (4 pts)
|Week 5||22||Michael Thomas 2 receiving TDs (12 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 14 yd TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater
. . . Michael Thomas 12 yd TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater
Michael Thomas 182 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 182 receiving yds (9 pts)
|Week 6||5||Michael Thomas 89 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 89 receiving yds (4 pts)
|Week 7||7||Michael Thomas 131 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 131 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Week 8||12||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 9 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 112 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 112 receiving yds (5 pts)
|Week 10||8||Michael Thomas 152 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 152 receiving yds (7 pts)
|Week 11||12||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 16 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 114 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 114 receiving yds (5 pts)
|Week 12||12||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 3 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 101 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 101 receiving yds (5 pts)
|Week 13||3||Michael Thomas 48 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 48 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Playoff Week 1||13||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 21 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 134 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 134 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Playoff Week 2||13||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 15 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 128 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 128 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Playoff Week 3||13||Michael Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Michael Thomas 2 yd TD pass from Drew Brees
Michael Thomas 136 receiving yds (1 pts)
Michael Thomas 136 receiving yds (6 pts)
|Playoff Week 4||2||Michael Thomas 37 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 37 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 5||4||Michael Thomas 70 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Michael Thomas 70 receiving yds (3 pts)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the single-season receptions record last year by racking up 149 catches, surpassing Marvin Harrison's 2002 mark of 143. While that accomplishment would be good enough for most throughout the league, the 27-year-old is aiming to exceed his 2019 total heading into the 2020 campaign. Thomas convincingly dominated the fantasy picture last season, and in addition to his catch total, he also accumulated over 1,700 yards while finishing fifth in yards after the catch. He is expected to finish as the top fantasy wideout this season, and will likely get snagged off the draft board within the top three picks, especially in PPR formats.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was ranked as the No. 2 overall wideout in the league, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Though Fowler has Julio Jones ahead of the former Buckeye, Thomas will still likely remain to be one of the first players off the board in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign. The 27-year-old was the clear-cut best receiver in the league last season, finishing things up with a career-high 1,725 yards off of 149 catches to go along with nine touchdowns. Look for him to be taken within the first five selections in the majority of fantasy drafts heading into the year.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is the top-ranked wideout on Sports Illustrated's Big Board for the upcoming campaign. Thomas finished 2019 miles ahead of the No. 2 receiver in all formats. While contributor Bill Enright doesn't foresee another record-breaking season for the 27-year-old, he expects him to lead the league once again in many statistical categories. Thomas will hopefully be catching passes from Drew Brees for an entire 16-game stretch in 2020, with the future hall of fame signal-caller also having the luxury of playing behind one of the most efficient offensive lines in the league.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has hauled in 57.4 percent of his contested catch opportunities since 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. That mark ranks third in the league over that span.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who had his third straight 100-catch season in 2019, is in consideration as the best at his position after setting an NFL record with 149 receptions last season. At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, Thomas is a bully on the outside with a hard-nosed playing style. The 27-year-old has gone over the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first four seasons, totaling 298 first downs thanks to his sneaky running skills. The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees feed Thomas early and often as their clear No. 1 wideout, and opponents just haven't been able to stop him. He is an elite fantasy wideout that should be the first wide receiver off the board in all formats.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas "better break some more records," remarked receivers coach Curtis Johnson when asked how the star wideout could improve this upcoming season. The 27-year-old has a solid chance to do so as he was dominant in 2019. He finished by catching 149 of his 185 targets for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to being one of the most efficient fantasy options throughout the year. He is expected to be the first wide receiver off the board in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, with a potential No. 1 overall selection also being a possibility.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas set an NFL record with 149 catches in 2019, 91 of which netted the team a first down (most in the NFL), including nine touchdowns. Next Gen Stats shows that 97 of his catches came on short passes, which was 35 more than any other receiver. Thomas also caught 68.3 percent of his targets of 10-plus air yards, which was the best rate in the NFL among those with a minimum of 25 such targets. When Thomas wasn't targeted, he ranked third last year in his ability to attract an opponent's best and/or multiple defensive backs. The 27-year-old typically doesn't have massive weekly performances, but he sees a ton of looks from Drew Brees and is the safest receiver option you can find in fantasy. Thomas is worth considering as a top-five fantasy pick as the top wideout off the board in the first round.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas set the single-season receptions record in 2019 with 149 catches. Thomas was also one of just four wideouts with at least 50 targets who posted a catch percentage that was 10 percent above expectation, according to Next Gen Stats. He also had the highest target total of 185, 28 more than anyone else. But Thomas had just 8.1 air yards per target and produced the second-lowest average cushion among receivers at 4.8 yards. Opposing defenses pressed Thomas early and often, but Drew Brees continued to target him in small windows. Thomas was targeted on 31.9 percent of his routes run. With Brees still around for another season and Emmanuel Sanders joining the club to take some attention off of Thomas, the 27-year-old should produce another outstanding season. Thomas should be the first receiver off the board in the first round of drafts.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has been targeted 118 times on slant routes over the course of his four-year career and caught 97 of them for 988 yards - good for a success rate of 85 percent.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has recorded an NFL-best 299 receptions that resulted in first downs or touchdowns since entering the league in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is the favorite to lead the league in receiving yards in 2020, according to Caesars Sportsbook. Thomas finished the 2019 campaign with a league-leading 1,725 yards. Additionally, he caught 149 of his 185 targets, and also had nine touchdowns, finishing behind Cooper Kupp and Kenny Golladay. With Drew Brees returning for his final year and the Saints having one of the easiest schedules in the league, Thomas could be in store for another record-setting season in 2020. He is projected to be the first wideout off the board in fantasy drafts, but the case could be made for the 27-year-old to be the first overall selection for those who value his position over others.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas isn't disclosing his offseason workout program, but he vows to be ready whenever he's needed on the field with teammates. 'I'll be ready when the season comes,' Thomas said. 'More than ready.'
Fantasy Spin: Thomas had a career year in 2019 while leading the NFL with 149 receptions and 1,725 receiving yards, despite QB Drew Brees missing time due to injury. In an offseason where every team is expected to have a little less preparation time, Thomas' status as a top-two or three fantasy option will only be more accentuated.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 80.5 percent of his 185 targets in 2019 to lead all wide receivers with at least 75 targets.
Fantasy Spin: Targeting Thomas has proven to be a model of efficiency as he's reeled in at least 76 percent of his targets in three of his four seasons with the Saints. He's been a top-10 fantasy wideout in all four campaigns and slots right back in there in the 2020 preseason rankings -- and that's PPR or standard scoring.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas was targeted on a league-high 31.1 percent of his team's pass attempts in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: This is the kind of thing one would expect from a receiver who was targeted 185 times in a season like Thomas was last year. The Ohio State product has commanded a target share of at least 25 percent in each of the last three seasons, so no one should expect that to change in 2020 despite the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas is perhaps the safest pick a fantasy owner can make in the first round of drafts, as he has topped 90 catches, 1,100 yards and five touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas was charged with only three drops on 147 targets in 2018 - a drop percentage of two percent - but committed six drops on 185 targets in 2019 - a drop percentage of 3.2.