New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has remained consistent throughout his career. While his numbers have fallen since his prime years, he is still garnering a 25.7% target share on the season with an average of 8.7 targets per game. That volume alone is enough to warrant a fantasy start. The concern is his efficiency with that volume, as his average yards per reception is at a career-low 9.2. PPR leagues reward receptions, making Thomas a valuable flex option, but he has yet to score a touchdown in 2023 and has not yet cleared 61 receiving yards in a game. Start him in PPR leagues with a safe floor, but know that his upside is limited.
Sep 29, 2023 9:22 AM EST
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas drew another nine targets in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Thomas has consistently drawn targets in the short field, catching six passes for 50 yards this week. Every week, he has had between eight and nine targets, five to seven receptions, and between 50-61 yards. Thomas has failed to find the end zone yet this season. He is a reliable flex option with a safe floor in PPR leagues, but has a limited ceiling.
Sep 25, 2023 3:08 PM EST
New Orleans Saints veteran wide receiver Michael Thomas has regained a role in the offense over the first two weeks of the season, hauling in 12 receptions on 17 targets for 116 yards. Thomas has seen consistent usage, making him an attractive FLEX option for Week 3 against a Green Bay defense that has been hit-or-miss. While the game is likely to be a lower-scoring affair, Thomas should deliver due to his consistent volume. Fire him up in Week 3 but be cautious that he could be held without a touchdown again.
Sep 22, 2023 9:06 AM EST
New Orleans Saints veteran receiver Michael Thomas was targeted early and often in the Week 2 win over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. Thomas drew nine targets, catching seven of them for 55 yards. The 30-year-old should be startable as long as he is healthy in PPR leagues if he continues to draw high volume like he has throughout the first two weeks. He has built chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr and is finally healthy for the first time in two seasons.
Sep 18, 2023 10:50 PM EST
New Orleans Saints veteran wide receiver Michael Thomas looked great in his return to the field in Week 1, earning eight targets. With Derek Carr consistently looking his way, Thomas should be in play as a FLEX option for the rest of the season as long as he is healthy. While the Week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers is anticipated to be low scoring, Thomas should still see enough volume to capture a respectable fantasy outing. Consider him for your FLEX this week, as he is in WR3 range.
Sep 15, 2023 11:57 AM EST
New Orleans Saints veteran receiver Michael Thomas was back on the field Sunday after missing a large amount of the past two seasons with various injuries. Thomas was targeted eight times, grabbing five receptions for 61 yards. He had a 24% target share in the Week 1 victory over Tennessee. Thomas moved like his old self, which was very encouraging for Saints fans and fantasy owners to see. As long as he is healthy, Thomas should be slotted into lineups weekly going forward. The Saints' passing attack appears to be largely concentrated on Thomas, Chris Olave, and Rashid Shaheed.
Sep 10, 2023 9:36 PM EST
New Orleans Saints veteran receiver Michael Thomas has played three games in the past two seasons, battling numerous injuries along the way, but finally claims to be healthy. The 30-year-old receiver was a late-round selection in fantasy drafts this season due to his inability to be on the field, but when he did play last season he was still very good and looked like his record-setting 2019 self. With Olave likely garnering the attention of opposing teams' top cornerback, Thomas could have the ability to be open often. Against a rebuilding Tennessee secondary, Thomas is a more than capable flex option for Week 1. He scored three touchdowns in three games last season and could start off hot again when on the field.
Sep 8, 2023 12:47 PM EST
The Athletic's Larry Holder writes that we are in "see-it-to-believe-it" mode with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas after the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year has played in just three games since Week 14 of 2020 due to injuries. However, he was a full participant in training camp practices and played in the preseason opener. The 30-year-old is motivated to show that he can still play in the NFL, and the Saints could use a viable complement in the offense next to second-year wideout Chris Olave. Holder thinks Thomas could be a sneaky addition to fantasy rosters, but it's also a risky thought. For what it's worth, he had 16 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns in three games in 2022. If he can stay healthy, he should be a solid WR4/flex option for fantasy managers.
Sep 5, 2023 8:31 PM EST
According to John DeShazier of the Saints' official site, Thomas, who was cleared to practice in full during training camp, said Tuesday that he feels like he's "trending in the right direction," and, "taking every day one day at a time..." as he works continues to work his way back from nearly a two-season long hiatus.
Aug 1, 2023 8:30 PM EST
Coach Dennis Allen said Thomas (toe) will be a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Jul 25, 2023 9:19 AM EST
Thomas (toe) is expected to be a full participant when training camp opens Wednesday, NewOrleans.Football's Nick Underhill reports.
Jul 24, 2023 6:23 PM EST
Thomas (toe) was present for Tuesday's OTA practice.
Jun 6, 2023 10:58 AM EST
Coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that he expects Thomas (toe) to be "good to go" for training camp, Ross Jackson of SI reports.
May 11, 2023 7:45 AM EST
Thomas, who is on injured reserve due to a dislocated toe, restructured his contract with the Saints on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Jan 7, 2023 8:37 AM EST
Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that Thomas needs season-ending surgery to address a dislocated second toe on his right foot and will go on injured reserve, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Nov 3, 2022 12:50 PM EST
Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Oct 28, 2022 11:55 AM EST
Thomas (foot) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Oct 27, 2022 12:29 PM EST
Thomas (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Oct 26, 2022 12:48 PM EST
Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Arizona, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Oct 19, 2022 11:50 AM EST
Thomas (foot) isn't taking part in Tuesday's practice, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Oct 18, 2022 12:29 PM EST