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Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Wide Receiver #13
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 7
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 212 lb.
College:Ohio State
Age:27
Born:March 3, 1993
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 2 (47)
Draft Team:NO

Michael Thomas: Wins Offensive Player of the Year

Thomas was voted the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday.

Analysis: It's hard to argue against Thomas winning the hardware, though Carolina's Christian McCaffrey was certainly in contention among non-quarterbacks. Thomas set a new NFL record with 149 receptions this season, finishing with 1,725 receiving yards and nine touchdowns to boot in helping the Saints to a 13-3 record.

February 1, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Goes for 70 yards in narrow loss

Thomas hauled in seven of eight targets for 70 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Thomas led the Saints in receiving, though he couldn't break out, compiling a pedestrian receiving line by his standards. He ends his fourth season in New Orleans with a lot of positive momentum on his side. After signing an enormous contract extension last off season, he delivered a historic campaign to Saints' brass, leading the league in receiving yards while catching an NFL-record 149 receptions. The Ohio State product has been unbelievably reliable since entering the league, and he should be an easy first-round fantasy pick in nearly all formats in 2020.

January 5, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Returns to full practice

Thomas (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas was limited at practice Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday puts the NFL's leading receiver on track to play Sunday against the Vikings and handle his usual high-volume role. The 2016 second-rounder set an NFL record this past season by racking up 149 receptions, which he parlayed into 1,725 yards and nine TDs.

January 2, 2020 2:19 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Logs limited practice Wednesday

Thomas (hand) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With that, we'll track Thomas's status as Sunday's playoff opener against the Vikings approaches, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the NFL's top pass catcher is in any danger of being out this weekend.

January 1, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Season-low stat line in blowout win

Thomas corralled four of nine targets for 37 yards in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: After battling a hand injury all week, Thomas suited up for the Saints' final regular-season matchup, though his performance was a let-down for fantasy owners. He produced his lowest receiving total of the season while snagging his fewest passes of the year in the blowout victory. Despite the poor Week 17 showing, Thomas will carry a 149/1,725/9 line into the playoffs.

December 29, 2019 3:28 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Suiting up Week 17

Thomas (hand) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game at Carolina, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Thomas upgraded to full participation Friday after logging limited practices Wednesday and Thursday. He already broke the single-season record for receptions and now will add to his total with the Saints still battling for a first-round bye. Thomas caught 10 of 11 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in his first matchup against the Panthers, a 34-31 Saints victory back in Week 12.

December 27, 2019 12:58 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Remains limited Thursday

Thomas (hand) was a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: Despite not being present at the part of Thursday's session open to the media, Thomas maintained his listing from Wednesday. The Saints haven't expressed any worry about his Week 17 availability as he tends to a hand injury, but there's a chance he's tabbed with a designation upon the release of Friday's practice report.

December 26, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Not spotted at practice Thursday

Thomas (hand) wasn't seen during the part of Thursday's practice open to the media, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Estimated as a limited participant at Wednesday's walk-through, Thomas' reps are being capped this week as he tends to a hand injury. So far, the Saints haven't indicated any worry about the wide receiver's availability for Sunday's game in Carolina. In any case, the narrative could change a bit if Thomas downgrades to a DNP on Thursday.

December 26, 2019 12:08 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Listed as limited on report

Thomas was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to a hand injury.

Analysis: The Saints merely held a brief walk-through for their Christmas Day session, but Thomas apparently would have missed out on some reps had the team held a traditional practice. In any event, the hand issue isn't expected to keep Thomas sidelined against the Panthers on Sunday, when the Saints will have a chance to move up from the No. 3 seed in the NFC to claim a first-round bye. The wideout should thus have a strong opportunity to add to his NFL-record 145 receptions, a mark he established one week earlier.

December 25, 2019 2:23 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Sets single-season reception record

Thomas caught 12 of 17 targets for 136 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: Thomas made history Sunday, as he surpassed Marvin Harrison's single-season reception record of 143 set in 2002. The record-setting reception came on an out route in the red zone, and Thomas grabbed one more ball in the contest for a game-sealing touchdown that brought his reception total to 145 on the year. He's been the model of consistency in his NFL career thus far, recording 466 receptions for 5,375 yards and 32 touchdowns in just 62 games. In four seasons, he's caught at least 100 balls three times, caught at least nine touchdowns three times, and eclipsed 1,100 yards all four times. The PPR wunderkind will have one more chance to add to a campaign for the ages when the Saints travel to Carolina in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Monster effort in blowout win

Thomas corralled all 12 of his targets for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Thomas was superb Monday, bringing in every one of his team-leading 12 targets thrown his way. With the huge stat line, the fourth-year receiver adds to a career year in which he's already crushed his previous bests in receiving yards and receptions. Heading into Week 16, Thomas boasts totals of 133 receptions (fourth-most all time) and 1,552 receiving yards. Both of those figures lead the NFL, and Thomas sits just 11 receptions away from breaking Marvin Harrison's single-season receptions record. He'll have a chance to make history when the Saints travel to Tennessee in Week 16. He's a no-brainer WR1 for that matchup.

December 16, 2019 8:20 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Rebounds with huge game

Michael Thomas brought in 11 of 15 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: After a season-low receiving total last week, Thomas bounced back in a huge way with his massive stat line. His 11 receptions bring his total to a league-leading 121 on the season, and he'll have three more games to eclipse Marvin Harrison's single-season record of 143. Thomas' 134 yards also brought him to 1,424 on the season, already surpassing his career-high 1,405 set in 2018. Thomas is a locked-and-loaded WR1 no matter the opponent, and his career year will continue in Week 15, as he takes on a Colts team that just gave up 474 yards through the air to the Buccaneers.

December 8, 2019 1:34 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Season-low receiving total

Thomas brought in six of eight targets for 48 yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.

Analysis: Thomas paced the Saints in receptions and tied for the team lead in targets, though his output was a bit light by his standards. The fourth-year man entered Thursday's contest having averaged 113 receiving yards on just over nine receptions per contest this season, but he came up with his lowest receiving total of the year Thursday. Drew Brees' uncharacteristic 184-yard night played a large part in Thomas' dud, and the All Pro receiver will try to bounce back from this outlier next week against San Francisco.

November 28, 2019 9:14 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Historically-prolific year persists

Thomas corralled 10 of 11 targets for 101 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-31 win against Carolina.

Analysis: Coming into Week 12, Thomas had accounted for more receptions than the Eagles' (93) and Ravens' (74) entire team receiving corps, and by the conclusion of the first quarter against the Panthers, he had already hauled in six passes to reach the century mark for the season. With 104 grabs through 11 games thus far in 2019, Thomas finds himself on pace to break Marvin Harrison's single-season receptions record (143) by eight. It's a delectable matchup forthcoming for Thomas on Thanksgiving night, facing a Falcons defense that surrendered a combined 11 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns to Buccaneers top targets Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on Sunday.

November 24, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Eclipses century mark in Week 11

Thomas secured eight of 11 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Thomas was in the familiar position of pacing the team in receiving yardage and targets, while his 16-yard scoring grab to close out the first quarter was his fifth of the season overall. The Pro Bowl wideout has four consecutive 100-yard efforts, and he's now recorded at least eight grabs in seven straight contests. Thomas will look to continue building on his stellar numbers versus the Panthers in a Week 12 divisional matchup.

November 17, 2019 2:03 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Solid showing in win

Thomas secured eight of 12 targets for 89 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Thomas wasn't anywhere near as prolific as he'd been at the expense of the Buccaneers in Week 5, but he was able to generate a solid fantasy afternoon overall versus a Jaguars defense missing Jalen Ramsey (back) for a third consecutive contest. Thomas once again unsurprisingly paced the Saints in targets and now has logged 25 looks over the last two games alone. The Pro Bowl receiver will look to make his mark once again versus the tough Bears defense Week 7.

October 13, 2019 1:36 PM EST

Michael Thomas: No coverage from Ramsey

Thomas will not have to face coverage from Jalen Ramsey (back) in Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Jaguars with the star cornerback declared inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Thomas is coming off an 11-catch, 182-yard, two-touchdown trampling of the Buccaneers in Week 5, and with Ramsey inactive, he theoretically will have an easier path to strong production once again Sunday. The Jaguars have been inconsistent in the secondary in Ramsey's absence, and Thomas' obvious rapport with Teddy Bridgewater could certainly come into play again Week 6.

October 13, 2019 9:54 AM EST

Michael Thomas: Signature effort in division win

Thomas secured 11 of 13 targets for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The spectacular stat line was one befitting of a vintage Thomas game with Drew Brees (thumb) under center, but the Pro Bowl receiver actually worked in concert with Teddy Bridgewater in eviscerating the Buccaneers defense all afternoon. The receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns were all season highs for Thomas, while his target tally equaled a high-water mark. With a nine-catch, 95-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 4 having preceded this performance, it's clear Thomas' fantasy value essentially remains almost as robust with Bridgewater under center as with Brees. Thomas will look to follow up Sunday's jaw-dropping numbers when he sees the Jaguars' depleted secondary in Week 6.

October 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Team-high 95 yards

Thomas caught all nine of his targets for 95 yards in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Thomas' 95 yards led all positions players on either side of the ball in a low-scoring affair. The forced switch from Drew Brees (thumb) to Teddy Bridgewater hasn't slowed the star wideout down too much. He is seeing five less targets per game, but he has 20.9 standard fantasy points in the two games started by Bridgewater compared to 21.2 in the two games that Brees started. The Packers present a tough matchup (188.0 passing yards per game allowed) for the Saints' passing attack next week, but Thomas is talented enough to remain a WR1 regardless of situation.

September 29, 2019 10:28 PM EST

Michael Thomas: Hauls in touchdown

Thomas caught five of seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against Seattle.

Analysis: Thomas was the second-most targeted receiver behind Alvin Kamara, creating some concern about his production with Teddy Bridgewater under center. On the other hand, he hauled in five of his seven targets and also found the end zone -- a continuation of his heralded efficiency. All told, some of Thomas' ceiling appears to be taken away by the absence of Drew Brees (thumb), but he remains a key part of an offense that Bridgewater showed the ability to run competently. Thomas will draw a Week 4 matchup against the Cowboys.

September 22, 2019 5:55 PM EST

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