Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. We were right to be worried about the back-to-back DNPs on Wednesday and Thursday. With Thomas out, Emmanuel Sanders gets a big bump into low-end WR2 territory. Tre'Quan Smith is also a decent WR4/WR5 dart throw and Jared Cook is back in the TE1 range. Alvin Kamara gets a big bump as well since he saw incredible usage with Thomas out earlier in the season.
NO WR Emmanuel Sanders - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs Panthers
Sanders is having a fine finish to his first season in New Orleans, with at least 70 yards in his last two games. It’ll be another week without Michael Thomas, so at least one more game where Sanders is the guy on the outside. Carolina has had inconsistent play at the cornerback position this season, so Sanders might provide one more spark in the Saints’ push for the top seed.