• Michael Thomas

  • WR
  • , New Orleans Saints
  • 27
  • 212 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Thomas finished the 2019 season as the No. 1 fantasy receiver, and he did it in dramatic fashion, outsourcing the No. 2 (Chris Godwin) by 69.0 fantasy points in half-PPR formats. He finished No. 6 and No. 5 in the two previous seasons, so it was no surprise that he was the first receiver off the board in 2020. Unfortunately, he struggled with multiple injuries in 2020, missing several games due to a high-ankle sprain, a hamstring injury, and even getting suspended for a game for fighting with a teammate. He apparently had ankle surgery in the offseason and the injury is still being monitored this summer. Drew Brees’ retirement is another concern, though Jameis Winston supported two top 12 fantasy receivers in 2019 (WR2 Chris Godwin and WR12 Mike Evans). Winston’s inaccuracy on slant routes–Thomas’s bread and butter–is yet another concern. This all adds up to Thomas, a perennial top 6 receiver, being drafted as the ninth receiver off the board. There are various red flags, but he’s a solid value in the third round.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

NO WR Michael Thomas - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Even with a new quarterback under center, Michael Thomas should still see a ton of targets as he gets acquainted with a new quarterback. He even managed 100 receiving yards in two of the four games Taysom Hill started in 2020, so he should still see production in the new-look Saints offense. When he's on the field that is.

Fantasy Downside

The being on the field note is now significant as news just recently came out that Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June to help with the issues he was dealing with in 2020. Because of the surgery, Thomas may be out until October. The Saints' bye is in Week 6, so it's possible we may not see Thomas until Week 7. There is also a definite concern of injury even after Thomas returns to the lineup.

2021 Bottom Line

Thomas was potentially a borderline WR1 going into the season. After the injury news, we have him ranked as WR73. Proceed with caution on Thomas if you are willing to roll the dice on him.

2021 Strength of Schedule - NO

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
2
GB
8
@CAR
9
@NE
12
NYG
3
@WAS
BYE27
@SEA
17
TB
31
ATL
28
@TEN
29
@PHI
11
BUF
32
DAL
18
@NYJ
17
@TB
23
MIA
8
CAR

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1TB317055.6700000.001.74.755/6880.9%
2@LV--------------
3GB--------------
4@DET--------------
5LAC--------------
6BYE--------------
7CAR--------------
8@CHI--------------
9@TB5510610.2000000.005.110.140/7354.8%
10SF2270713.5000000.002.74.746/5978.0%
11ATL910401211.5600000.0010.419.457/6686.4%
12@DEN4500612.5011001.005.19.143/6467.2%
13@ATL910501111.6700000.0010.519.547/7860.3%
14@PHI8840810.5000000.008.416.457/6390.5%
15KC--------------
16MIN--------------
17@CAR--------------
Per game5.7162.5707.8610.950.140.14001.006.2711.9949.29/67.2973.99%
Totals4043805510.9511001.0043.983.9345/47173.99%
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