In a statement released on social media, Saints WR Michael Thomas said he will not be ready to play this season due to ankle injuries. "To my displeasure, I will not be able to make it back in time for this season but will do everything in my power to get back to the player I have always been."
It is safe to drop Thomas if you were holding out hope for him to play in 2021.
NO WR Michael Thomas - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook
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.
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.