• Michael Thomas

  • WR
  • , New Orleans Saints
  • 26
  • 212 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Thomas followed up a No. 6 finish in 2018 with a No. 1 finish last season, outscoring the No. 2 receiver (Chris Godwin) by nearly 70 points in half-PPR formats. Thomas is the favorite to finish No. 1 again, though the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders is likely to put a slight dent in the 185 targets that he saw last season. Since 2000, there have been 18 receivers who have seen at least 180 targets and on average, the other 17 receivers saw their targets per game drop by an average of 18% the following year. That would put Thomas’s catches back in the 120-125 range if his catch rate holds. He’s still a solid pick in the first round, but owners shouldn’t expect another 149-catch season.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

NO WR Michael Thomas - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

The reigning receiving king in the NFL is back for another run. But he's going to have to fight this time around to be No. 1 again with a lot of strong competition and the fact the Saints have a viable No. 2 receiver to throw to now in Emmanuel Sanders.

He begins this run against the Buccaneers, who vastly improved their secondary in the draft with Antoine Winfield and have an up-and-coming cornerback in Sean Murphy-Bunting alongside third-year CB Carlton Davis. That said, Thomas has feasted against Tampa recently. His worst output in the last four games was 98 yards in Week 14 of 2018. The other three games have had lines of 8-114-1, 11-182-2 and 16-180-1. He's also posted 100+ yards in each of the last two season openers, a streak that could very well continue on Sunday.

2020 Strength of Schedule - NO

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
9
TB
26
@LV
7
GB
19
@DET
6
LAC
BYE1
CAR
4
@CHI
9
@TB
11
SF
23
ATL
14
@DEN
23
@ATL
27
@PHI
5
KC
29
MIN
1
@CAR

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

2020 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1TB317055.6700000.001.74.755/6880.9%
2@LV--------------
3GB--------------
4@DET--------------
5LAC--------------
6BYE--------------
7CAR--------------
Per game3.0017.0005.005.6700000.001.704.7055.00/68.0080.88%
Totals317055.6700000.001.74.755/6880.88%

Previous Games vs. CHI

SeasonWeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
20197@CHI913101114.5600000.0013.122.173/7893.59%
20178CHI7770811.0000000.007.714.747/6177.05%
Average8.00104.000.009.5012.780.000.000.000.000.0010.4018.4060.00/69.5085.32%
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