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WR Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 212Born: 3-3-1993College: Ohio St.Drafted: Round 2

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Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees returned to form last week as he had his best game of the season, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns while giving up one interception. These are the kind of big games we used to expect of Brees on a weekly basis, but he hasn't had as much of a need to pass this season since the Saints have been rushing the ball so effectively and are finally getting good play out of their defense. Michael Thomas had double-digit targets for the third straight week and sixth time this season as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 91 yards. Brees really spread the ball around last week as four players finished with five or six receptions and between 74 and 91 yards. Alvin Kamara continues to play a big role in the passing offense while Ted Ginn bounced back from a one-catch showing in Week 10 to post 87 yards from six receptions. Colby Fleener had his best game of the season also with 91 yards on five receptions, but he has been a non-factor since back to back touchdowns in the Saints first two games this season. The Rams defense had one of their worst games of the season last week as they gave up 24 points with neither a sack nor a turnover. Coming into last week, the Rams secondary had been playing pretty well as they had at least one interception eight of nine games with just one quarterback passing for over 260 yards against them. They were torched on a few big plays by the Vikings last week, particularly on behalf of Adam Thielen. The big culprit here was slot cornerback Dominique Hatfield, who was forced into the game when Kayvon Webster sustained a concussion in the first half. Webster's status this week is uncertain, but if he sits, this should provide a mismatch opportunity for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn on the outside. The Saints let Ginn and Thomas alternate sides, so Thomas should see Trumaine Johnson on some snaps as well. Johnson did a great job on Stefon Diggs last week, so this is not as positive of a matchup. Overall, the Rams still have a solid secondary with very talented safeties and a couple of elite interior defensive linemen to apply pressure on the quarterback. While the Rams still may not be able to stop this high-powered Saints offense in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, it still should be a tough matchup on the road for Drew Brees and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 47 0 0 0 8 7 77 0 0 7.7
9 vs TB 49 0 0 0 11 8 65 0 0 6.5
10 at BUF 56 0 0 0 10 9 117 0 0 11.7
11 vs WAS 56 0 0 0 11 6 91 0 0 9.1
12 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (11 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec)

Michael Thomas started the day off slow as he only caught one of his first five targets in this game, but it was great to see that Brees continued to trust Thomas as he targeted him 11 times in this game. The biggest trend for Thomas continues to be the lack of touchdowns as he was not targeted in the red zone in this game and 9 of his 11 targets were in the Saints own territory which for a physical receiver who does not have great speed is going to make it difficult for the touchdowns to come.

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (10 / 9 / 117 / 0 rec)

In a game that was anything but normal for the Saints offense, Thomas was able to surpass 100 yards receiving for the first time this season. Thomas also registered double-digit targets for the fifth time in 9 games and registered his second-highest average per catch this season. He was unable to reach the end zone for the 5th consecutive game, but with the Saints on a roll, there is no one complaining. Thomas had several plays over 10 yards on easy crossing routes, but his biggest play came on a 28-yard strike just before halftime. Thomas had worked his way across the field and caught the ball along the right sideline. He hurdled his defender that dove to make a tackle, but lost his balance and slowed down just long enough for the safety to come over and make a play. The drive ended in a field goal but could have been a touchdown if Thomas had not stumbled. The touchdowns will come for Thomas as the season wears on, but there is no reason to shift off the running game that has been so successful.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (11 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)

Thomas continues to lead the team in targets, but the Saints offense is also clicking without him getting into the end zone. The big wide receiver failed to score a touchdown in just over a month now and has not broken 100 yards receiving in any of the Saints 8 games this season. Today was supposed to be a prime matchup against a poor Tampa Bay secondary but Thomas failed to connect. The lone big play came on a 24-yard catch and run where Brees hit Thomas 19 yards on the crossing route and was tackled 5 yards after the catch. The receiving core around Thomas has been getting the job done and the only people frustrated about the lack of touchdowns would be his fantasy owners. There is no discord between Thomas and Brees as t=he was still the most targeted receiver with 11. Thomas is talented enough that he will find the end zone, but as long as the team keeps winning, there is no panic in New Orleans.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 77 / 0 rec)

Thomas had a quiet if not unspectacular game again this week. This is the third time the star receiver has failed to top 100-yards and he has not found the end zone since the week before the Saints Bye. No one in New Orleans seems to be worried, especially as the team rides a 5-game winning streak. Thomas managed to bring in 7 of his 8 targets and had one big play of 23-yards right up the middle of the field. He was covered well by Prince Amukamara, but Brees put it right in the basket with Thomas on the run. Thomas lead the team in targets again this week as well as receiving yards. The big plays may have been reserved for Ginn and Coleman, but look for Thomas to get back on track against a porous Tampa Bay secondary next week.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (11 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)

After being a non-factor last week against Darius Slay, Thomas got back to his norm. He may not have found the end zone and was actually outpaced by Ted Ginn in yards, but he did lead the team with 11 targets and was second in yardage. Thomas' stat line could have included a touchdown and been over 100 yards had it not been for an amazing interception by Davon House. Outside of that, Thomas' biggest play came on a dying duck thrown by Brees across the middle after getting blown up in the pocket. Thomas had to make a leaping catch to protect the ball from the safety and fell to the ground immediately. If Brees had been able to step up and make an accurate throw this could have been a much bigger play up the seam. It resulted in a first down on 3rd and 9 and set up an eventual touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (6 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

It is weird to see Thomas at the bottom of a stat sheet for New Orleans receivers but the Lions were able to keep him in check all game. Thomas was shadowed by Darius Slay and was unable to break free at all. He ranked first on the team with 6 targets but was unable to do anything with them. His longest reception was 5 yards and the most notable play to him was actually intercepted by Slay. This is a game that Thomas will want to put behind him going forward. Slay has demonstrated that he can be an elite cover man and Thomas simply fell victim to that this week. Look for a better performance next week against the Packers in Green Bay.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (11 / 8 / 89 / 1 rec)

Michael Thomas has been the biggest weapon for the Saints' offense and showed it again today. The second-year receiver out of Ohio State scored the first touchdown of the game and added a 30-yard reception for good measure. The touchdown came on a 3-yard out where Brees rolled to his right and hit Thomas in the flat just short of the goal line. Thomas' 30-yard reception came on a busted play where Ndamukong Suh jumped offside and the entire defense seemed to freeze. Brees was able to take a free shot to Thomas down the field for a big 30-yard gain. The Saints will need a more balanced attack as the season continues but Thomas will thrive under their current pass-happy situation.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (8 / 7 / 87 / 1 rec)

When looking at Michael Thomas' stat line it is easy to think that he had an amazing game where he was able to consistently get open, however, most of his damage came on the first Saints' drive of the game. Thomas tallied 5 of his 7 catches and 50 of his 87 yards on that drive. Carolina's defense adjusted their game plan and put a safety over the top to help double Thomas for the rest of the game. Thomas was able to sneak past the corner and in front of the safety for a 26-yard game late in the game but that was about it for the rest of the game. Even on his 26-yard catch, it was more because the safety was late getting to his spot rather than Thomas running a good route.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (10 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec)

This was the week that Michael Thomas was supposed to show Brandin Cooks that he was not missed in New Orleans, but the second-year receiver never quite broke the game open today. Thomas was Brees favorite target with 10 attempts today but was never able to find the end zone. Thomas' best play came on a play action pass the Brees put right over his outside shoulder down the sideline. Brees lead him just a little too far and took away any opportunity to run after the catch. Thomas drew a lot of double coverage on the day and almost always had a safety over the top for help. This opened things up for touchdowns to Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener over the course of the game.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Michael Thomas has to fill the void left by Brandin Cooks departure and was Drew Brees favorite target all night long. Thomas had more targets than anyone else but was unable to find any separation after the catch. Thomas would come open on slants and posts across the middle but was tackled almost immediately after making the catch. Thomas was thrown off by a very physical Vikings defense and was visibly frustrated and looking for pass interference flags on almost every play. Thomas made a nice 14-yard grab in traffic to give the Saints a first down early in the second half but was again tackled immediately. Thomas will have his chances against a porous New England secondary that was exposed against the Chiefs in week one.


Latest News

Dolphins | Wednesday's practice report for Miami (Wed Nov 22, 04:29 PM) - Miami Dolphins LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps), OG Jermon Bushrod (foot), QB Jay Cutler (concussion), DE William Hayes (back) and OT Laremy Tunsil (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. RB Senorise Perry (knee) and S Michael Thomas (knee) were listed as full participants.

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Saints | Michael Thomas flirts with 100 yards (Sun Nov 19, 10:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught six passes for 91 yards in a 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

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Saints | Michael Thomas snares nine balls (Sun Nov 12, 07:19 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted nine receptions for 117 yards on 10 targets in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: The Bills had no answer for Thomas, who was dominant at the catch point. He's a solid WR1 heading into a backup with Washington.
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Saints | Michael Thomas removed from injury report (Sat Nov 11, 09:16 AM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) no longer appears on the injury report for Week 10's game versus the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: Thomas logged a full practice for the Saints on Friday. He should produce like a mid-range WR1 against the Bills in Week 10.
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Saints | Michael Thomas remains limited (Thu Nov 9, 05:20 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 9.

Our View: We're not worried about Thomas, so get him in your lineup and expect fantastic numbers as he fulfills the WR1 role for your fantasy team.
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