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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 3: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. We all know that Drew Brees isn't quite the same mega-productive passer on the road, but not everyone is aware just how stark the difference has been of late. Dating back to 2015, he's averaged 1.58 fewer yards per attempt and posted a 38% drop in touchdown rate away from the Superdome. All told, he's averaged 31% fewer fantasy points on the road over that span. Through two weeks of the 2017 season, he's struggled noticeably - once at home - and definitely misses Willie Snead, who will return from suspension in Week 4. Ted Ginn simply isn't an across-the-field receiver; he's a one-speed guy with iffy hands, and he's of little help to Brees on short and intermediate routes. What's worse is that he has yet to shake loose for a deep ball thus far, despite facing two burnable cornerback groups. Defenses have effectively swarmed WR1 Michael Thomas, who's caught just 10 of his 18 targets and registered just one high-impact catch pre-garbage time. He has a better outlook against the Panthers' shaky cornerbacks but is definitely struggling with all of the defensive attention. Also missing both starting offensive tackles, Brees and the Saints passing game may be at least a week from putting it all together. The Panthers have yet to be tested by a NFL-caliber passing game in 2017. They've "shut down" the anemic units of San Francisco (193 yards) and Buffalo (125), but neither prepares them for Drew Brees and his cast. It's nice that they've been rushing the passer well, registering seven sacks thus far, and that they've yet to allow a completion of more than 22 yards. But the numbers have been inflated (or rather, deflated) by the toothless competition, and it's worth noting that cornerback James Bradberry has been burned for two long would-be touchdowns that were both dropped. The ageless Julius Peppers still brings strong pressure off the edge, as do fellow rushers Wes Horton and Mario Addison. But it's hard to draw a bead on their performance thus far - and the peripherals they've put on paper don't bode particularly well as Brees comes to town.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIN 58 0 0 0 8 5 45 0 0 4.5
2 vs NE 58 0 0 0 10 5 89 0 0 8.9
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Saints | Michael Thomas targeted 10 times in win (Sun Sep 17, 10:00 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted five receptions for 89 yards on a game-high 10 targets in Week 2 against the Patriots.

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Saints | Lackluster opener for Michael Thomas (Mon Sep 11, 11:43 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had a lackluster season debut Monday, Sept. 11, against the Minnesota Vikings, registering just five catches for 45 yards. He was also targeted a team-high eight times.

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Schedule

3@ Carolina Panthers
4@ Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers