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WR Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 212Born: 3-3-1993College: Ohio St.Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Thomas didn't do much downfield, but he gobbled up targets, and owned his space in the end zone to the tune of two scores. He's the #1 receiver through two weeks, and would be a first round pick today.

Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Good matchup. Two weeks into the season, it's clear that Drew Brees remains one of the league's best pinpoint passers. He's still deadly on slant and post routes, consistently drilling his targets as they enter their breaks and exploiting holes like few ever could. But he's yet to showcase much of a downfield game thus far. The Saints' early-season pass game has revolved around the brilliance of Michael Thomas on those physical routes and Alvin Kamara's open-field dynamism. When asked to make plays with the deep ball, Brees and company have come up short. Some of that can be blamed on the shaky state of his receivers, who simply aren't giving him much support. Ted Ginn is a nominal No. 2, but he's not built to create mismatches for 60 minutes, especially at age 33. And the Saints' other wideouts have combined to produce just 38 yards on 5 targets. This could be the week we see new addition Cameron Meredith eased into action. He's been inactive for the first two weeks but would make for a downfield presence to support Thomas, Kamara, and Ginn. More likely, though, the team will keep trying to manufacture big plays with its superstars in the short and intermediate games. That can be wildly effective with Brees at the helm, but it's lacking its usual dynamism for sure. The Falcons certainly miss linebacker Deion Jones in the passing game. The quick-footed Jones has developed into one of the league's best coverage linebackers, and his absence was a big reason Christian McCaffrey was able to catch 14 passes for 102 yards last Sunday. There were problems downfield, too, with cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Brian Poole struggling noticeably. Poole continues to be worked over in the slot, which puts more pressure on the usually stout Trufant and the safeties. There are still playmakers in this unit, especially safety Ricardo Allen, who's grown into an elite centerfield coverage man. But with the cornerbacks flailing and the pass rush disappearing for long stretches, the Falcons will likely continue to struggle without Jones and strong safety Keanu Neal.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TB 61 0 0 0 17 16 180 1 1 23
2 vs CLE 58 0 0 0 13 12 89 2 1 19.9
3 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 9 * * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8 * * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 8 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Michael Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 12 / 89 / 2 rec)

The Saints did everything they could to replicate the success that Thomas found last week. He was targeted a team high 13 times and caught all but one of those targets. Thomas did not find the same success down the field or room to run after the catch, but he still cashed in two touchdowns on the day. The first was a 2-yard screen that he caught in a goal to go situation and the second was a 5-yard out where he simply beat his man to the outside. Thomas had one other big play with a 25-yard reception deep down the left sideline. This set the Saints up on the 5-yardline, but they were unable to come away with any points after a missed field goal. Thomas received a high volume of targets again this week, but it seems to be at the expense of Alvin Kamara and the run game. Thomas has a juicy matchup against a banged-up Atlanta secondary missing two of their star players next week. Look for another big game from Thomas against the Falcons.

2018 Week 1 vs TB (17 / 16 / 180 / 1 rec)

This is the kind of game that fantasy owners dream about for Michael Thomas. Not only did he finally get over his end zone allergy, but he also hauled in 16 of his 17 targets for almost 200 yards. He did cough up the football once, but he made up for it with sheer volume. There seemed to be no one that could cover Thomas today. Tampa tried zone coverage, one on one with their best corner, and even put a safety over top to help and he just could not be stopped. Brees and Thomas found a weakness in the defense just behind the corner and in front of the safety and were able to exploit it all day. Whenever Tampa seemed to key in on it, they would simply move Thomas to the other side or run a route to the inside to keep the defense honest. His touchdown came on an easy 6-yard quick slant where he was not even touched going into the end zone. The rest of his yards came in 10-15-yard chunks aside from one 35-yard reception where he broke free down the side line. Thomas had a hard time finding the end zone last season, especially in goal to go situations. With the run game currently in flux, Thomas should see a lot more opportunity to catch the ball. This was a monster game for the top Saints' receiver and he has another great matchup next week against the Browns.


Latest News

Saints | Michael Thomas continues strong play (Sun Sep 16, 04:54 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 12 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.

Our View: Thomas didn't have any big downfield plays, but he was unstoppable in the red zone. He also had his second fumble in two games, but that won't stop Drew Brees from targeting him frequently going forward.
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Rams | Week 2 injury report for LA Rams (Fri Sep 14, 04:51 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Michael Thomas (hip) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 2 against Arizona Cardinals. LB Mark Barron (ankle) also has yet to practice this week and is listed as doubtful. RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) practiced in full for a second straight day Friday and has been removed from the injury report.

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Saints | Michael Thomas ready to play (Fri Sep 14, 03:53 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Saints | Michael Thomas back on the field (Thu Sep 13, 06:11 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

Our View: He wasn't feeling good in the middle of the week but Thomas is back in action on Thursday. Thomas is a WR1 as the most trusted target for Drew Brees in the Saints passing game.
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Saints | Michael Thomas under the weather (Wed Sep 12, 06:13 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, Sept. 12 due to an illness.

Our View: Thomas should be feeling better towards the end of the week. The Saints didn't win in Week 1, but Fantasy GMs had to be happy with the production from Thomas. He's a must-start WR1 every week, especially this week against the Browns.
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