WR Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints
|6-3, 212||Born: 3-3-1993||College: Ohio St.||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
Week 12: vs Atlanta Falcons
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Michael Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 11 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 92 / 1 rec)
It is not often that Thomas is outpaced by another receiver on the team, but that is exactly what happened this week. He may have done a lot of damage with his 4 targets, but he was over shadowed by the 13 that Smith got this week. Thomas averaged 23 yards per catch this week and hauled in a 23 yard catch down the side line. It was a beautifully thrown fade down the side line where even the safety giving help over the top could not make a play on the ball. Brees floated the ball 20 yards down the field and hit Thomas in stride for the last 3 yards and the touchdown. This is the kind of magic we have come to expect from the duo over the course of the season. Thomas gets another great matchup next week against a struggling Atlanta secondary on Thanksgiving.
2018 Week 10 vs CIN (8 / 8 / 70 / 2 rec)
It had been a storybook season for Thomas thus far and he wrote another chapter this week against the Bengals. It is amazing that he continues to get open despite the depleted receiving core for the Saints. Tre'Quan Smith did not have a single target and Dez Bryant was lost to for the season with injury 2 days after he signed. Thomas caught all 8 of his targets and added 2 touchdowns to his growing list. His first touchdown came on the opening drive of the game and was a 7-yard comeback route. The Saints lined up in an I formation and went play action. The defense played the ball perfectly, but Brees made an even better throw to a sliding Thomas. The ball was mere millimeters from the defender's hand and in only a spot where Thomas could catch it. The play was reviewed after it looked like the ball hit the ground, but the touchdown call was confirmed. The second touchdown came right before half time after an Andy Dalton interception gave the Saints the ball on the Cincinnati 17-yard line. Thomas ran a post route across the middle and found himself wide open and into the end zone. He did not have his highest yardage output of the season, but he now has 7 total touchdowns. It is hard to imagine what he will do when he has help on the other side and if the running game continues to produce.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (15 / 12 / 211 / 1 rec)
It was another career game for Thomas this week after pulling in 12 of his 15 targets and scoring the all-important insurance touchdown in the 4th quarter. Thomas eclipsed 200 receiving yards this week in large part due to his 72-yard touchdown reception. He made his way down the sideline and settled into the void left by the zone coverage. Brees fired the ball to Thomas who made a move on the crashing defender rather than going out of bounds. This allowed him to break free and run down the sideline for another 48 yards and the touchdown. The catch would have gone a long way to helping the Saints kill the clock and walk away with a 3-point victory, but Thomas had other ideas. After the touchdown, he broke an old flip phone out from under the goal post and channeled his inner Joe Horn. The celebration was flagged as unsportsmanlike conduct, but it did not come back to haunt the Saints. Thomas lived on the outside again this week and continues to be Brees' most reliable receiver. He will get another great matchup next week against the Bengals.
2018 Week 8 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)
The Vikings were without their top corner this week, but the Saints did not try and attack the Vikings down the field with Thomas. Coming into the game, Brees and Thomas had connected on 92% of their passes this season and continued that trend by completing 4 of 5 attempts. His biggest play of the game came from Taysom Hill rather than Brees. Thomas ran a streak right down the middle of the field and Hill unloaded a pass as far as he could down the field. The ball ended up being under thrown and Thomas had to stop his route and make a sliding catch. It was a good thing the pass was under thrown as the defensive coverage was good won the field and the pass could have been defended. This 1 play accounted for more than half of Thomas' yards this week. Only 5 players caught a pass this week and Thomas was the most effective down the field.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (9 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)
It was shaping up to be a very slow game for Thomas again this week until the 4th quarter and his touchdown catch. To that point he had picked up the majority of his yards on a single 32-yard reception. It was a long catch and run play that accounted for the Saints longest offensive play of the game. His touchdown catch gave the Saints the lead with about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Thomas took a hard step to the outside before cutting back in on a quick slant. Brees put the ball in a very small window to find Thomas as he fell into the end zone. The ball was just low enough to prevent the safety from coming over and laying a big hit. Thomas seemingly lost work with the return of Ingram and a recommitment to the running game. He is still the top receiving option on the team and should almost always see more targets than anyone else. Thomas will draw a tough matchup against Xavier Rhodes next week, but the Viking secondary has struggled with giving up the big play this season.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)
After putting on a show the first few weeks of the season, Thomas has been much quieter as of late. He did not need to do as much this week with the return of Mark Ingram and the rushing offense. Brees still targeted Thomas a team high 5 times, but this is a steep decline from the 10+ it was earlier in the season. The emergence of Cameron Meredith has also cut into the number of targets for Thomas. He did have a long catch of 31 yards, but that was overshadowed by the big game of Tre'Quan Smith. Thomas is still the top receiver in the Saints offense, but he is going to see a slight decline in his numbers with the return of Ingram and all the other offensive weapons that Brees has to throw to.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
After averaging 10 catches per game, over 100 yards, and a touchdown in the first 3 weeks of the season, Thomas was a mere after thought in the offense today. He had less than half the targets of Alvin Kamara with 4 and 16 fewer yards than team leader Josh Hill this week. Brees has relied heavily on Thomas all season to this point but left him hanging for the most part this week. He had 1 reception of 15 yards to help set up a field goal before half time but was held in check by a Giants secondary the rest of the game. The return of Mark Ingram could also spell a reduction in targets for Thomas if they shift back to a run first offense. There could be a whole new dynamic in New Orleans next week against the Redskins.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (10 / 10 / 129 / 0 rec)
The hot streak continues for Brees and Thomas. The only down side to this week was the duo did not find the end zone. Thomas snared 10 of his 10 targets and surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time this season. The first play of the game was also the longest of any receiver for the Saints. Thomas hauled in a deep ball down the sideline and shrugged off one defender for a 35-yard catch. From there he had 1 other player over 20 yards and continued to make his living underneath and on quick hitting plays. Thomas works best when he gets the ball in his hands quickly and can break tackles. In a game where his team scored 43 points it is hard to imagine that 10 catches and over 100 yards is a quiet game, but that is the way it felt after he did not get into the end zone. Brees and Thomas have shown the most chemistry this season in the passing game and he will have another favorable matchup next week against the Giants.
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 NewsSaints | Michael Thomas gets into the end zone (Sun Nov 18, 10:38 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered four receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. link to story Saints | Michael Thomas busy in road victory (Sun Nov 11, 04:18 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered game highs with eight catches, 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 10 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Our View: Thomas is unstoppable right now. There's nobody in Philadelphia's secondary that will slow him down next week. The Saints playoff schedule bodes well for the teams that he's carrying to the playoffs.
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