WR Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs ARI 68 1 -9 0 11 11.0 112 1 0 16.3
10 vs ATL 66 0 0 0 14 13.0 152 0 0 15.2
11 at TB 57 0 0 0 11 8.0 114 1 0 17.4
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 8.9 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8.0 * * * *

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

2019 Week 11 vs TB (11 / 8 / 114 / 1 rec)

Another week and another dominating performance by Thomas. The top receiver for the Saints caught 8 of his 11 targets for more than 100 yards and a touchdown this week. He became the first player in NFL history to have 90+ receptions in their team's first 10 games of the season. Thomas has a chance to catch Marvin Harrison's record of 143 in a season but would still need several big games to do so. Thomas kicked off the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter after Jameis Winston threw an interception on the Tampa side of the field. Thomas ran a wheel route underneath Ginn's inside slant and the defense had no idea what to do. The outside corner started working in with Ginn before realizing Thomas was wide open down the side line for the walk-in score. It was an easy pitch and catch for a touchdown on a great play design. Thomas added a 41-yard catch and run on what looked like almost the exact same play but with different players. This time it was Thomas who came on the in cut with Taysom Hill working the wheel to the outside. The defense stayed to the outside and Thomas caught the ball across the middle for an easy first down and then turned on the jets down the side line for a 41-yard gain. It has been an outstanding season for Thomas so far and he is on pace for 150 receptions and over 1800 yards receiving. Look for another big game next week against the Panthers.

2019 Week 10 vs ATL (14 / 13 / 152 / 0 rec)

The only thing that seemed normal for the Saints this week was the stat line for Thomas. He caught 13 of his 14 targets and had more than 150 yards receiving. The only thing that was missing was a trip into the end zone. Thomas' yards came in chunks this week with his longest reception going for 18 yards. There was no true big play that accounted for a big portion of his yards. It seems like his yardage should have accounted for more first downs and helped the Saints move the ball a lot more. This is where the sacks came into play and kept pushing the Saints back. Thomas is now the youngest and fastest player to 400 receptions and is on pace to shatter receiving records if he keeps it up. It did not seem to matter if it was Brees or Bridgewater throwing him the ball, he got his receptions and yards. Look for the Saints to attack next week and there is a good chance that Thomas finds the end zone against Tampa Bay.

2019 Week 8 vs ARI (11 / 11 / 112 / 1 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)

Even though Thomas seemed to connect with Teddy Bridgewater, he got an instant boost when Brees returned to the lineup. Thomas caught all 11 of his targets this week, including a long 28-yard pass across the middle that helped set up a Latavius Murray touchdown run. Thomas chipped in with a touchdown of his own to put the game out of reach for the Cardinals. The drive was set up by a 28-yard Murray run and a 36-yard pass to Taysom Hill. Brees then found Thomas across the middle on a drag route where the big receiver spun and powered his way into the end zone. Thomas recorded 100+ yards receiving for the second straight week and is primed to have another big day when the Saints take on the Falcons after their Bye week. Brees to Thomas is a connection we are going to hear a lot for the rest of the season.

2019 Week 7 vs CHI (11 / 9 / 131 / 0 rec)

The only thing that did not go right for Thomas this week was he did not find the end zone. Bridgewater and Thomas connected on 9 of 11 passes for 131 yards. Thomas had a long 34-yard catch than ranked only second to Ginn's 45-yard route. Thomas averaged 14.6+ yards per catch and was a first down machine against the Bears. He did a great job finding the holes in the Bears zone coverage this week and gave Bridgewater a big target. With Brees, Kamara, and Cook out this week, Thomas was the man for the Saints receiving core. This was his 3rd 100-yard receiving game of the season and a 3rd straight game with 10+ targets. Everyone thought he would take a hit with Bridgewater at quarterback, but Thomas has shown he can catch the ball from anyone.

2019 Week 6 vs JAX (12 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)

It was another week and another 10+ target game for Thomas. He seemed to be all over the field today and was Bridgewater's favorite target by far. Thomas caught 8 of 12 targets for 89 yards and had a long 26-yard catch to help setup the lone touchdown drive. The chemistry between Bridgewater and Thomas has grown each week. It was a much quieter week against the Jaguars after the duo broke out last week, but Thomas is a big reason why the Saints are moving the ball and having any chance at winning. The running game has been struggling and Thomas has picked up the slack. Ted Ginn broke another big play this week and should continue to take some pressure of Thomas and break up the double teams and safety coverage over the top. Jared Cook has also stepped up and could draw coverage to the middle of the field and leave Thomas 1 on 1 on the outside. It will be a tough matchup next week against the Bears for Thomas, but he could be in line for a very similar stat line to what he had this week.

2019 Week 5 vs TB (13 / 11 / 182 / 2 rec)

When looking at the stat line for Thomas this week, most people would think Drew Brees came back and the duo was back to their old tricks. It turns out the offensive line remembered how to protect Bridgewater and he had time to get the ball down the field to Thomas. He caught 11 of his 13 targets, chipped in 2 touchdowns, and was able to run routes deeper down the field for big chunks of yards this week. Thomas had the longest play of the game for either team this week with his 42-yard catch and run down the sideline. The play was challenged for potential offensive pass interference and the refs deemed he did not push off enough to warrant a flag. The first touchdown for Thomas was of the 14-yard variety. Thomas caught the ball on an out route that was well short of the first down marker, let alone the goal line, but he turned up field and used his big body to reach across the goal line for the score. The play was reviewed, and the replay showed he got the ball just inside of the pylon and the touchdown call stood. The second touchdown went for 12 yards and again had Thomas show off his powerful running skills. HE caught the ball well short of the end zone and broke a tackle before spinning through another and into the end zone. It was a poor tackling effort by the Tampa secondary that led to this score. This is the type of day we came to expect from Thomas when Brees was under center, but now it looks like Bridgewater is starting to build the same level of chemistry. Thomas could be in line for another big game next week if Jalen Ramsey continues to sit out for Jacksonville.

2019 Week 4 vs DAL (9 / 9 / 95 / 0 rec)

Thomas was the only player who saw his normal volume this week and was able to do something with it. He caught all 9 of his targets and helped Bridgewater move the chains and get into field goal range for the Saints. His longest catch went for 20 yards and he fell just short of 100 yards for the game. Thomas has taken a hit since Brees was lost to injury but not nearly as much as other players in the offense. Ted Ginn continues to struggle on the other side and there is no clear 3rd receiver to push Thomas for targets. Thomas should see a fair amount of volume against Tampa next week and should project out to 100 yards and a touchdown.

2019 Week 3 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

It was not the best game for Thomas this week, but he managed to be very productive with the opportunity given. He caught 5 of his 7 targets and hauled in an important touchdown to kick off the second half. It may be one of the easiest touchdowns he will ever score as it came from the 1-yard line and all Thomas had to do was catch the ball and fall across the goal line. The Saints lined up in a bunch set and it was a simple wide receiver screen that Thomas caught for the score. His longest catch went for 18 yards and he had just over 50 total yards for the game. Thomas and Bridgewater do not have the same connection as Thomas and Brees, but he is still the top receiving option for the Saints and will see his fair share of targets while Brees is out.

2019 Week 2 vs LAR (13 / 10 / 89 / 0 rec)

It took a while to get going with Bridgewater, but Thomas ended the day with 10 receptions on 13 targets. Unfortunately, those receptions did not come with big chunks of yards like the usually do with Brees and Thomas was held to under 100 yards this week. His longest catch was a 19-yard catch across the middle, but the Rams did a great job tackling and limiting yards after the catch for Thomas. The volume was there this week, but the overall productivity was limited by an offense that just was not clicking. Thomas will take on a Seattle defense that let Andy Dalton throw for more than 400 yards in week 1, but he will need the offensive line to protect the quarterback long enough to get him the ball next week.

2019 Week 1 vs HOU (13 / 10 / 123 / 0 rec)

Another week and another 10 catch, 100-yard performance for Thomas. He continues to be Brees favorite target and can lineup anywhere on the field and run any route. Thomas caught 10 of his 13 targets and made big chunk plays all over the field. He continues to be the most dangerous on short crossing routes and quick out routes 10 yards down the field. His longest play of the game was a 24-yard catch and run down the sideline to help setup a red zone chance for the Saints. Thomas also played a big role in the final drive where he grabbed an 11-yard reception to push the Saints over mid field and setup the next play to get into field goal range. Thomas did not find the end zone this week and was double covered in the red zone and goal to go situations. Thomas is a lock to find the end zone several times this year with the sheer volume of passes coming his way. If Ginn can stay healthy, teams will not be able to double Thomas or provide help over the top as much and it should open things up even more. Look for Thomas to have another big week next weekend against the Rams.

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Latest News

Saints | Michael Thomas continues terrific play (Sun Nov 17, 05:33 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught eight passes for 114 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He was targeted 11 times during the game.

Our View: Thomas had "only" eight catches as he marches towards the league record for receptions in a season. He's the most valuable wide receiver in fantasy this year.
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Saints | Michael Thomas to stay hot? (Fri Nov 15, 09:39 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, and he finished with 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns when these teams met in Week 5.

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Saints | Michael Thomas surpasses 150-yard mark (Sun Nov 10, 05:10 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 13 passes for 152 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. He was targeted 14 times during the game.

Our View: Thomas is on track to break Marvin Harrison's record for receptions in a season and he converting targets into catches at an astounding rate. He should have another ceiling game against the Bucs next week.
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12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
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