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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is out for the season. He had a "new issue" with his ankle and ultimately won't return in 2021. The Saints star receiver had surgery on his ankle during the offseason and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the year. "Since then, the team and I have worked diligently, day and night, to rehab and get me back on the field, said Thomas. Unfortunately, there has been another small setback which we will have to address. To my displeasure, I will not be able to make it in time for the season but will do everything in my power to get back to the player I have always been." Fantasy managers in redraft leagues can move on from Thomas, but he is an automatic stash in dynasty formats. Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith are the Saints' top two wide receivers on the depth chart and will continue to see an uptick in targets while Thomas is sidelined. The 28-year-old will focus on rehabbing his injured ankle and look to fully recover from his issue in time for the 2022 season.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has a "new issue" with his ankle, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. "He has necessitated an appointment with a specialist recently," added Rapoport. The Saints have yet to activate the star-wide receiver from the injured reserve. According to Rapoport, the Saints tried to trade for a wide receiver, and Thomas' return date this season is "unpredictable." Fantasy managers should continue to stash Thomas for now, but it's unclear if he will return at any point this season. Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith are the Saints' top two wide receivers on the depth chart and will continue to see an uptick in targets while Thomas is sidelined. Stay tuned for further updates.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was missing from practice again on Thursday. It has been a frustrating ride with Thomas as fantasy managers who took the risk on the wideout expected him to return after about six weeks. Now, it appears that the 28-year-old will miss at least Week 8 and possibly even more time. Plus, even once Thomas returns, the situation he's returning to is far different than the situation that helped him become the best wide receiver in fantasy in 2019. The Saints average 25.8 pass attempts per game, placing them last of all teams. Perhaps the former superstar will help kickstart the stumbling offense, but it seems more likely that, even once he finally returns, Thomas will be disappointing.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is still believed to be "a couple of weeks" away from returning, according to Ian Rapoport. Thomas is now eligible to be activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he is unlikely to be activated until Week 9. Upon his return to the lineup, whenever that may be, the former first-team all-pro will command a massive target share from Jameis Winston and should be able to produce WR2 numbers at a minimum. For now, keep him stashed on benches until a more clear timetable for his return is set. Thomas has a very fantasy-friendly schedule moving forward and could be a huge boost to fantasy rosters come playoff time.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) could return to the field soon. Thomas, who has yet to suit up for New Orleans this year as he recovers from surgery on his ankle, is eligible to return to practice this week. The star wideout will be rejoining a Saints' wideout group that has produced the fewest receptions and second-fewest yards in the league this season. Injuries and recent team drama aside, Thomas was one of the most consistent fantasy wideouts through the first four years of his career- as he averaged 150.5 targets, 117.5 receptions, 1,378 yards, and eight touchdowns per year. Fantasy managers who stashed him could be getting a second-half WR1/2 as soon as in Week 7 against the Seahawks, an appealing matchup.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is potentially nearing a return after starting the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The hope around the Saints organization is that their No. 1 wide receiver will practice ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, as they are on their bye week in Week 6. Nothing is for certain yet in terms of a timetable for the former All-Pro to get back on the field, but we should be getting more news in the next week. When he is active, Thomas could demand a very high target share in an offense that is lacking weapons for Jameis Winston. He should be able to produce WR2 numbers to begin, and as he gets more healthy could potentially vault even higher as the Saints have a great schedule in the second half of the season.
The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Michael Thomas on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. It was reported earlier on Tuesday that the Saints had a mini COVID-19 outbreak, and Thomas is the one player that tested positive for the virus. Hopefully the 28-year-old wide receiver will be healthy enough to return once he's eligible to come back on Oct. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas opened the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list after having surgery on his left ankle in June, but the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro should be stashed in all fantasy formats. He was a massive bust in 2020, but Thomas will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 wideout when he's eligible to return.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to hit the physically unable to perform list to start the year as he recovers from ankle surgery. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that this will sideline Thomas for the first six weeks of the season, meaning that he'll miss at least the team's first five games and will have the Week 6 bye to recover. He could potentially be eligible to return for a Monday night game against the Seahawks in Week 7. Thomas had a lost fantasy season in 2020 and was never truly healthy- though he was essentially an automatic WR1 in each of the prior seasons, finishing no worse than WR8 from 2016 to 2019, the year he set the NFL's single-season reception record. The All-Pro wideout is certainly worth stashing, as he could be a contributor for fantasy managers as they push for the playoffs in the second half.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is moving in the right direction after waiting until June to have surgery on his injured ankle. Although there have been rumblings of a trade, head coach Sean Payton didn't seem too upset with the star wideout after he was spotted playing catch before Saturday's exhibition against Baltimore, stating, "it was great seeing him. He is doing well. He is ahead of schedule. He was excited to be around these guys, and we are excited to have him." Thomas was once considered a top fantasy option, regularly taken with the first-overall selection in many leagues throughout the years. However, things went south quickly after the 28-year-old played in only seven games last season and finished with 438 yards off of 40 catches, a drastic reduction from his usual statistical output since entering the league in 2016. Nonetheless, if the former Ohio State Buckeye is floating around in upcoming fantasy drafts, he is worth taking, especially for those who have room to spare and require depth at the position.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) sent out a somewhat cryptic tweet on Monday morning. The tweet read, "They tried to damage your reputation. You saved theirs by not telling your side of the story." While it's certainly an elusive and cryptic tweet, it's also one that can rather clearly be connected to his current tense relationship with the Saints. Prior to the tweet, reports had surfaced that claimed Thomas had ignored team officials' attempts to contact him in regards to his recovery from injury last year. Saints head coach Sean Payton declined to comment on the tweet. Thomas, who is expected to be out for at least another month or two after undergoing ankle surgery, will likely be seeing his name popping up in trade talks soon due to the tension between him and the organization.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) underwent ankle surgery in June and will be sidelined 10-to-12 weeks. According to Nick Underhill of NewOrleansFootball.com, Thomas saw a specialist, and it was believed that the Saints wideout could rehab the ankle injury instead of having surgery. The 28-year-old reportedly was going to rehab a month and return to the specialist to determine if surgery was necessary. The return visit never happened, per Underhill. Thomas underwent surgery in June and will be sidelined for four months. He's expected to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The news on Friday came as a surprise to fantasy managers as Thomas took part in Saints minicamp. Head Coach Sean Payton said "so far, so good" when asked about Thomas' ankle injury in June. He was limited to seven games in 2020 and won't see the field until at least October. Thomas' absence from the Saints passing attack means more target shares for RB Alvin Kamara and WR Tre'Quan Smith. The Saints are looking to sign a wide receiver, which could happen in the next few days. Stay tuned.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) could miss up to five games after ankle surgery, per The Athletic. Thomas was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain and could now be sidelined through the team's Week 6 bye. It's a significant blow to the star wideout's fantasy value, as he now becomes a mid-to-late round injury stash for a team transitioning to a new quarterback. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Saints bring in a veteran receiver, given their limited depth. Already a popular breakout pick, Tre'Quan Smith figures to see a large target share and could be a wise investment for fantasy managers if he can take advantage of the opportunity. Marquez Callaway and Adam Trautman could be sneaky late-round sleepers- though perhaps the real winner from a fantasy perspective is running back Alvin Kamara, who will be tasked with a large workload through the first several weeks of the season.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) underwent surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle last month. Four months of recovery are recommended after the surgery, which means Thomas is likely to be sidelined for several weeks at the start of the 2021 season. This news will certainly make Thomas's ADP drop significantly. He'll now be more of a mid-round draft-and-stash. The Saints are extremely thin at receiver. Tre'Quan Smith figures to be the top wide receiver target for whoever starts at quarterback for the Saints between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. Smith struggled as the WR1 in New Orleans while Thomas was hurt last year so fantasy managers shouldn't be too aggressive in pursuit of Smith on fantasy draft day.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn't put up his typical production in 2020, and that was due to a lingering ankle injury that held him out for much of the season. Overall, Thomas expectedly put up career-low numbers last season, finishing with 40 receptions for 438 yards on 55 targets in seven games. Entering this season, Thomas is the unquestioned top pass-catcher on the team and doesn't face any significant competition for targets. Even with the change at QB, the talented WR should see his expected share of targets and should be considered in the WR1 tier for fantasy.
The New Orleans Saints restructured wide receiver Michael Thomas' contract on Friday to create $8.7 million in salary cap space for the 2021 season. It's the team's latest restructure in their attempt to get under the reduced salary cap this year. At one point, the Saints sat around $60 million over the salary cap. Thomas signed a five-year, $96-plus-million extension in 2019 and restructured it once last year to free up cap space. The consensus No. 1 fantasy receiver in 2020, Thomas played in only seven games due to injury and caught 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns, all career-lows. The 28-year-old's restructure won't be the last the Saints do this year. Trade speculation surrounding Thomas should die down, but the All-Pro will take a fall in the wideout rankings in 2021, especially since quarterback Drew Brees is expected to retire.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is likely to have surgery on the torn deltoid and other ligaments in his ankle this offseason, according to a source. Thomas knew it was likely quarterback Drew Brees' last year and didn't want to miss out on a possible Super Bowl run. A high-ankle sprain limited the All-Pro wideout to just seven games this year. He often was playing at far less than 100 percent, catching just 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns during the regular season. The 27-year-old did find the end zone in the wild-card win over the Bears, but he was a massive fantasy bust as the first receiver off the board in the first round in most drafts after his 149-catch, 1,725-yard season in 2019. Thomas should be a top-10 wideout, if healthy, in 2021, but losing Brees will also be a downgrade for his overall outlook moving forward.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with zero yards on four targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Buccaneers. After a terrific wild-card showing last week with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets, Thomas fell flat this week. Despite an injury-ridden season, the WR is clearly the top receiving option on the team heading into 2021 and remains a WR1 despite the potential change at QB.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas pencils in as a solid WR1 this week against Tampa in the Divisional Round. Last week, Thomas put up five receptions for 73 yards and a score against a solid Bears secondary and looked much more like his All-Pro self from the 2019 season when he finished as the No. 1 fantasy wideout than he did for most of this year while fighting through a high-ankle sprain. The Bucs allow the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts, so Thomas is a strong play this week given his massive role in this offense and the favorable matchup.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets in Sunday's wild-card win over the Bears. Thomas was able to return to the field after being on Injured Reserve to conclude the regular season because of a high-ankle sprain that he's dealt with for much of the year. Nevertheless, the receiver was quite effective in Sunday's victory and caught his first touchdown of the season. Next up is a matchup with a Bucs team that is generous to fantasy wideouts, meaning that Thomas is once again a strong WR1 play after he looked the best he has all year against the Bears. In two contests against the Bucs during the regular season, Thomas had eight receptions for 68 yards on 11 targets.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) are officially active for the wild-card playoff game against the Bears on Sunday. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Week 17 regular season finale but has been cleared from all the protocols. He was the top fantasy RB in PPR formats and scored six touchdowns to help fantasy managers win their leagues in Week 16. Kamara will be back in a lot of lineups in playoff leagues. Thomas was activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday and will be playing for the first time in four weeks. The 27-year-old All-Pro had a disappointing 2020 season with just 40 receptions, 438 yards and no touchdowns after leading the league the previous two seasons in catches. Thomas will have WR1 upside, but he'll continue to be a risk-reward fantasy pass-catcher, depending on how productive he can be while fighting through his ankle injury.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) have been activated ahead of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Bears. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the Week 17 regular season finale. He still needs final clearance before the game on Sunday, but all signs are pointing toward the Saints having their star rusher available. Kamara scored a ridiculous six touchdowns in Week 16 and was the No. 1 overall fantasy RB in PPR leagues in 2020. He'll be a popular fantasy selection on Sunday. Thomas will return from Injured Reserve after battling a high-ankle sprain for much of the season. The top wideout in 2019, the 27-year-old was a huge disappointment this year due to injuries. If he's closer to full health, though, he has WR1 upside on wild-card weekend.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas(ankle) is a solid play this week if he plays. The WR missed Weeks 15-17 while on Injured Reserve due to an ankle injury that has been bothering him all season. Thomas could only play seven total games in 2020 after he compiled 40 receptions for 438 yards in the regular season. Nevertheless, the team is set to activate the WR from IR this week, and he is expected to suit up against Chicago on Sunday. The Bears are stingy against fantasy wideouts, but the volume Thomas should see keeps him as a strong play, especially considering the New Orleans receiving unit is banged up and running backAlvin Kamara might not play after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday and will continue to ramp up throughout the week, according to a source. Thomas went on Injured Reserve at the end of the regular season to allow his high-ankle injury to heal, and the progress has been good. The 27-year-old All-Pro had a very disappointing 2020 season after being the consensus No. 1 receiver off the board in the first round of fantasy drafts. He only managed to play in seven games, catching 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns after posting a 149-1,725-9 line in 2019. It looks like Thomas should be able to come off IR and play against a tough Bears Defense on Sunday, but he'll be a risky lineup option for fantasy managers after not playing since Week 14. His ankle had some time to heal, but Thomas is unlikely to be 100 percent healthy for the postseason.
The New Orleans Saints are optimistic that both running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) will be available for the wild-card game against the Bears on Sunday. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and it will be a full 10 days before their first-round playoff game against Chicago, so Kamara, Latavius Murray and the entire Saints running back room will have a chance to be active. The Saints running backs must remain asymptomatic and be cleared in order to play. We'll have to keep a close eye on the statuses of Kamara, Murray and Thomas as the week progresses, but New Orleans' offense would receive a huge boost if they were all active against Chicago. Kamara would be a strong RB play for the fantasy playoffs despite a tough matchup with the Bears, while Thomas is a little bit more risky coming off his placement on Injured Reserve.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been placed on injured reserve due to an ankle ailment, and therefore will miss the remainder of the 2020 regular season. Thomas' season has been riddled by myriad injuries, with his latest development forcing his year to end with just seven regular-season appearances. Fortunately, New Orleans' playoff positioning should give Thomas the opportunity to return for the postseason, in which he'll be a highly sought after DFS commodity. In Thomas' absence, look for Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith to see a considerable increase in targets, especially with Drew Brees (ribs) back in the mix. Thomas ends the season with 40 receptions for 438 yards with zero touchdowns, which should slice into his fantasy value entering '21.
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