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Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Date of Birth:  03/03/1993
Age:  26
Height  6'3"
Weight:   212
College:  Ohio State
Drafted:  2016 | Round 2 | Pick 47
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Michael Thomas | Saints WR

The Saints are signing Michael Thomas to a five-year contract extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The contract is worth $100 million, making Thomas the first offensive player that's not a quarterback to get a contract of nine figures. This ends the first big holdout of a star player this year, as Thomas will now report to camp as the highest-paid receiver in the league. This new deal for the Saints receiver could lead to Falcons' All-Pro Julio Jones, who reported to camp despite not receiving a new deal, getting a new contract of his own soon. New Orleans paying a receiver this type of money is a slight surprise, but Thomas is locked in as a huge part of their offense for the next handful of years, including likely past the playing career of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. You can comfortable select Thomas early in 2019 fantasy drafts now that the holdout is over.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas is holding out of training camp, according to NFL Network.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo say Thomas is staying away until he gets a new contract from the Saints. The fourth-year receiver is reportedly seeking over $20 million, so it's understandable that New Orleans hasn't signed him to a long-term extension yet. During Thomas' absence, other receivers will have an opportunity to step up and get important reps with Drew Brees throughout camp. Thomas seems like the type that might stay away into the regular season if he doesn't get the money he believes he deserves, so early drafters should keep in mind that there's probably a chance Thomas misses time to start this season.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches four passes in NFC Championship Game loss.

Thomas gained 36 yards on his four receptions in the Saints' playoff loss to the Rams. Obviously, the Rams (with Aqib Talib in the lineup after he missed their first matchup) did a much better job of focusing on and stopping Thomas, who had 211 yards in Week 9 against LA. Thomas was targeted just seven times in the game, and he simply just didn't get much going. One of the league's hardest workers, Thomas will probably get to work for the 2019 season immediately. He'll be among the highest-floor selections in fantasy drafts this summer.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas sets Saints' playoff record in win versus the Eagles.

Thomas caught 12 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Divisional Round victory. The Eagles appeared to opt to single cover Thomas for much of the game, and he was by far Drew Brees' top target and got open often throughout the game. The 171 yards were a Saints franchise record. The score came on a mini back-shoulder throw from the slot deep in the red zone to put the Saints ahead in the third quarter. Thomas will now have an interesting matchup against Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday, and Brees probably won't shy away from giving him opportunities to make plays.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught five passes for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to Carolina.

Thomas surprisingly played into the fourth quarter and led the team with seven targets despite having the No. 1 seed locked up. The star receiver finishes his age-25 campaign with career-highs across the board—125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns—and his catches led the league. Thomas should he the focus of the passing attack as the Saints look to make a Super Bowl run in a couple weeks.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores game-wining touchdown in Week 16.

Thomas caught 11 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' victory over the Steelers. The touchdown was a short comeback route where he gained control of the ball just before come out of the end zone. This was a strong showing for Thomas and fantasy owners after the third-year receiver went four games without 100 yards or a score. He might not play in Week 17 with the No. 1 seed locked up for the Saints.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches seven passes against the Panthers.

Thomas gained 49 yards on his seven receptions in the Saints' Week 15 victory, as Carolina did a relatively good job of limiting him and New Orleans' passing game. However, Thomas did make some key catches throughout the night and probably played better than the numbers indicate. Thomas has been held under 50 yards in three of the last four games, so fantasy owners will obviously be hoping for huge explosive games to end the season with fantasy titles on the line these last two games.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches 11 passes in Week 14.

Thomas gained 98 yards on his 11 receptions against the Bucs, as the connection between he and Drew Brees was again exceptional. There was a sideline play where Thomas looked to maybe have a catch, but it was controversially ruled incomplete. Still, it was strong showing for the third-year receiver, who crossed 100 receptions and 1,200 yards for the second straight season with this showing. Thomas will again be one of the top options for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches five passes in Saints' Thursday night loss.

Thomas gained 40 yards on his five receptions against the Cowboys, as he was tasked with going up against cornerback Byron Jones for much of the night. No one for the Saints could get anything going, though, and Thomas did draw a couple of penalties. However, the connection between Drew Brees and Thomas just wasn't as good as it's been all season. The third-year receiver has just 78 yards the past two weeks, but he's a good bet to pass that total next week alone against a Bucs team he hit with a 16/180/1 line in Week 1.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas held in check as New Orleans improves to 10-1.

Thomas caught four-of-six targets for 38 yards in the victory over Atlanta. Because the Saints defense forced turnovers, the Falcons couldn't hold up their end of a potential shootout, and it led to a quiet night for Drew Brees' No. 1 receiver. Thomas should bounce back next Thursday night against the Cowboys, but he will probably be ranked as more of a solid WR1 than the high-end variety like the past couple weeks.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores in Week 11.

Thomas was targeted four times against the Eagles, but as usual he was extremely efficient with his opportunities, catching four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. The score was a 23-yarder where he beat the corner off the line of scrimmage and had the help of Drew Brees beating the safety with a dime to the front pylon. Thomas also added a 30-yard reception in the blowout win. In Week 12 against the Falcons, Thomas will be about as safe as it gets in fantasy lineups.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas puts up career-high in receiving against the Rams.

Thomas caught 12 passes (on 15 targets) for 211 yards and one touchdown—a 71-yarder on a deep ball to put the Saints up two possessions with under four minutes remaining. Unfortunately, Thomas pulled a cell phone out of the bottom of the goal post to pay homage to former Saints receiver Joe Horn doing a phone-call touchdown celebration in 2003, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty that fortunately didn't cost his team. The 211 yards was a Saints franchise record, and a lot of it came against struggling Rams cornerback Marcus Peters. Thomas is on pace for an insane 140 receptions, 1,760 yards, and ten touchdowns through eight games.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught five passes for 81 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

The numbers were boosted by a 44-yard reception that looked to hit the ground, but Thomas drew pass interference on the play anyway. While it was a little disappointing that he didn't have a bigger game without Xaiver Rhodes (ankle) active for Minnesota, Thomas did well to gain 81 yards on a night that Drew Brees threw for just 120 yards. Consider the Ohio State product a solid WR1 for next Sunday's potential shootout against the Rams.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores in win over the Ravens.

Thomas caught seven passes for 69 yards, including a five-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. It was a difficult matchup for the star receiver, but he led the team in targets (nine) and is obviously a must-start every week. Thomas was held in check against Minnesota last season, but Xaiver Rhodes (ankle) had to leave yesterday's game, and being less than 100% or inactive would be a huge boost to Thomas' outlook for Week 8. Either way, he's a WR1 option in all formats.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches four passes in Week 5.

Thomas gained 74 yards on his four receptions (five targets) against the Redskins. It felt like a relatively quiet night for Thomas, but he still ended up with 74 yards in the game. Thomas will be a high-floor option when the Saints take on the Ravens in a couple weeks.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas gets held under 50 yards in Saints' win.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins did a really good job on Thomas, but Thomas was also double-teamed throughout much of the game. The third-year receiver had four receptions (on four targets) for 47 yards in the Week 4 win, slightly slowing down his record-breaking pace to start the season. Through four games, Thomas is on pace for a 168/1,780/12 line, and he's caught 42-of-44 targets this season. Week 5 against Josh Norman and the Redskins is not an easy matchup, but look for Thomas to bounce back with a bigger game.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches another ten passes in win over the Falcons.

Thomas—who started the season with lines of 16/180/1 and 12/89/2—caught ten passes for 129 yards in a 43-37 victory. He's now hauled in an improbable 38-of-40 (95%) targets to start the season and is on pace for over 200 receptions, which would shatter the single-season NFL record of 143 receptions. Next week, the Giants won't have anyone that can cover the former first-round pick, who is an elite option in all leagues and arguably the top play in PPR formats.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores twice in Saints' win.

Thomas was an excellent target for Drew Brees against the Browns, catching 12-of-13 targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, but he did have a fumble lost. After 16 receptions to open the season, Thomas now has 28 receptions through two games, which is an NFL record. Thomas is as safe as it gets when the Saints face the Falcons in Week 3.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas grabs 16 balls in Week 1.

Thomas had the benefit of the Saints needing to throw the ball a ton after falling behind the Bucs, and he cashed-in with 16 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown, but he did lose a fumble in the loss. The 16 receptions were a Saints record, and the 180 yards were a career-high for the third-year receiver. Thomas will remain a very good option in Week 2 against the Browns.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores twice in Saints' playoff loss.

Thomas had to contend with All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes for much of the night when the Vikings were in man coverage, but he still had a very good game in the close playoff defeat. The second-year receiver had seven reception on 13 targets, gaining 85 yards with his two touchdowns. The first score was on a deep crossing route that was covered nicely by Rhodes, but Drew Brees made a perfect throw over the diving cornerback. The second score came on a slant route at the goal line where Thomas easily beat veteran cornerback Terrance Newman. Thomas' 196 receptions through two season are an NFL record, and he'll offer among the highest floors for receivers in 2018 fantasy drafts.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas has big day in playoff win over Carolina.

Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards in the 31-26 victory. The second-year receiver was a difficult cover all game, but things will get a lot tougher next Sunday against the Vikings. Expect Thomas to see a bunch of All-Pro cornerback Xaiver Rhodes as they look to advance to the NFC Championship. In the season opener, Thomas was contained by Minnesota in a MNF loss for New Orleans.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas leads team in receiving as Saints fall to Bucs.

Thomas caught six passes for 94 yards, putting him over 100 receptions for the first time in his career. The former first-round pick built on his 92/1,137/9 line as a rookie with 104 receptions for 1,245 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. He will look to be a big part of a potential Super Bowl run for New Orleans.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas plays through hamstring issue in Week 16 win.

Thomas caught four passes for 66 yards, and he didn't look to be hampered much by his injured leg. The second-year receiver will be a no-doubt WR1 option against the 4-11 Bucs next Sunday, as New Orleans needs to win to lock up the NFC South.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas (hamstring) is officially active for Week 16.

Thomas was added to the injury report yesterday with a hamstring injury, but there wasn't much doubt he'd be out there in a huge divisional matchup with Atlanta. You can lock Thomas into lineups as a usual high-floor play despite having to contend with the strong cornerback group of the Falcons.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas goes for 9/93/1 in win over the Jets.

Thomas had a strong day, but it could have been a huge one, as he had a touchdown overturned because his foot was out of bounds, and was also short of the goal line by inches on another occasion. Still, he's coming through for fantasy owners in the playoffs, and he should continue to remain a solid WR1 option on Christmas Eve against the Falcons.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores in Saints' loss.

Thomas had what was probably his best game of the season so far in tonight's loss to Atlanta, catching 10 of 14 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was a pass-heavy game for the Saints, which led to a lot of volume for the second-year receiver throughout the night. The score came on a pick play by the goal line where Thomas ran a one-yard flat route and was wide open for six. Thomas will offer a very high floor and should remain in fantasy lineups in Week 15 versus the Jets.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas scores in Week 13 win.

Thomas caught five passes for 70 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Drew Brees' top receiver was also missed for another big gain, but it was a solid day nonetheless. He has a somewhat difficult matchup against the Falcons on Thursday night, but he would get a boost if top cornerback Desmond Trufant misses another game. Either way, he's a quality WR1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas contained as Saints fall to Rams.

Thomas caught five passes for 52 yards in the 26-20 loss. The second-year receiver isn't scoring much and only has one 100-yard game this season, but he has at least five receptions in all but one game this season, so he's been a steady presence for PPR owners. He'll look to have a big game against Carolina next Sunday, especially after what Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse did to them in Week 12. Keep Thomas in lineups as a solid WR1 in all formats.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas gets 11 targets in Week 11.

Thomas caught six passes for 91 yards against the Redskins, as he was again a reliable target for Drew Brees. The second-year receiver will continue to offer a very high floor each week, and he should remain in lineups against the Rams in Week 12.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas gets ten targets against the Bills.

Thomas worked as a great intermediate target in the Saints win, catching nine passes for 117 yards, with a long of 28 yards. In a game the Saints ran the ball 48 times, Thomas was the only receiver aside from rookie running back Alvin Kamara to catch more than one pass. On one of his receptions down the field, the second-year receiver nearly broke a tackle and score at around the 10-15-yard line, but he was brought down by the last defender. He has a matchup with Josh Norman next week, but Thomas should still offer a high floor in fantasy lineups.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught eight passes for 65 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs.

Thomas led the team in receptions, but he couldn't find the end zone or put up a bigger yardage total in a game that New Orleans easily handled. Keep Thomas in lineups as a quality WR1 when the Saints travel to Buffalo in Week 10.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches seven of eight targets in Week 8.

Thomas was a reliable target for Drew Brees against the Bears, gaining 77 yards on his seven receptions. The second-year receiver now has at least 75 yards in five of his first seven games, and he's a good bet to hit that mark again next week against the Buccaneers.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught seven passes for 82 yards in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Thomas was held to five yards in the first half, but Drew Brees connected with him often in the third quarter to get going. With at least 92 yards in four-of-six games, Thomas will look to make it five-of-seven against the Bears next week. He's a solid WR1 in standard and PPR leagues.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas doesn't play well in Week 6.

Despite the Saints putting up 52 points, the offense ran more through the running game against the Lions (and the defense scored two touchdowns in the game, too). Thomas had three receptions (on six targets) for 11 yards, but he also had a pass that was basically taken away from him by Darius Slay for an interception. The second-year receiver will look to bounce back against the Packers next week.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas gets 11 targets in Saints' win.

Thomas caught eight of 11 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. Early in the game, the Saints went right after rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, and the Saints were able to get some completions on him. Thomas' touchdown came on a short pass by the goal line that he took through a tackle at the goal line. Thomas should be a WR1 when he returns from his Week 5 bye.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Panthers.

Thomas was held in check for the first two weeks of the season, as we expected in tough matchups, but he unsurprisingly broke through in this one. The touchdown was a five-yard score in the first quarter, and Thomas will look to do it again next week against a beatable Miami secondary next Sunday in London. He's a solid WR1.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught five passes for 89 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England.

Thomas was given a lot of attention by Bill Belichick, so this was a fine performance for him. The second-year receiver should find the end zone soon after being held without a touchdown in the first two games of the season. He could be in for a big day next Sunday against Carolina, and is back on the WR1 radar after being a low-end WR2 option against the Vikings and Patriots.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Vikings hold Michael Thomas to under 50 yards in Week 1.

The second-year receiver had five receptions for 45 yards against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings, as the entire Saints offense struggled to get anything going in the game. Thomas doesn't get a much easier matchup against the Patriots next week, as New England has Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore at corner and might try to take Thomas out of the game. He's still a WR1 option in your fantasy lineup.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught four passes for 27 yards on Saturday night.

It was his first time playing with Drew Brees this preseason after the quarterback sat out the first two games. He has a tough couple of weeks to start the regular season with Minnesota and New England, but Thomas is worth a pick in the second round of fantasy drafts.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas catches 28-yard pass in Week 2 of the preseason.

It was Thomas' only reception of the day but he didn't play long, as Drew Brees didn't play at all in the game. Thomas is one of the safer WR1 available in fantasy drafts and is a worthy second-round pick.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Thomas catches two passes for 17 yards in preseason opener.

The Saints top receiver was without his quarterback in the exhibition, but he still played a little with Chase Daniel. Thomas will probably see more action next game against the Chargers before the regular season dress rehearsal in the third preseason game.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Saints receiver Michael Thomas has put on ten pounds without losing speed or quickness.

Thomas is up from 210 pounds last season to 220 pounds now. He also says he's been working hard to polish his game. Last season, Thomas stepped right in and performed as one of the top receivers in the league while setting Saints rookie records in catches (92), yards (1,137), and receiving touchdowns (nine). With Brandin Cooks in New England, Thomas is the clear number one receiver for New Orleans. He offers a very high floor, and does have some good upside, although the Saints like to spread the ball around and they added Adrian Peterson, so they could run the ball more than past years.

Michael Thomas caps off rookie season with 10 catch, 150 yard performance.

The Ohio State rookie had ten catches for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. Drew Brees quickly gained the trust of Thomas this season, and he easily had over 1,000 yards for the Saints, ending with 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns. People should have listened when head coach Sean Payton said he would draft Michael Thomas if he played fantasy football before the season. Thomas is a lock to be drafted in the top 20 WRs in 2017 drafts.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Rookie Thomas continues great campaign.

Michael Thomas hauled in six catches for 98 yards adding to his impressive rookie season. Thomas has exceeded expectations in his rookie year catching 82 passes for 981 and 8 touchdowns. He's obviously got the trust of Drew Bree's already as a rookie, and should make an impact in the coming years. Thomas will be a WR2 next week against Carolina to end his rookie season and needs just 29 yards to get 1,000. Impressive.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas returns to catch a touchdown in the Saints' win over the Cardinals.

Thomas caught seven passes for 52 yards and a score in the shootout victory. The rookie was not active for Week 14 against the Bucs, but he should make an impact versus them on Christmas Eve. Thomas is a solid WR2 over the final two weeks.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Michael Thomas caught four passes for 42 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

After going off last week, Thomas took a backseat to Brandin Cooks after Cooks voiced his displeasure with his role in the offense. The rookie out of Ohio State should stay in lineups as a strong WR2 next week at Tampa Bay.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Rookie Michael Thomas leads Saints in receiving again; catches two touchdowns.

Thomas caught nine-out-of-ten targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in Week 12. It was Thomas' best game of the year thus far, during what has been an outstanding rookie season. Thomas has at least 40 yards in every game this season. If you listened to Sean Payton, who said he would target Michael Thomas if he played fantasy football, and drafted Thomas then you should pat yourself on the back. Thomas needs to be in your lineup next week against the Lions. He's a great WR2.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Thomas leads Saints in receiving on Thursday night.

The rookie caught 5 passes for 68 yards, but a nice chunk of the yardage came on the final play of the game with Carolina playing prevent defense. It was a disappointing game for all Saints pass catchers after they exploded in the first meeting with the Panthers. Thomas remains on the WR2 radar for next week against the Rams.

Michael Thomas | Saints WR

Thomas has worst game as a pro, losing two fumbles in loss.

The rookie wideout caught four passes for 40 yards, and lost a couple crucial fumbles. It was his first game with less than five fantasy points this season, so we can expect a bounce back this Thursday against Carolina. Thomas caught five passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in Week 6 versus the Panthers. He remains on the WR2 map for Week 11.

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