Michael Thomas should be drafted in the first round of every Fantasy draft and could be considered as early as No. 2 overall in PPR. You shouldn't expect Thomas to repeat his record-breaking 2019, but he will still project as the target and reception leader in 2020. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders could cut into his target share, but not enough to knock him from his perch as the No. 1 wide receiver in Fantasy. Also, there's no reason to believe he doesn't have 12-touchdown upside, which could help make up for whatever loss in receptions he sees. Thomas is the No. 1 receiver in Dynasty formats as well.
Thomas was voted the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday. It's hard to argue against Thomas winning the hardware, though Carolina's Christian McCaffrey was certainly in contention among non-quarterbacks. Thomas set a new NFL record with 149 receptions this season, finishing with 1,725 receiving yards and nine touchdowns to boot in helping the Saints to a 13-3 record.
Thomas hauled in seven of eight targets for 70 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Thomas led the Saints in receiving, though he couldn't break out, compiling a pedestrian receiving line by his standards. He ends his fourth season in New Orleans with a lot of positive momentum on his side. After signing an enormous contract extension last off season, he delivered a historic campaign, leading the league in receiving yards while catching an NFL-record 149 receptions. The Ohio State product has been unbelievably reliable since entering the league, and he should be a near-unanimous first-round fantasy pick in nearly all formats in 2020.
Thomas (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Thomas was limited at practice Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday puts the NFL's leading receiver on track to play Sunday against the Vikings and handle his usual high-volume role. The 2016 second-rounder set an NFL record this past season by racking up 149 receptions, which he parlayed into 1,725 yards and nine TDs.
Thomas (hand) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Thomas was also limited by the hand injury in the Saints' first two practices of Week 17, but he ultimately upgraded to full participation last Friday and carried no designation into Sunday's 42-10 win over the Panthers. With that in mind, Thomas is expected to follow a similar path in advance of this weekend's wild-card matchup with the Vikings, leaving little doubt about his availability.
Thomas corralled four of nine targets for 37 yards in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. After battling a hand injury all week, Thomas suited up for the Saints' final regular-season matchup, though his performance was a let-down for fantasy owners. He produced his lowest receiving total of the season while snagging his fewest passes of the year in the blowout victory. Despite the poor Week 17 showing, Thomas will carry a 149/1,725/9 line into the playoffs.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|2||09/22||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|3||09/28||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|5||10/13||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|9||11/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|10||11/15||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|15||12/20||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|3 Year Avg||160||126||1458||8||79||11.57||191|