Thomas secured eight of 11 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Thomas was in the familiar position of pacing the team in receiving yardage and targets, while his 16-yard scoring grab to close out the first quarter was his fifth of the season overall. The Pro Bowl wideout has four consecutive 100-yard efforts, and he's now recorded at least eight grabs in seven straight contests. Thomas will look to continue building on his stellar numbers versus the Panthers in a Week 12 divisional matchup.
Thomas corralled 13 of 14 targets for 152 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Falcons.
The 26-year-old wideout has been one of the league's most consistently-dominant fantasy assets through 10 weeks of the 2019 season, racking up at least five catches in every single game and eclipsing 85 receiving yards in eight of nine. Thomas' hefty workload indicates that he will continue to be a force down the stretch, as he has now averaged 12.2 targets per game since Week 5, with no fewer than seven balls thrown his way in any contest this year. Week 11 presents an extremely favorable matchup for Thomas, as he will be facing a Buccaneers defense that allowed Arizona's top pass catcher, Christian Kirk, to amass 138 receiving yards and three touchdowns Sunday.
Thomas secured all 11 of his targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 31-9 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He also lost nine yards on his sole rush.
Thomas paced the Saints in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon, as he helped make Drew Brees' return to action from a thumb injury a highly successful one. The star receiver now has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in three of the past four games, and his double-digit target streak stands at four contests. With Brees back in the fold and clearly back to full health, the 26-year-old's upside is through the roof moving forward.
Thomas caught nine of 11 targets for 131 yards during Sunday's 36-25 win over the Bears.
Despite a tough road matchup against a strong Chicago defense, Thomas caught 82 percent of his targets while averaging a healthy 14.6 yards per catch. His growing rapport with Teddy Bridgewater was perhaps best displayed on a beautiful 34-yard connection that could have gone for a longer touchdown if he wasn't dubiously ruled down by contact. Perhaps the only complaint from his fantasy owners would be the lack of a trip to the end zone for a second consecutive week, but he could easily put that to rest in next Sunday's inviting matchup against the Cardinals.
Thomas secured eight of 12 targets for 89 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Thomas wasn't anywhere near as prolific as he'd been at the expense of the Buccaneers in Week 5, but he was able to generate a solid fantasy afternoon overall versus a Jaguars defense missing Jalen Ramsey (back) for a third consecutive contest. Thomas once again unsurprisingly paced the Saints in targets and now has logged 25 looks over the last two games alone. The Pro Bowl receiver will look to make his mark once again versus the tough Bears defense Week 7.
Thomas will not have to face coverage from Jalen Ramsey (back) in Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Jaguars with the star cornerback declared inactive for the contest.
Thomas is coming off an 11-catch, 182-yard, two-touchdown trampling of the Buccaneers in Week 5, and with Ramsey inactive, he theoretically will have an easier path to strong production once again Sunday. The Jaguars have been inconsistent in the secondary in Ramsey's absence, and Thomas' obvious rapport with Teddy Bridgewater could certainly come into play again Week 6.
Thomas secured 11 of 13 targets for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The spectacular stat line was one befitting of a vintage Thomas game with Drew Brees (thumb) under center, but the Pro Bowl receiver actually worked in concert with Teddy Bridgewater in eviscerating the Buccaneers defense all afternoon. The receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns were all season highs for Thomas, while his target tally equaled a high-water mark. With a nine-catch, 95-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 4 having preceded this performance, it's clear Thomas' fantasy value essentially remains almost as robust with Bridgewater under center as with Brees. Thomas will look to follow up Sunday's jaw-dropping numbers when he sees the Jaguars' depleted secondary Week 6.
Thomas caught all nine of his targets for 95 yards in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Cowboys.
Thomas' 95 yards led all positions players on either side of the ball in a low-scoring affair. The forced switch from Drew Brees (thumb) to Teddy Bridgewater hasn't slowed the star wideout down too much. He is seeing five less targets per game, but he has 20.9 standard fantasy points in the two games started by Bridgewater compared to 21.2 in the two games that Brees started. Thomas is talented enough to possess WR1 upside regardless of situation, and in Week 5 he'll have the benefit of facing off against a Tampa Bay defense that's given up at least 300 passing yards in each of the last three games.
Thomas caught five of seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against Seattle.
Thomas was the second-most targeted receiver behind Alvin Kamara, creating some concern about his production with Teddy Bridgewater under center. On the other hand, he hauled in five of his seven targets and also found the end zone -- a continuation of his heralded efficiency. All told, some of Thomas' ceiling appears to be taken away by the absence of Drew Brees (thumb), but he remains a key part of an offense that Bridgewater showed the ability to run competently. Thomas will draw a Week 4 matchup against the Cowboys.
Thomas brought in 10 of 13 targets for 89 yards in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Thomas still put together a signature performance in terms of his overall volume despite Drew Brees' first-quarter exit with a hand injury, as he paced the Saints in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on the afternoon. Thomas has matching 10-catch, 13-target games to open the campaign, but Brees' prognosis will be one for Thomas' fantasy managers to keep a close eye on over the next several days. If the future Hall of Fame quarterback is only sidelined an additional game or two, Thomas should be able to push forward without too much of a hit to his numbers. However, his outlook could get a lot murkier were he forced to play an extended stretch of games with either Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill under center. Thomas and the Saints head into a Week 3 road battle against the Seahawks.
Thomas caught 10 of 13 targets for 123 yards in Monday night's 30-28 win over the Texans.
Thomas started the season with his usual excellence, posting game highs in receptions and yards through the air. Despite fellow wideout Ted Ginn also surpassing 100 yards, Thomas' target count still led the Saints, as is normally the case. A model of consistent production, Thomas' performance Monday is somehow almost the standard he's set for himself, but he'll still hope to add a touchdown to his tally in Week 2's NFC Championship rematch against the Rams.
Thomas caught both of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-13 preseason win over the Jets.
Thomas only played the opening drive, but he dominated while he was out there, pulling down a contested 20-yard catch before capping the possession with a 19-yard touchdown. With a new contract in hand, the Saints' clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver should have no problem breaking the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season to open his career, and a healthy Thomas should challenge last season's career-best totals of 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.
Though he was spotted on the field, Thomas was not in uniform prior to Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
It remains to be seen if New Orleans will turn Thomas loose next week against the Jets in the squad's third preseason tilt, but the Saints aren't inclined to expose their top wideout -- fresh off a lucrative contract extension -- to unnecessary contact this weekend.
Thomas agreed to terms Wednesday with the Saints on a five-year contract extension worth up to $100 million, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Thomas didn't report for the start of training camp last week while seeking a new deal and didn't have to wait long to receive a long-term contract that keeps him in New Orleans through 2024. The 2018 first-team All-Pro will earn $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie deal before the extension goes into effect in 2020. At that time, he'll become the NFL's highest-paid wideout, with his lavish deal including $19.25 million annually and $61 million guaranteed. Thomas' extension could set the market for other high-end receivers seeking new deals before the upcoming season, with Atlanta's Julio Jones being the most notable of that group.
Thomas isn't reporting for the start of training camp, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Thomas reportedly is seeking a pact that will put him first among all wide receivers in average annual value. A report from June suggested the two sides were far apart on compensation, with the 26-year-old seeking $22 million per season and the Saints thinking more along the lines of $18 million.
Thomas and the Saints are still far apart in extension negotiations, Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Thomas reportedly wants $22 million per season, while the Saints are angling for around $18 million, which would put him close to Odell Beckham Jr. and a little ahead of Antonio Brown. The 25-year-old wideout currently is traveling in Europe, and he hasn't made any noise about a potential holdout as he prepares for the final season of his rookie contract. It may be hard to settle on a price when both sides know that A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Amari Cooper also are in the process of discussing extensions with their respective teams. Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that the Saints are comfortable making Thomas the highest paid wide receiver in the league, but that doesn't mean they'll go up to $22 million.
Thomas has signed with a new agent from the same agency, now working with Andrew Kessler of Athletes First, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Thomas has averaged 107 catches for 1,262 yards and 7.7 TDs in three pro seasons, and his status as a second-round pick means the Saints don't have the ability to exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The soon-to-be 26-year-old thus figures to sign a massive extension at some point this offseason, with a franchise tag looming in 2020 if no agreement comes into place. Thomas has a solid argument to match Odell Beckham, who signed a five-year, $90 million extension in August with $41 million fully guaranteed (per overthecap.com).
Thomas brought in four of seven targets for 36 yards during the Saints' 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
In the regular-season meeting with the Rams, Thomas trampled Los Angeles to the tune of 12 receptions for 211 yards. It was a drastically different story Sunday, however, as the presence of Aquib Talib for the postseason matchup and what appeared to be a different defensive game plan overall completely changed the dynamic. Thomas did seem to have an excellent chance for a touchdown in the first half go by the wayside due to a bad pass by Drew Brees, but his performance was otherwise as pedestrian as his line would suggest. It was the most lackluster of conclusions to what was an otherwise spectacular 2018 campaign for Thomas, one that saw him set or equal new career highs across the board with a 125-1,405-9 line over 16 games, and post a record-setting 171-yard performance in a divisional-round win over the Eagles.
Thomas brought in 12 of 16 targets for a franchise-playoff-record 171 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 20-14 divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles on Sunday.
Thomas was as masterful in Sunday's postseason tilt as he was during a career-best regular campaign that he finished with an eye-popping 125-1,405-9 line. The third-year pro made key reception after key reception throughout the afternoon, helping the Saints climb out of an early 14-0 hole to forge a tenuous 20-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old's two-yard touchdown late in the third period gave New Orleans the lead in the contest for the first time and capped off a game-turning 18-play, 92-yard drive. Thomas will undoubtedly play a similarly prominent role in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus a Rams team that runs a high-octane attack highly reminiscent of that of his own squad.
Thomas is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers but may not take on his usual snap load, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
The Saints have already made quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara inactive for a mostly meaningless regular-season finale, and it's expected that other core skill-position players like Thomas and Mark Ingram will see only light action, if any. With New Orleans having already sewn up the NFC's No. 1 seed in the postseason, there's little upside to playing Thomas extensively and exposing him to injury in Week 17. Instead, fill-in signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater is expected to throw to a pass-catching group of lesser established options such as Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr, Tommylee Lewis and Dan Arnold for much of the game.
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