Thomas was back to playing the alpha dog of the Saints passing attack, posting a double-digit catch total for the first time since Week 9. The third-year wideout dominated the short-to-medium-passing window throughout the contest, logging his third-highest target total of the season in the process. Thomas has the potential to generate a stat line the caliber of Sunday's in any given week, and he'll look to build on the performance versus the vulnerable Panthers secondary in a Week 15 divisional matchup.
Thomas (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Thomas' activity confirms that his lack of participation in Wednesday's session was for maintenance purposes more than anything else. The Saints' top wideout can be locked into fantasy lineups with confidence come Sunday, when he'll face off against the same Tampa Bay squad he torched for 16 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
Thomas (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
After being held out of Wednesday's session, Thomas at least is managing some reps Thursday, which bodes well for his Week 14 availability. During the previous weeks in which he missed a practice with an injury or ailment -- Weeks 2 and 9 -- he was a full participant the next day and proceeded to dismantle his upcoming opponents (the Browns and Rams, respectively) to the tune of 24 catches (on 28 targets) for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Thomas was held out of Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Assuming he picked up the injury during last Thursday's 13-10 loss to Dallas, the 25-year-old wideout will at least have the benefit of a few extra days to recover. He's missed just one game in three pro seasons, but there won't be any denying the concern if he doesn't make it back to practice in some capacity Thursday. Thomas has an appetizing Week 14 road matchup against the vulnerable Tampa Bay defense (8.6 yards per pass attempt, 28 passing TDs).
Thomas may have led the Saints in receiving yardage, but it was his second straight game with less than 50. The third-year wideout was a victim of a Cowboys' suffocating pass defense that limited Drew Brees to a season-low 4.4 yards per attempt. Thomas also failed to find the end zone for the second straight game after compiling four touchdowns over the prior three games. With just a modest 60 yards per game through the air over the four games since his 211-yard explosion against the Rams on Nov. 4, Thomas will look to reclaim some of his fantasy luster against the Buccaneers in a Week 14 tilt on Dec. 9.
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|2016||New Orleans Saints||15||12||92||1137||12.4||46||9||18||1||62|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||14||104||1245||12.0||43||5||22||1||70|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||13||13||102||1218||11.9||72||8||15||2||65|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||15||4||3.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||New Orleans Saints||15||2||2||0||2||0||10||2||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||13||2||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|