Posted: 7/27/2021 9:13 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has been placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. He will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
Huddle Up: The Saints likely will have Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris as their top three receivers while Thomas is sidelined. Smith likely has the most value among the three and could be a No. 3 receiver in leagues. Alvin Kamara will also have a big role in the passing game and will be a first-round pick in all drafts. Fantasy players can consider stashing Thomas on their bench if they have the roster space.
Posted: 7/26/2021 9:03 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 26.
Huddle Up: An earlier report speculated this might be the case. With Thomas expected to be sidelined until Week 7, Alvin Kamara will be expected to carry more of the offensive load than usual. Thomas' absence frees up roughly 25 percent of the team's target share to spread out among Kamara, Adam Trautman, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris. New Orleans is almost certain to lean more heavily on Latavius Murray as well.
Posted: 7/26/2021 7:41 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would make the earliest time for him to return to game action - assuming he remains on it into the regular season - following his June surgery would be Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Anyone who bothered doing the math once it was announced that Thomas might need 12 to 16 weeks to fully recover knew a return before the Saints' Week 6 bye was unlikely. There's no question Thomas' absence is a huge blow to an offense that needs him, especially considering the fact New Orleans is entering the post-Drew Brees era. Thomas is a smart stash candidate in leagues with multiple IR spots and still worthy of a pick in the double-digit rounds in those formats, but managers in non-IR leagues could justify letting him slip into the final rounds.
Posted: 7/23/2021 2:31 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle in June that will cause him to miss the start of the regular season. The surgery came with a four-month recovery.
Huddle Up: A four-month window has him out until October, and he could miss five, six, seven games depending on when in June he had the surgery. This, coupled with the change at quarterback, could drop Thomas to a midrange WR2 or lower.
Posted: 6/10/2021 10:53 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is making good progress in his rehab from the ankle problems he dealt with last season and looked good during practice this week, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: Thomas will continue to be the top receiver for the Saints but will have to work with a new quarterback in 2021. He should still be a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver this season no matter the starting quarterback.
Posted: 8/02/2019 12:51 am GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas, who on Wednesday, July 31, signed a lucrative second contract, told general manager Mikey Loomis that he plans to sign a third contract with the Saints. 'After I signed that deal I told Mickey I'll be back to do a third deal,' Thomas said. 'Now it's on to the next goal. You're now the highest-paid, now you've got to go earn it. So that's the biggest thing I'm trying to do. I'm trying to earn every penny of it.'
Huddle Up: Thomas has caught 321 passes in three seasons with the Saints, including an NFL-most 125 last season and remains a locked-in WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Posted: 7/31/2019 8:12 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension Wednesday, July 31. The deal includes $61 million guaranteed, and he becomes the highest-paid receiver in the league, through the 2024 season.
Huddle Up: Thomas is a top-flight receiver and is one of the safest bets to use a top-half first-round pick on in fantasy.
Posted: 7/25/2019 11:11 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is seeking a new contract and has not reported to the team's training facility as of Thursday, July 25. The Saints begin training-camp practices on Friday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Something to obviously keep a close eye on as Thomas accounted for 32.8 percent of Drew Brees' 381 completions last season and is a top-five fantasy wideout entering drafts this summer.
Posted: 7/11/2019 9:11 am GMT
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has logged 321 receptions since entering the NFL, and he is the only player in league history to record at least 300 catches in his first three seasons.
Huddle Up: Thomas is one of the most dependable receivers in the league and the go-to option for Drew Brees. He's locked in for another season of WR1 production.
Posted: 6/21/2019 10:40 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' asking price has come down to $22 million per year, while the Saints are sitting at $18 million per year. Thomas is in Europe, and nothing is imminent.
Huddle Up: Thomas has emerged as one of the better WR1 options in PPR formats with a lot more stability than some of the sexier names in new uniforms or situations.