Michael Thomas 2021 Fantasy Football Tip: How Will Top Saints WR Fare Without Drew Brees?

Frank Ammirante offers his Michael Thomas 2021 Fantasy Football Tip And Outlook. See The Game Day’s full 2021 fantasy football draft coverage.

Michael Thomas 2021 Fantasy Football Tip

Michael Thomas 2020 Fantasy Football Recap

Michael Thomas 2020 Fantasy Football Ranking (PPR)

251st Overall, WR88 (Per FantasyPros)

Michael Thomas 2020 Stats

  • 55 targets
  • 40 receptions
  • 438 receiving yards
  • 0 touchdowns
  • 11.0 yards per reception
  • 7 games

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Michael Thomas 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

After putting together a historic 2019 campaign for the New Orleans Saints, Thomas was prevented by injuries from reaching those heights again in 2020. He suffered a high ankle sprain during Week 1, which lingered all season long and ultimately limited him to just seven games. The injury affected his performance on the field as well, as he finished with career lows in yards per reception (11.0), receptions per game (5.7), and yards per game (62.6).

Thomas also failed to score a touchdown last season, which suppressed his fantasy value even more. Overall, his production fell far short of what fantasy GMs were hoping for when they drafted him as the first or second receiver off the board.

The three-time Pro Bowler will try to put all that behind him as he looks to bounce back in 2021. The biggest key for him will be establishing chemistry with Taysom Hill and/or Jameis Winston in the wake of Drew Brees‘s retirement. With veterans Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook both departing in the offseason, Thomas should attract plenty of targets and appears in line for a monster workload as the team’s undisputed WR1.

The biggest unknown is how the Saints’ new offense will operate. Hill is more of a runner than a passer, while Winston is a gunslinger. Hill would likely dampen Thomas’s fantasy outlook a bit, whereas Winston would give it a boost. It’s also worth noting that Alvin Kamara emerged as the team’s top offensive weapon last year in Thomas’s absence, and New Orleans was forced to lean more on the ground game due to the limitations of Brees and Hill. That may be the case again this year given the team’s lack of receiving talent beyond Thomas.

Either way, a healthy Thomas will likely finish as a top-10 receiver with top-5 upside. While he probably won’t replicate his gaudy 2019 numbers, he should wind up with around 150 targets, 1,500 receiving yards, and close to double-digit touchdowns.


Michael Thomas 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Value (PPR)

Last year aside, Thomas can once again be considered one of the top wide receivers in fantasy football. Regardless of who’s under center for the Saints, Thomas should flourish based on his elite track record and massive target share. He’s currently going towards the end of the third round in fantasy drafts as the ninth receiver off the board, which seems like a steal considering that he was a consensus first-round pick last year. Taking him there is a no-brainer.

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