Saints QB Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The "initial estimate" has Brees missing 6 weeks. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be Brees' most likely return date. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but he's only worth stashing in 2-QB leagues or 1-QB leagues with an IR spot. If he returns in Week 10, he'll have 4 more home games left. QB Teddy Bridgewater will get the 1st crack at replacing Brees. He struggled in relief vs. the Rams and underwhelmed this preseason, posting a 61.4% completion rate and 5.7 yards per attempt. Consider Bridgewater just a low-end QB2 for now. But we do have some confidence that he's good enough -- alongside HC Sean Payton -- to at least keep RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas afloat. If Bridgewater struggles, the Saints could give QB Taysom Hill a shot.
The Saints and WR Michael Thomas have agreed to a 5-year, $100 million extension that makes him the league's highest-paid WR. He gets $61 million guaranteed, which is the most in NFL history for a non-QB. Thomas will end his brief holdout and is safe to target in the late 1st or early 2nd round of fantasy drafts. He's finished 7th, 6th and 6th among WRs in PPR points through 3 NFL seasons.
Saints WR Michael Thomas did not report for the start of training camp on Thursday as he angles for a new contract. He's set to make just $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The 2 sides have been negotiating for a while, but Thomas is reportedly looking for $20+ million per season. Odell Beckham is currently the league's highest-paid WR with an average annual salary of $18 million. We'll see how long this standoff lasts.
Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater will start this weekend's finale against the Panthers, HC Sean Payton said Friday. So QB Drew Brees will get the day off. We'd expect the same for RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and WR Michael Thomas. Dwayne Washington figures to serve as New Orleans' lead back vs. Carolina, with Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr handling most of the WR duties. It's unclear how much WR Ted Ginn will play after returning last week.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) isn’t listed on the final Week 14 injury report. After sitting out on Wednesday, he put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Keep him glued into fantasy lineups for a plus matchup vs. the Bucs.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to a full practice on Thursday. His absence on Wednesday was precautionary. Thomas is safe to keep in fantasy lineups for a mouth-watering Week 14 matchup vs. the Bucs.
Saints WR Michael Thomas missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. We haven't seen anything specific on the issue, which appears to be new but didn't keep him from playing 51 of 52 offensive snaps against the Cowboys last Thursday night. We'll certainly watch Thomas' participation the rest of the week.
The Ravens will be without their top cover man when they face the Saints today. CB Marlon Humphrey (quad) is inactive. That can only be good news for New Orleans WRs Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, though the matchup remains tough.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Bucs on Sunday and should be closer to 100% than he was last week. Thomas remains a must-start in season-long leagues.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The fact that he was out there at all early in the week is a good sign, but Thomas will be a risky Week 17 fantasy play if we don't see him get in a full practice on Thursday or Friday. He set season lows in targets (5) and snap rate (62.5%) last weekend.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. He was added to the injury report on Saturday and was reportedly a game-time decision. It adds risk to his Week 16 outlook, but Thomas would be awfully tough to sit in season-long fantasy leagues.
Saints WR Michael Thomas is "considered 50/50 to play" against the Falcons today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Thomas will test out his ailing hamstring before the 1 p.m. ET start, and then the team will decide his status. The situation obviously adds risk even if Thomas is active. Weigh that against your replacement option once the inactives arrive at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Saints WR Michael Thomas was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with a hamstring. We don't have any other details on the situation. The good news is that we'll find out Thomas' status by noon ET tomorrow. If active, he'll remain a must-start in season-long fantasy leagues.
Saints WR Willie Snead received a 3-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Popped for driving under the influence, Snead was originally expected to serve a 4-game ban before having it reduced on appeal. With the 24-year-old out, Drew Brees will rely more on Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener. Thomas was already poised for a monster workload, so this news provides the biggest bump to Ginn, Coleman and Fleener.
The Patriots have acquired WR Brandin Cooks from the Saints, sending a 1st- and a 3rd-round pick and getting back a 4th-rounder. Cooks caught 162 passes over the past 2 seasons, topping 1,100 yards in each campaign and scoring 17 TDs over that span. He finished among the top 13 WRs across fantasy formats in each of those seasons. The Pats control his rights for the next 2 years, including a team option for 2018. Cooks lands in 1 of the few offenses that approximates the efficiency of New Orleans and figures to quickly challenge Julian Edelman for the team target lead. His fantasy outlook doesn't change drastically from what it's been with the Saints. Other WRs in New England will have more trouble finding regular opportunities. Back in New Orleans, Michael Thomas should grab a larger share of targets, while Willie Snead stands to gain if the team doesn't add anything more than Ted Ginn to the corps this offseason.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) put in a full practice on Friday and is not listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. We don’t know how much he’ll see of CB Patrick Peterson, leaving the rookie as a risk/reward WR2.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. He only put in a limited workout on Friday last week before missing the Bucs game. It looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals, but we'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. Brandon Coleman figures to step into his spot in the lineup, putting him on the WR3 flier radar. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead remain better target bets.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He only put in a limited practice on Friday. We’ll look for an update on Thomas on Sunday morning. Saints-Bucs doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We don't have any details on the injury or when it occurred. Thomas led Saints WRs in snaps last weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.
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