Fantasy fallout: Don't go chasing Cincinnati's other receivers

Nobody has a more stacked lineup of fantasy analysts and NFL team reporters than ESPN. It's the rare "backfield by committee" that is actually a good thing for fantasy football managers.

Every Tuesday, Mike Triplett will ask our NFL Nation reporters a series of burning questions about the weekend's biggest stories in order to help inform you for your waiver-wire pickups and roster decisions.

Among this week's topics: Why you should be prepared to wait for New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas to make an impact and why you should lower expectations for Cincinnati Bengals receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.

It's time to begin our weekly trip around the league, so fasten your seat belts and get ready to tour the NFL Nation!

New Orleans Saints

How soon will Michael Thomas be back on the field?

That's still a big TBD. However, even if he returns to practice this week now that he is eligible to come off of the PUP list, fantasy managers should be prepared to wait a little longer for him to be usable in their starting lineups. Remember, Thomas hasn't practiced with the Saints since January, and he had major ankle surgery in June.