News: 18 hours agoThomas (ankle), who has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Raiders, has been given an estimated recovery timeline of 2-to-4 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Spin: Thomas was handed that timeline after recently receiving a second opinion on the high left ankle sprain he sustained in the Saints' season-opening win over the Buccaneers. While Thomas is seemingly in jeopardy of missing the Saints' Week 3 matchup with the Packers, Jay Glazer reported on Fox NFL Sunday earlier in the day that the star wideout is healing quicker than anticipated, giving him some hope of missing just one game due to the injury. Thomas' activity (or lack thereof) in practices Wednesday through Friday should provide a better idea regarding which direction he's trending heading into the game against Green Bay.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Thomas is fresh off a historic 2019 season in which he set a single-season record for receptions (149) en route to outscoring the next-closest wide receiver by 99 fantasy points. Incredibly, Thomas finished as a top-five fantasy WR nine times during his final 12 games of 2019. During his four NFL campaigns, Thomas has finished no lower than ninth in receptions, yards, catch rate and fantasy points. Thomas' massive 32.5% target share will be hard to repeat, but history suggests he'll still be in the vicinity. Couple that with the return of Drew Brees and the 27-year-old Thomas is primed for another elite performance. He's a top-five overall fantasy asset.