News: 1 day agoThomas secured four of six targets for 53 yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Spin: Thomas led the Saints in receiving yards on a day when a less-than-100-percent Derek Carr averaged only 3.4 yards per attempt. The veteran wideout has yet to turn in anything resembling one of his trademark performances of seasons past, but he's at least remained healthy for the first four games and has seen no fewer than six targets in any contest. Thomas' next opportunity to build on what is now a 22-219-0 line on 32 targets comes in a Week 5 road matchup against the Patriots.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Thomas is back with the Saints after appearing in 10 of a possible 50 games during the 2020-22 regular seasons. Thomas looked pretty good out of the gate last season (16-171-3 receiving line on 22 targets) and was fantasy's No. 16-scoring WR prior to suffering a season-ending injury after only three games. The strong play wasn't a huge shock for a player who set the NFL single-season receptions record in 2019, but another lost season is tough to swallow -- and he's now 30 years old. Perhaps Derek Carr's arrival will lead Thomas to a big rebound campaign, but it will be hard to count on him for a full season of high-end fantasy play. He's only worth a flier in the mid-to-late rounds.