- Kimes: Thomas' injury makes Saints' WR group thinnest in the NFL
News: 3 days agoThomas (ankle) still is multiple weeks away from a return, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Spin: Thomas began the 2021 season on the PUP list after undergoing left ankle surgery, making him eligible to return as early as Week 7, but it appears as though the star wideout will require a bit more time to rest before resuming practice activities. As the Saints come off a Week 6 bye and look toward a Monday night matchup in Seattle, it appears that Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris (hamstring) once again are in line to serve as Jameis Winston's top wideouts.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Thomas is back as the Saints' No. 1 WR, but he's expected to miss at least five games to open the 2021 season due to injury. This comes after Thomas suffered through an injury-plagued 2020 campaign that saw the veteran wide receiver post a 40-438-0 receiving line in seven regular-season outings. It's a disappointing turn of events after a 2019 campaign in which he set the NFL single-season reception record while posting an incredible 149-1,725-9 receiving line on 185 targets. Thomas had finished four consecutive seasons as a top-seven fantasy WR before last year's debacle. The Saints' QB situation is a question mark for the first time in Thomas' career (and Drew Brees' retirement is sure to hurt his efficiency), but a hefty target share (once healthy) shouldn't be a problem for Thomas, considering the Saints' underwhelming situation behind him on the depth chart. The 28-year-old is a fine mid-round target as he'll be in the WR1 mix when on the field.