Is Michael Thomas dead to you?
Michael Thomas’ price is going to fall, no doubt. My guess is that he’ll fall to the 2-3 turn in redraft leagues, maybe a little later because of a couple of reasons.
One, because of the season he had, or lack thereof. He had an injury riddled season, with a diva-like cherry on top. He allegedly punched a teammate in practice because he was called “slant boy.”
Well, slant boy should still get it done for you in PPR leagues in 2021, regardless of whether Drew Brees returns or not. Taysom Hill seemed to have looked for Michael Thomas in each of the four games they played together.
From Weeks 11-14 (the four games Hill and Thomas played together), Thomas received a 33% target share, the highest of any WR in that span. He averaged 7.5 catches on 9.5 targets for 85.8 yards – that’s pretty much the Michael Thomas we know.
If you’re not fun at parties and you play in a non-PPR league, I’m not interested in Thomas… but if you like points, Thomas can be a value.
It’s tough to not let the frustrating vibe and aura around a player affect you taking them the following year, but we have to treat each season differently, and the price might be just fine going into 2021. Let this just be general advice to re-evaluate from scratch every season.
This clip was taken from the recent Upper Hand Fantasy Podcast I did with @fantasy.football.analyst. We go over a bunch of busts from 2020, how we’re viewing them going into 2021, and whether we can learn some lessons to avoid similar mistakes moving forward in our fantasy draft process. Here’s the link to the Apple Podcast version, but you can find the podcast on almost any podcast platform you use, including Spotify.