Saints’ Michael Thomas may be the best fantasy football receiver in 2019


After just one preseason game, it seems possible that the Saints’ Michael Thomas is the best fantasy football receiver in 2019.

Ever-growing in popularity, fantasy football has blossomed as premier entertainment for those in love with modern-day America’s favorite pastime. Those in the virtual leagues and needing of a receiver, Saints’ Michael Thomas should be on your mind.

Week 3 was all we needed to see of Thomas to know that he could take his game to an even higher level in 2019. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees needed just one preseason drive to showcase his dominance, providing a reassurance for Thomas.

In that drive, he hit Michael Thomas twice, including one highly impressive catch for a 19-yard touchdown.

Thomas ended the game with two receptions and 39 yards.

In a PPR league, Thomas would’ve been just shy of ten points through the team’s opening drive. Under four minutes into the game, Thomas already provided what many just wish a FLEX would give them for an entire game.

A preseason outing, Thomas, who led the league in receptions last season, should be Brees’ No. 1 target. The bulk of the yards in the Saints offense will come from Thomas, Kamara and Brees. The three-headed monster also has a top-tier offensive line.

That’s good for Thomas. Elite wide receivers aren’t necessarily top-tier fantasy receivers unless their quarterback matches their level of play.

Take Larry Fitzgerald, a future Hall of Fame receiver, that was also cuttable on fantasy roster with Josh Rosen leading the Cardinals last season, for example. He went from a top-tier receiver under Carson Palmer to a nobody in the fantasy realm with Rosen.

As for Thomas’ current standings, he’s typically the No. 3 receiver, behind Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins. While it’s fair to place him there, the Texans offense may be hurting as Lamar Miller is potentially out for the season after they fear he tore his ACL.

Adams may still be elite, but the Packers offense won’t be at the level of New Orleans. Both the main target on their respective teams, the better, more structured offense would produce a better option or at least that’s a reasonable opinion.

The real wide receiver that isn’t talked about as much is Tyreek Hill. Unlike current projections, it could be Hill against Thomas for who ends the season as the best fantasy wide receiver.

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That said, expect Thomas to be among the top-three receivers selected, although he easily could end the season as the league’s top receiver, especially in PPR leagues.