Everyone knows Michael Thomas will be a first round pick in fantasy drafts this year, but should he be considered for the first overall pick? Saints reporter Kyle Mosley and SI fantasy analyst Corey Parson weigh in on what they expect from Michael Thomas in 2020.
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Kaitlin O'Toole: Sports Illustrated is taking you inside the world of fantasy sports. Joining me now from Saints News Network is Kyle Mosley and SI's fantasy and gambling analyst Corey Parson. Kyle, let's start with you. Do you think Michael Thomas can possibly repeat or top his his 2019 season, which was pretty historic?
Kyle Mosley: Pretty historic, but it's going to be pretty tough to be able to repeat that tremendous performance that he had, especially with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders to the lineup, and I believe that we are going to have a full complement with Alvin Kamara coming out of the backfield. So I project Michael Thomas to have around 1200 to 1300 yards this season and also possibly between 8 to 10 touchdowns.
Kaitlin O'Toole: Pretty big statistics. So, Corey, I want to get your take on that. Is Michael Thomas a first round fantasy draft pick?
Corey Parson: He's definitely a first round fantasy draft pick, Kaitlin, right now as ADP is sitting at four. But my thing is, can he be the number one overall pick? Listen, that's normally a spot that's reserved for running back. Right now Christian McCaffrey has a lock on that spot, but Christian McCaffrey is going into a different situation this year. You bring in Joe Brady, Matt Rule. You don't know how they're going to run the offense. Not to mention we're in the pandemic right now. There's no real time to get that offense going.
Whereas Michael Thomas is coming back to an offense that he's familiar with, been in the last four years since he entered the NFL. And he's put up amazing numbers. 470 receptions, over 5000 receiving yards in his career and he's only into his fourth year. Listen, in order for a wide receiver to be 1-1, you have to put up monster Antonio Brown numbers, and Michael Thomas has been doing that. So I do think he's well worthy of being the top pick in fantasy in 2020.
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