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Saints fans and fantasy owners with Michael Thomas.
News just came out that even after having his ankle injury that has kept him out the first month of the NFL.
Then he gets suspended a game because of well, obviously, uh, getting into an altercation with his own player.
Now a new problem arises on the injury report as a hamstring injury probably suffered during a practice.
And hamstrings are something that are a little bit something you want to take care of.
You do not want a player playing with a hamstring injury because it will continue.
It won't heal up over the course on its own.
It on Lee can be healed through rest and practicing, and playing on it is not going to help anyone in a situation like this.
So that brings the question.
Will Michael Thomas play this week? He is listed as questionable, and God knows the Saints and Drew Brees could definitely use him against divisional rival and upstart Carolina Panthers.
They play this Sunday at 1 p.
m. Eastern standard time.
Right now, they have a half a game lead on them as New Orleans sits at the number two spot behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were foreign to New Orleans Saints or three and two, and the Carolina Panthers are three and three.
If they lose against the Carolina Panthers, that will give Carolina a head to head matchup win against them in their own division in any kind of fight for the playoffs later this season.
Man, that that's not something that I like it all, especially for me saying that, you know, the beginning of the season, I like new the New Orleans Saints toe win the division.
But of course I thought Michael Thomas would be playing.
How important is Michael Thomas to the New Orleans Saints? Well, let's look at this.
Let's look at receivers right now.
The top receivers in the NFL, obviously, DeAndre Hopkins and Amari Cooper have blown off everything in the receiving calling through the first six weeks, DeAndre Hopkins has 47 catches, leading all receivers, but Amari Cooper is only one catch behind him with 46.
And then, in retrospect afterwards, it's Stefon Diggs, Allen Robinson, Robby Anderson from the Carolina Panthers and then who comes in right behind Robby Anderson at six.
Running back Alvin Kamara for the New Orleans Saints.
That's right, Alvin Kamara, the workhorse of the NFL this year.
Remember last year when Carolina Panthers seem to keep coming back to Carolina? Here had Christian McCaffrey and was there workhorse where he was catching footballs and running football so much? Well, this year, it's Alvin Kamara, who has 99 touches through five games.
Yes, that's like 20 touches again, either through carrying the football or catching the football.
He's the leading receiver, the leading receiver on the faint.
And it's not even close.
Tomorrow, like I said, has 38 catches.
The number two receiver on this team is Emmanuel Sanders with 26 26 and then the next bleeding receiver only has 16 and thats track Juan Smith album.
Camara has gotten not the lion's share, the entire prides share of touches on this team Now the good news is he's not the only running back they're using to run the football.
They use him Ah, lot in the passing game, so they bring in Latavius Murray to break Camara from running.
The football is much and he's got 52 rushing attempts so far this year.
So that's the difference between what Carolina was doing with Christian McCaffrey and what the New Orleans Saints is doing with Alvin Kamara.
That is the good news.
They are not completely wearing album Camara out by having him just run the ball ridiculously amount of times, plus throwing it to him, a ridiculous amount of times.
So that's a big deal.
That means that he will still, you know, they're not wearing the tread off of Camara's tires, even though he is the top running back and the top receiver.
He's not going toe have 300 rushing attempts this year.
He's on pace for about 2 30.
Which is it bad, Which isn't bad at all.
No, he's not even on pace for 2 30 rushing attempt.
Let's see, he's on pace for about 200 rushing attempts and Latavius Murray is on pace for about 100 and 60 170.
So that's not shabby, considering they're still using him as wide receiver.
But when Michael Thomas comes back, I have a feeling that they will use album Camara Mawr as a solely running football player rather than just catching out of the backfield so much.
Michael Thomas is a huge addition to this team.
He has definitely started to go down.
He has shown year after year since 2016 that he is throwing the football less and less and less you think about it.
In 2016 he had 670 passing, 673 passing attempts, 5200 yards.
And then in 2017 he dropped to 536 pass attempts for 4300 yards.
And then, in 2018 he had 4 89 passing attempts for just under 4000 yards.
And then last year last year, let's just say he had injuries, right? He missed five games.
He missed five games.
We had Teddy Bridgewater, who was throwing the football for Let's roll back to Carolina because that's who they're facing against this week.
But he still he only had 378 passing attempts for just under 3000 yards this year.
So far, he has 176 passing attempts.
That's gonna put him, let's see here, three.
Right now he is way over the mark of what he should be.
He's looking at, like, 500 passing attempts this year because he's not getting what he normally gets out of his receivers, because over the past few years he's been getting 8.
18 point two, you know, stuff like that per passing attempt.
Right now, he's only getting 7.
6 and he's got three interceptions already on the year when last year and the year before for the entire season, he only had four and five interceptions, respectively.
That's not good.
That means he's not able to go with the deep ball to keep the secondary guessing.
Defense is air able to come up.
They know where he's throwing the football, too, and they're able to guess where he's going to a lot easier than what they can when Michael Thomas is on the field because he's able to spread the football around more.
When you're throwing the one or two guys and that's it, defense is there going to key in on that and come away with knockdowns and interceptions and things of that nature.
I mean its completion percentage.
Is it terrible? At 71 that's pretty darn good.
But it's still down by more than 3% over the last two years.
It's less than what he's had the last three years because he had a 72% completion percentage in 2017.
That's a big deal.
That's I mean, he still has a good.
I mean, he's still playing well.
But the addition of Michael Thomas spreads open that field so much.
But does the addition of Michael Thomas with a hamstring injury, do that? It depends upon the severity.
If it's a light hamstring injury, that isn't going to bother him, then fine playing.
But if it's something that needs to be healed up, keep him off the field.
Do you believe that your team is much better with Michael Thomas on the field? Because that's what you got to think about.
Here's the deal.
If Michael Thomas is a big issue, like if he opens up the offense that much toe where they become a B plus to go from like a B plus team to an A plus team, or even like a B minus team, which is where I see them right now as an offense, a B minus.
If they go from a B minus two and A with Michael Thomas, which I assume they do.
I would want him healed up because I would want him for the long stretch at the end of the end of the season to make that playoff run and not have.
And, uh, so so Michael Thomas for the rest of the season because they didn't decide to let him heal.
Make your playoff push.
Yes, you have to win enough games to make the playoffs.
So you gotta make the playoffs before you can save a player for the playoffs, right? I mean, that's that's obvious.
There's no point in saving a player if you don't make the playoffs.
But if saving Michael Thomas because of a hamstring, which has everything to do with his acceleration, is breakaway speed, his cuts on the field things of that nature makes him a better target, a better receiver, which is what you need right now on the Saints, as opposed to an average guy.
I mean, it doesn't it doesn't hurt his hands.
Obviously, he still catch the football.
But you want an open receiver, you wanna open Michael Thomas with breakaway speed and agility and the ability to make really good cuts on his routes so that he could get himself open for easier completions if need be.
I would keep Michael Thomas out another week against the Carolina Panthers, so I don't know, even if you're a fantasy owner right now, I wouldn't start Michael Thomas even though he may play.
I wouldn't start him because he's got a hamstring injury and he's still dealing with the ankle injury that kept him out the first month of the NFL.
Those air to injuries that are devastating the wide receivers.
And yet, yes, I get.
He's one of the best receivers in the NFL.
But when you play football, hamstrings and ankles not good for receivers or cornerbacks, not good at all.
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Interesting NFC East fighting for the number two spot in the NFC East right behind the Dallas Cowboys.
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It's still a tight division.
There's only a one game separation between the leader and the rest of the NFC East.
It is a tight, even though, even though it's a horrible division, as a lot of people are saying the NFC least, it's still a tight fight for who takes that division very much, very, very much like the the Saints division, where only one game separates the Buccaneers, the Saints and the Carolina Panthers, which is the game I was just talking about now.
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Michael Thomas, in my opinion, with a hamstring injury.
If it's that bad, he needs to sit out.
As important as he is, because he adds another dynamic and another weapon for Drew Brees, you want him healthy, long term for the playoff push.
So until next time on, Lawrence going for SportsCastr news and I want you have a good one.