New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) could miss up to five games after ankle surgery, per The Athletic. Thomas was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain and could now be sidelined through the team’s Week 6 bye. It’s a significant blow to the star wideout’s fantasy value, as he now becomes a mid-to-late round injury stash for a team transitioning to a new quarterback. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Saints bring in a veteran receiver, given their limited depth. Already a popular breakout pick, Tre’Quan Smith figures to see a large target share and could be a wise investment for fantasy managers if he can take advantage of the opportunity. Marquez Callaway and Adam Trautman could be sneaky late-round sleepers- though perhaps the real winner from a fantasy perspective is running back Alvin Kamara, who will be tasked with a large workload through the first several weeks of the season.
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