Michael Thomas, Jameis Winston Fantasy outlook after Jarvis Landry’s Saints contract | Bleacher report

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Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is returning to his home state after the New Orleans Saints signed the free agent to a deal, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Landry, who was born and raised in Louisiana and went to LSU, now joins a Saints team with a potentially explosive offense. Quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas appear ready to return and join a crew that includes running back Alvin Kamara, wide receiver Chris Olave and one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

Let’s take a look at Thomas and Winston from a fantasy perspective, especially after Landry was signed.

In the FantasyPros points per reception ranking, Thomas ranks 47th overall and 22nd among wide receivers. Winston is 153rd overall and 23rd among quarterbacks.

In other words, Thomas is viewed as a borderline WR2/flex option, while Winston is a backup quarterback at best and a midseason waiver-wire pickup at worst.

Thomas is a huge question mark heading into 2022. He had ankle surgery and then suffered a setback with his injury and missed the entire 2021 season.

The same ankle injury kept him from just seven games in the 2020 season.

When healthy, Thomas is one of the best wide receivers in football and a great fantasy asset. On his way to Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, he caught an NFL-record 149 passes for 1,725 ​​yards.

Prior to this season, the Ohio State ex-star averaged 116 catches and 1,370 yards in 17 games.

Thomas appears to be on track to return in 2022, according to Saints head coach Dennis Allen Rich Eisen Show May 6th.

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“That would be our hope,” Allen said when asked about Thomas’ status in Week 1 (with Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper).

“We feel good about what Mike has accomplished in the rehab process. There are still a few hurdles we need to overcome as each of our guys have had injuries that they are looking to recover from.”

If Thomas is ready to go, don’t expect another massive fantasy season. As ESPN’s Mike Clay noted, the Saints have plenty of players to make happy with Landry.

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If everyone is healthy, the Saints will have a lot of mouths to feed:
Alvin Kamara: ~20% target%
Michael Thomas ~25%
Chris Olave ~20%
Jarvis Landry ~20%
Trautman&TEs: ~18%
+Ingram/FB/other WRs: ~10%

Math doesn’t work.

At the same time, having Landry on the field can help to focus on Thomas, who could have more leeway in secondary.

Ultimately, Thomas is an incredible talent, as evidenced by his first four NFL seasons. If news from training camp suggests all systems are in place for week 1 then at worst he is a WR2 in PPR leagues.

Like Thomas, Winston has a shot at winning fantasy comeback player of the year.

He suffered from one torn ACL and MCL damage during an October 31, 2021 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and missed the remainder of the season. However, Winston seems on track to be QB1 for Week 1 according to Allen (with Pro Football Talk’s Myles Simmons):

“There’s a lot of days between now and Week 1, but we definitely like where he’s at right now. We like the progress he’s making. Man, I really loved a lot of the things he did for us last year — 14 touchdowns, three interceptions. There was just some really good stuff that you see. And my vision and my hope is that he continues to progress at the same level when he’s another year in the system.

Winston’s last full season as QB1 came in 2019 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he threw for 33 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and 5,109 passing yards. He was the No. 5 quarterback in all of fantasy football that year.

This Bucs team had a dynamic pass-catching duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The 2022 Saints will have Thomas (presumably), Ohio State’s potential star rookie Chris Olave, and now Landry. This is a fantastic trio to work with and it’s clear that the Saints’ Passport Corps will be a massive upgrade this year.

Winston didn’t post flashy stats (167.1 yards per game) in his seven games in New Orleans last year, but he showed far more patience and less risk-taking (14:3 TD:INT ratio).

If you combine the best of 2019 Winston and 2021 Winston, we could see a potential fantasy superstar.

Having Landry, a possession receiver with a 17-game average of 95 receptions in his eight-year NFL career, can only help Winston. He should serve as a safety blanket for Winston to matriculate the ball on the field and keep a potentially explosive offense moving.

Consider Winston a solid QB2 entering this season. There is so much quarterback talent in the league these days that Winston can’t be considered a QB1, but Winston could very well break out and enter that sphere by the end of the season if everyone stays healthy.

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