Michael Thomas Having Absurd Season With More Catches Than Entire WR Groupings of Other NFL Teams

Dan Israeli
Arizona Cardinals v New Orleans Saints
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When you go by the nickname "Can't Guard Mike," you better be able to back it up on the football field. So far this season, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has done just that, as he is on pace to break the single-season record for receptions of 143, set by Marvin Harrison in 2002.

In Week 11, Thomas became the fastest wide receiver to reach 90 receptions in a season. He enters Week 12 with 94 catches so far, which is something two NFL teams can't say about their entire wide receiver corps.

Thomas has had a truly remarkable season so far catching the football. Outside of a five-catch performance in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, he's caught at least eight passes in his other nine games. In addition, Thomas already has five games of double-digit catches, to go with six 100-yard games.

Despite playing half of his games so far with a very conservative quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, Thomas is still headed for the greatest season of his very impressive young career. Over a 16-game span, Thomas is on pace for 150 catches, 1,825 yards and roughly eight touchdowns.

For those who drafted Thomas in the late-first, early-second round of fantasy drafts, he has arguably been the fantasy MVP for his incredible consistency. He has exceeded double-digit points every week in 0.5 PPR leagues, and possesses blowup potential, like he showed in his first meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5 (11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns).

Next up for Thomas and the Saints is a Week 12 date with the Carolina Panthers, when he will lock up with top corner James Bradberry, who held Julio Jones to a somewhat respectable line of six catches for 90 yards and no touchdowns in Week 11.

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