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Michael Thomas will not play in Week 4 vs. Vikings in London

We break down the news that Michael Thomas is dealing with a foot injury. What it means for Week 4 and beyond.

Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints reacts after making a catch for a first down against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Friday later update: Thomas is out for this matchup, per Adam Schefter. Tre’Quan Smith will likely get his snaps, but with Andy Dalton at the helm this week, Jarvis Landry may be more in line to see targets.

Friday update: Michael Thomas was yet again not practicing Friday, per Katherine Terrell. This likely puts him on the doubtful side of questionable. Tre’Quan Smith would likely see the biggest bump in work if he sits.

Thursday update: The Saints are back at practice and Michael Thomas was not at the early portion, per Mike Triplett. He’ll likely get a DNP tag for this practice with one remaining to get on the field.

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas was absent from the early portion of practice on Wednesday ahead of Week 4 vs. the Minnesota Vikings in London this week. Thomas sustained a toe injury in Week 3 vs. the Carolina Panthers but the team says he avoided anything major.

Fantasy football implications

We’ll see how much MT practices this week. It could be a case where Thomas doesn’t do much but gets a limited practice in Friday before the weekend. Chances are he’ll carry a questionable tag, which doesn’t bode well for fantasy considering the early start in London. This also could be a spot to fade given his injury history and what we know about teams performing across the pond. Sometimes the travel and routine throws players off. Jameis Winston is also banged up and worth monitoring.

Rookie WR Chris Olave is already leading the Saints receiving core with 17 receptions on 29 targets for 268 yards. Thomas is the one with all the TDs (3) so far this season. If Thomas is sidelined, Olave becomes an elite play with WR1 upside. He’s better suited as a WR2 or FLEX play right now. WR Jarvis Landry wouldn’t be a bad PPR play as a FLEX if Thomas misses this week.