It’s been a long and winding road for Michael Thomas. It started with a high ankle sprain early in the 2020 season, then there was an aggravation, followed by drama about whether or not to have surgery. Thomas finally had the torn ligaments repaired last summer and went on to miss the entire 2021 season.
Now Thomas is back and has been a participant throughout training camp. Unfortunately another injury occurred, causing him to miss time. He suffered a hamstring strain on August 21, two and a half weeks ago. This type of soft tissue injury is fairly common when coming back from such a serious surgery and a lengthy layoff. Thomas’ hamstring seems to be relatively mild (according to our algorithm it’s a grade 1). It comes with a three week Optimal Recovery Time, which he will hit this weekend.
Unfortunately Thomas’ overall Injury Risk remains High (25%). His body has been through so much over the last two years, and I’m not confident he can stay healthy at this point in his career. I’m expecting some explosive weeks from him, but he won’t be a consistent fantasy producer in 2022. Proceed with caution before drafting him or plugging him into DFS lineups. He certainly shouldn’t be in consideration for week 1.