Here's why the Saints need a number-two WR behind Michael Thomas (1 Viewer)

By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Michael Thomas is an elite wide receiver in the NFL. He leads the league in catches (45) and receiving yards (543), reeling in 81.8% of his targets from all three of the New Orleans Saints quarterbacks — Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill. But how long can the Saints ask Thomas to carry the weight of the passing game on his own?

Sure, running back Alvin Kamara functions as Thomas’s sidekick (he’s drawn 31 targets, the second-most through five games). And veteran tight end Jared Cook seems to have made progress last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Cook keeps improving the Saints might have three weapons they can go to consistently. But that’s a big “if.”

This chart from Ryan McDowell of Rotoworld may illustrate the point better. McDowell found the difference in value between each team’s number-one wide receiver and the number-two wideout behind them, using points-per-reception fantasy scoring to illustrate the issue. Check it out:

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