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Player Receiving 6 Votes
Demaryius Thomas, Denver
Feery: Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos offense took a leap backwards last season from a fantasy perspective. Nowhere was that more evident than in the production of Demaryius Thomas, who saw his touchdown numbers nearly cut in half from 2014, and his receiving yardage drop by more than 300 yards – despite receiving only eight fewer targets. The Broncos enter 2016 with Mark Sanchez currently projected to be the starter. He may actually prove to be a decent fit in a game manager type role while Paxton Lynch develops, but that doesn't exactly point to a bounce in productivity for Thomas. He's currently being drafted ahead of receivers such as T.Y. Hilton and Jarvis Landry, both of whom have very real chances to out-produce him in 2016. Thomas definitely remains a fantasy asset, just don't be overly optimistic about his production this season.
Haseley: My interest in Thomas is more of a fade of the Denver passing game than Thomas' ability as a receiver. I am concerned that a rookie quarterback will fail to produce enough scoring opportunities to make Thomas an elite receiver that he is being drafted as. If Mark Sanchez is under center, the likelihood is improved, but still not where I would like it to be in order for Thomas to see consistent production every week. I see a drop off in receiving yards, receptions, and most importantly, touchdowns.