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WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

6-3, 224Born: 12-25-1987College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 0

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Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Super Bowl Rematch! Peyton Manning had a nightmare from the very first snap of the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 - he eventually posted 34/49 for 280 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -1 yards, but the final score was 8-43 in favor of Seattle. One of the interceptions that Manning threw was returned for a pick-six TD. Manning is the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback through two games, but is tied for the league lead with six passing scores - he's thrown 43/62 for for 511 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions so far this year (with 5/-4/0 rushing in typical Peyton Manning fashion). Five of Manning's six TDs have gone to tight ends this year, with 13 targets for 11/143/4 flowing to Julius Thomas and one for 1/4/1 landing in Jacob Tamme's arms. Demaryius Thomas has seen 18 targets for 9/110/1 receiving, tied with Emmanuel Sanders at 18 targets (for 14/185/0 receiving) to lead the team in targets so far this season. Manning has a wealth of receivers to choose from, and it looks like Wes Welker will be back in action during Week 3, unless there is a hang-up with the new NFL-NFLPA drug testing agreement. Seattle was exposed by the Chargers on Sunday - San Diego piled up 28/37 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions, while Philip Rivers was sacked just once for -8 yards. Antonio Gates snaffled up all three TDs with seven targets for 7/96/3 receiving - Seattle trailed the final three quarters of the game. To date, Seattle ranks 18th in the NFL averaging 225.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. There are some lessons for the Broncos to learn from last week's game. Manning was frustrated by the Seahawks seven months ago - he has a tough neutral matchup ahead in the Seahawks' vociferous house this week. The rushing matchup is bad for the Broncos, so if they are to be competitive in this game it will be up to Manning and his passing arm.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs IND 0 0 0 11 4 48 0 0
2 vs KC 0 0 0 7 5 62 1 0
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs IND (11 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Consistency has been a problem with Demaryius Thomas in the past, and it reared its head once again against the Colts. Thomas finished with several drops, including dropping a well-executed screen pass that would have easily converted for a first down. After a key conversion in traffic on 3rd and 2, Thomas was the target on three straight incomplete passes at the goal line. On the first, he wasn't able to fight through a cornerback well enough on a fade route. On the second, he was double-covered. On the third, he fell down coming out of his break. He made a couple of key third-down conversions, and it was only one game, but on the whole Thomas was more of a liability than an asset to the Denver passing game.

2014 Week 2 vs KC (7 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)

After a drop-filled week 1 performance, Demaryius Thomas played focused and angry against the Kansas City Chiefs, repeatedly catching short passes and weaving through the defense to turn them into big gains. Thomas' combination of size and speed was evident every time he touched the ball, and Kansas City was only able to answer it on one play, a short catch on 3rd-and-4 where the Chiefs brought Thomas down short of the first. Demaryius' biggest play of the night didn't even show up in the stat sheet; Thomas took a short pass, cut between two defenders, then accelerated away from the secondary for a 55-yard gain that could have easily been an 80-yard touchdown had Thomas not stepped out of bounds near the end. Unfortunately, the play was called back due to an ineligible man downfield penalty, as offensive tackle Chris Clark was three yards beyond the line of scrimmage at the time of the throw. In addition to his success after the catch, Demaryius Thomas caught a beautiful touchdown on a fade pass; tightly covered, Thomas had to bring the ball in with one hand while fending off the defender with his other.

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Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker to return to slot (Wed Sep 17, 04:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving WR Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite WR Demaryius Thomas. WR Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.

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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas vows to fix drops (Sat Sep 13, 10:16 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas dropped three passes in the team's Week 1 game, but he says the rough outing is behind him and expects the fix the problem. 'My main thing was trying to get the ball up the field too fast,' Thomas said. 'So, this week has been mainly watch the ball in before I make the move.'

Our View: Peyton Manning has been known to help his receivers have bounce back weeks. Don't be surprised if Thomas is the #1 overall fantasy receiver this week.
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Broncos | Andre Caldwell starting Week 1 (Sun Sep 7, 06:51 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell is listed as a starter for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 7, in place of the suspended WR Wes Welker. The team is expected to use a combination of WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and even their running backs in the slot for Week 1. The team might also use two tight ends while using flex TE Jacob Tamme in the slot.

Our View: Caldwell is looking like the safer PPR play, while Cody Latimer's rumored red zone involvement makes him the upside play in nonPPR leagues. Both are worth consideration as flex material simply by being one of Peyton Manning's targets tonight against a weak defense.
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Schedule

3@ Seattle Seahawks
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders